This article examines the biopolitical footprint of a new wave of NGO interventions which conjoin the futures of youth with that of the nation, and which thereby seek to naturalise an institutional sovereignty over moral temporalities of future-making. By inverting the political onto the personal, these unorthodox interventions challenge extant sociological constructs of development, and further affirm the salience of an ethnographic turn in NGO scholarship. To this end, I trace the quotidian coordinates of such a moral politics out of the Right to Dream Academy, Ghana, which serves as a prototype for NGO interventions concerned not solely with locating the ontological limits of self-transformation but in redeploying such limits to address Africa’s development crises. Opening up novel theoretical directions for NGO scholarship, I propose an extension of Scott’s (2010) concept of reinventive institutions, positing a sociologically-informed reframing of NGO interventions connected to interdisciplinary work on youth, morality and futurity.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association|
|Early online date||22 May 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2019|