NGOs Study KitPublisher: Ten Days for World Development
Year Published: 1988
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX3382
Abstract: Another in the Ten Days series, this kit opens with an overview essay by Bob Fugere, Executive Director of the Inter-Church Fund for International Organizations. He points out that Canadian NGOS, working with their Third World counterparts, have achieved successes that have won praise from many sources, including the Standing Committee on External Affairs and International Trade (SCEAIT). But "this study paper will move beyond the generally positive first impressions to ask questions about the effectiveness of different NGOs as agents of development."
Mr. Fugere's experience with the Inter-Church Fund, allows him to use its objectives as a standard for evaluation. He defines its aims as the undertaking of development work "with a clear preferential option for the poor and powerless" and a commitment to "the creation and maintenance of just, participatory and substantial societies, rather than simply being concerned with a nation's Gross National Product."
The kit includes: a case study of Canadian development aid in the Philippines; several "Other Perspectives" sheets; NGOs in Africa by Tim Brodhead; international development; and "Strings: A Development Parable."
Other standard features include a guideline sheet for Biblical reflection and a role-playing game to help Canadians become familiar with the types of assistance Canada provides. A bibliography of reports, articles, newsletters, periodicals and books completes this fine study kit.