Here to Help: NGOs Combating Poverty in Latrin America

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Over $6 billion in developmental assistance is funneled annually through non-governmental organizations (NGOs), yet little is understood about the nature of their relationship with communities and the real impact of their work. This book examines what role national and international NGOs really play in fighting poverty in Latin America. Expert NGO professionals and scholars explore grass-root relationships between international religious and secular NGOs and poor communities. They probe the power structures, ...
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Overview

Over $6 billion in developmental assistance is funneled annually through non-governmental organizations (NGOs), yet little is understood about the nature of their relationship with communities and the real impact of their work. This book examines what role national and international NGOs really play in fighting poverty in Latin America. Expert NGO professionals and scholars explore grass-root relationships between international religious and secular NGOs and poor communities. They probe the power structures, cultural assumptions, dangers, achievements, and possibilities that underlie NGOs' work. While fighting poverty is the mission of many NGOs, they often fail to make things better, and may even make things worse. By providing a forum for Northern and Southern NGOs, donors, scholars, and poor people themselves, this book explores the causes and cures of poverty, and presses at the boundaries of our understanding of participatory development. It identifies both internal and external factors that influence the success of NGO projects, and moves beyond standard best-practice theory to probe more deeply the relationships that underlie poverty and how these relationships can be shifted to achieve solutions.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765611079
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/3/2003
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Map vii
Here to Help: NGO Meets Community--And What Happens Next? ix
1. Smallholder Agriculture and Poverty Alleviation in Indigenous Communities 3
2. Making a Statement or Finding a Role: British NGOs in Latin America 28
3. Perceptions: NGOs in a Context of Socioeconomic Change, Argentina at the End of the 1990s 48
4. Visions of Development: Catholic NGOs and Indigenous Communities in Northwestern Argentina 65
5. Market Articulation and Poverty Eradication? Critical Reflection on Tourist-Oriented Craft Production in Amazonian Ecuador 83
6. Women, Microenterprise Development, and Poverty in Bolivia 105
7. The Transformation Side of Microenterprise: The Case of the Opportunity International Program in Honduras 117
8. Awakening: Campesino Families, Development Institutions, and the Process of Socioeconomic Change 150
9. NGOs and Ecotourism in Ecuador's Amazon 157
10. Disencumbering Development: Alleviating Poverty Through Autonomy in Chiapas 174
Notes 199
References 205
About the Editor and Contributors 221
Index 227
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