In international development, shared ownership is assumed to be a condition for effectiveness. Academic studies question this relation, claiming shared ownership can instead lead to ineffectiveness. This study analysed the interplay between ownership and effectiveness in a transnational advocacy network for conflict prevention observed 2012–2015. Building on recent discussions about balancing unity and diversity in networks, this article unpacks the ownership/effectiveness relationship into three dimensions: collective identity, accountability processes and a shared advocacy message. We find that the question is not about more or less effectiveness, but about the processes shaping the meaning of effectiveness in particular institutional constellations.

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Third World Quarterly: journal of emerging areas
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Arensman, B. (Bodille), van Wessel, M. (Margit), & Hilhorst, T. (2017). Does local ownership bring about effectiveness? The case of a transnational advocacy network. Third World Quarterly: journal of emerging areas, 38(6), 1310–1326. doi:10.1080/01436597.2016.1257908