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At the service of community development : the professionalization of volunteer work in Kenya and Tanzania.

Brown, Hannah and Green, Maia (2015) 'At the service of community development : the professionalization of volunteer work in Kenya and Tanzania.', African studies review., 85 (02). pp. 63-84.


This article explores the changing nature of the “volunteer” as an official role within health and development interventions in East Africa. Contemporary development interventions require the engagement of volunteers to act as links between project and community. This role is increasingly professionalized within development architectures with implications for the kinds of people who can engage in volunteering opportunities. Volunteers in development interventions are likely to be drawn from public sector staff and from educated youth seeking access to positions of paid employment. Volunteering as a formal status within the organization of development programs is recognized as a kind of professional work by those seeking to engage with development organizations. Volunteers perform important work in linking development programs with beneficiaries. At the same time, volunteering provides opportunities for personal transformation.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Volunteering, Development, Work, Community, Kenya, Tanzania.
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Publisher statement:© African Studies Association 2015. This paper has been published in a revised form, subsequent to editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in 'African Studies Review' (58: 02 (2015) 63-84)
Date accepted:02 July 2014
Date deposited:25 January 2016
Date of first online publication:01 September 2015
Date first made open access:No date available

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