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The "invisible NGO" : US evangelical missions in Kenya.

Hearn, Julie (2002) The "invisible NGO" : US evangelical missions in Kenya. Journal of Religion in Africa, 32 (1). pp. 32-60.

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Abstract

This article argues that the beginning of the new millennium marks not the end of the missionary era but its high point. Critical changes have taken place in international development policy, resulting in a smaller role for the state and a greater role for non-state agencies, including NGOs. In Kenya, American evangelical missions constitute one of the most important of these groups, but their significance is overlooked, hence they are described as 'invisible'. The article examines the role of missions as implementers of the New Policy Agenda in Kenya, focusing on five organisations and their involvement in such matters as health care, AIDS, family planning and food security. It enriches our understanding of the contemporary role of mission-related Christianity in Africa, and explores the relationship between American evangelical missions and the international aid regime.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Religion in Africa
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 35495
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2011 10:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:52
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/35495

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