A sociological analysis of intermediary non-governmental organizations and land reform in contemporary Zimbabwe

September 2006
Kirk Helliker (Ph.D. thesis, Rhodes University)

The thesis offers a sociological understanding of intermediary NGOs in the modern world through a study of NGOs and land reform in contemporary Zimbabwe. Since 2000, a radical restructuring of agrarian relations has occurred, based upon the massive redistribution of land. Local empowering initiatives have dramatically asserted themselves against globalizing trajectories. These changes have posed serious challenges to land NGOs involved in land reform either as advocates for reform or as rural development NGOs. Shows how a range of diverse land NGOs has handled the heightened contradictions in their social field in ways that maintain their organizational coherence and integrity.