Degree Year

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Latin American Studies

Advisor(s)

Kristina Mani

Committee Member(s)

Steven Volk
Claire Solomon

Keywords

NGOs, Womens rights, Nicaragua

Abstract

This research examines the funding practices of international non-governmental organizations supporting grassroots women's groups in Nicaragua. Specifically, it explores the disconnect between the theoretical ideals and organizational practices of foreign donor agencies and the "on the ground" perspectives of grassroots women's organizations regarding the best use of international development resources in promoting women's rights and empowerment in Nicaragua. This thesis investigates why this discrepancy exists and what can be done to reconcile the divide. The suggestions put forth in this work are rooted in the ideas of people in the field, specifically interviews with leaders from both international and local organizations about the relationship between the two kinds of organizations. The thesis is divided into five chapters covering a brief history of Nicaragua, Nicaraguan women's movements, the role of NGOs, key ideas from the interviews, and final conclusions.

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