Event Title

The Impact of NGOs on Poverty in Haiti and Nicaragua

Faculty Mentor

Ginger Williams, Ph.D.

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Location

West Center, Room 219

Start Date

21-4-2017 3:45 PM

Description

Since the 1980s, non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, have become increasingly prominent in the international-aid sector of civil society in lesser-developed countries, including those in Latin America. While many began as community-driven and grassroots organizations that fought for the empowerment and rights of the masses, their increasing dependence on donor support has caused them to lose much of their roots of advocacy, empowerment, and long-term development work. Their donor dependence has also caused NGOs and aid agencies in general (including charities and nonprofits) to become less transparent and accountable. Haiti and Nicaragua, in particular, are examples of countries in Latin America that have seen shortcomings in the area of international aid in their civil societies. Yet, NGOs and aid agencies are still very important to the civil society of foreign, developing nations and must be amended to return to their original community-driven and grassroots ways, in order to most effectively help the populations they aim to serve.

Course Assignment

IDVS 490 – Williams

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Apr 21st, 3:45 PM

The Impact of NGOs on Poverty in Haiti and Nicaragua

West Center, Room 219

Since the 1980s, non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, have become increasingly prominent in the international-aid sector of civil society in lesser-developed countries, including those in Latin America. While many began as community-driven and grassroots organizations that fought for the empowerment and rights of the masses, their increasing dependence on donor support has caused them to lose much of their roots of advocacy, empowerment, and long-term development work. Their donor dependence has also caused NGOs and aid agencies in general (including charities and nonprofits) to become less transparent and accountable. Haiti and Nicaragua, in particular, are examples of countries in Latin America that have seen shortcomings in the area of international aid in their civil societies. Yet, NGOs and aid agencies are still very important to the civil society of foreign, developing nations and must be amended to return to their original community-driven and grassroots ways, in order to most effectively help the populations they aim to serve.