Managing International Development Agencies (IDAs): The Significance of External Stakeholders

Kiraka, Ruth, Manning, Karen and Armstrong, Anona ORCID: 0000-0002-2158-088X (2003) Managing International Development Agencies (IDAs): The Significance of External Stakeholders. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


International development agencies (IDAs) operate in a context of diverse stakeholder interests. They need to consider the significance of each category of stakeholders to determine the interest and power to influence the operations of the IDA. Using interviews and mail questionnaires, fifty-six Australian-based IDAs were examined to determine the extent to which they perceive stakeholders as influencing their work. The research showed that two categories of stakeholders ' donors and governments, were considered the most influential and powerful, hence the need to give priority to their expectations and needs. However, the 'weaker' stakeholders ' development clients and partner agencies, legitimise the existence of IDAs, hence their needs cannot be overlooked. The challenge for the IDA is in balancing the needs of its different categories of stakeholders as ignoring some could result in undermining its credibility.

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
DOI 14
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords international development agencies; external stakeholders
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