Event Title

Partnerships and Mandates: Power Relations Between Donor and Recipient NGOs Promoting Gender Equality in Nicaragua

Presenter Information

Alyssa Phelps, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, K209

Start Date

4-24-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 5:30 PM

Abstract

The international aid community has become increasingly invested in the promotion of women’s rights and empowerment in developing nations. What does this mean for grassroots women’s organizations? To better understand the underlying power dynamics between international nongovernmental organizations and grassroots’ women’s organizations, I conducted interviews with leaders of international and local NGOs in Nicaragua. This case study brings to light the complexities of the interactions between these groups and provides suggestions for creating more equitable and effective relationships through an increased emphasis on listening and inclusive policy-making.

Notes

Session 3, Panel 19 - By Any Other Name: The Complexities of Ascription
Moderator: Kristina Mani, Associate Professor of Politics

Link to full text thesis at OhioLINK ETD Center:
http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=oberlin1432905939

Major

Latin American Studies

Advisor(s)

Kristina Mani, Politics

Project Mentor(s)

Kristina Mani, Politics

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Partnerships and Mandates: Power Relations Between Donor and Recipient NGOs Promoting Gender Equality in Nicaragua

Science Center, K209

The international aid community has become increasingly invested in the promotion of women’s rights and empowerment in developing nations. What does this mean for grassroots women’s organizations? To better understand the underlying power dynamics between international nongovernmental organizations and grassroots’ women’s organizations, I conducted interviews with leaders of international and local NGOs in Nicaragua. This case study brings to light the complexities of the interactions between these groups and provides suggestions for creating more equitable and effective relationships through an increased emphasis on listening and inclusive policy-making.