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It is conventionally seen as a collection of various kinds of non-profit bodies separate from the state and business sector.

The arena model allows analysis of the intrinsic power relations in day-to-day struggles.

Power relations inside the different organisations figure in the arena model.

But: these three are in fact different organisations!

Although the whole NGO is affected by the decisions of its donors, these are decisions mainly carried out on the level of the directors and the managers: they are judged mainly based on the needs of their donors who are all abroad and influenced by other political realities than that of Zimbabwe, while the organisation’s field officers are dealing with the direct needs of the people: the organisation (as well as all others in the arena) is a half-open system.

Many homegrown villains from Mengistu to Mobutu to Mugabe are blameworthy.

In the 1980s they discovered the virtues of the non-profit branch of this sector.

They tasked older entities such as mission hospitals and newly-arrived non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with providing a range of services, from schooling and healthcare to small enterprise promotion, that were once considered responsibilities of the public sector.

In much of Africa, public institutions have decayed.

In some cases – Somalia, Congo, Sierra Leone – they have collapsed outright.

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