2020-2021 Global Development Studies Senior Thesis Projects

Kari Nolasco '21

Kariza Ysabelle Bautista Nolasco '21

Project Title: The Role of Non-governmental Organizations in Alleviating Issues of Global Health.

Summary: The World Bank defines non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as “private organizations that pursue activities to relieve suffering, promote interests, protect, provide basic social services or undertake community development.” NGOs relieve countries from the effects of globalization, since the development project exacerbated the wealth disparity in developing countries. This thesis highlights themes of how NGOs play a role in alleviating health issues brought upon by the direct impacts globalization has on poor communities. Understanding the role of NGOs on the basis of international aid is imperative towards gaining deeper insight on best practices for uplifting the physical, social, and economic well-being of marginalized communities. demonstrates that in the case studies of Japan, The Philippines, and communities along the USA-Mexico border, the role of NGOs is to partner with political leaders and financial powers to increase awareness for the health issues faced by these populations, hold governments accountable for policy change, and expand resources that best remedy the given circumstances for those affected.  NGOs interact with people living with HIV/AIDS through advocacy and spreading awareness, and attempt to hold governments accountable. It is the ability of NGOs to humanize institutional processes that sets its influence apart from state power.