2018-2019 Global Development Studies Senior Thesis Projects

Mickey Liebrecht '19

Project Title: NGO Efficacy Tanzania and Zimbabwe

Summary: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have worked to provide better opportunities and economic growth for high and low-income nations since before the second world war. Their primary goal has been to help a nation or community to develop, and to become healthier and more self-sustainable.  However, to what degree is this goal achieved? By studying communities in lower income countries such as Tanzania and Zimbabwe, it is possible to take a more detailed approach to assessing what NGOs polcies work (or do not) for local communities, considering the historical, political, economic and social context of those communities. This project explores NGO development policies aimed at improving a community’s prosperity and identifies the reasons why communities perceive the effect of NGO policies as beneficial or damaging.