Here to Help: NGOs Combating Poverty in Latin America

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M.E. Sharpe, 2003 - History - 252 pages
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Over six billion dollars 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 NGOs really play in fighting poverty in Latin America. Expert NGO professionals and scholars explore grass-roots relationships between international religious and secular NGOs and poor communities. They probe the power structures, cultural assumptions, dangers and possibilities that underlie NGOs' work. While fighting poverty is the mission of many NGOs, most are aware that they often fail to make things better, and, in fact, may 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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Contents

Smallholder Agriculture and Poverty Alleviation in Indigenous
3
British NGOs
28
NGOs in a Context of Socioeconomic Change
48
Tables
50
Catholic NGOs and Indigenous
65
Market Articulation and Poverty Eradication? Critical Reflection
83
Women Microenterprise Development and Poverty in Bolivia
105
Campesino Families Development Institutions
150
NGOs and Ecotourism in Ecuadors Amazon
157
Alleviating Poverty Through
174
Notes
199
References
205
About the Editor and Contributors
221
Index
227
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Dr. Robyn Eversole is originally from Clarksburg, West Virginia, and now lives in Tasmania with her husband, Wayne; their daughter, Rebekkah; and various household members with fur, feathers, and fins. As an anthropologist, she has worked in South America and in universities across Australia. She has published six books for children.

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