Assessing NGO’s contribution to the overall quality of life and sustainability of the community, a case study

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  • SDG 16
  • SDG 11
  • Abstract:

    Abstract: The study first aims to determine the contribution of none governmental organizations, (NGO’s) to the overall quality of life of the community and its members. Quality of life is a vague and difficult concept and students have not yet agreed on the definition of quality of life (Kruger, Rootenberg, & Ellis, 2013; Massam, 2002; Dissart and Deller; 2000). The question that needs to be answered is how many of these statements have been translated into sustainable actions? In its simplest form it describes a person’s satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their life. Well-being and quality of life usually means the same (Kim, Uysal & Sirgy, 2013) and can be measured from a multi-material dimension and non-material dimension (Easterlin and Angelescu, 2012; Stiglitz, Sen & Fitoussi, 2010). Secondly it identifies the socio-demographic variables relative to quality of life perceptions. Embracing the framework of appreciative inquiry the researchers looks at how community engagement has continued to strive towards sustainability to be sustained in communities and then add to the quality of life in a community. There is a focus on the levels of interest in community engagement, with the intervention of students in a structured academic programme and what is being done by higher education institutions to sustain that interest. Theoretically this study contributes to the body of knowledge on the contribution of the School of Tourism and Hospitality, (STH), working with students over the last years (2014, 2015 and 2016). It is important that the STH develop long-term strategies for the NGO’s that will benefit the community and its members and so ensure the sustainability of the relationship with the NGO’s and improve the overall quality of life.