A mile in their shoes: NGOs' perspectives on cross-cultural development

dc.contributor.advisorReid, Donald
dc.contributor.authorKaterberg, Leah
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-08T16:40:13Z
dc.date.available2020-12-08T16:40:13Z
dc.date.copyright2009
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Rural Planning and Developmenten_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.description.abstractAs the development/international aid 'industry' has grown in scale and scope, its increased visibility has attracted attention from critics who suggest that inadequate consideration of culture has limited its effectiveness. This study provides the perspective of Canadian-based NGOs on the issues and barriers they face in cross-cultural work, and the strategies they use to overcome them. The most dominant barriers to cultural relevance were found to be imbedded in NGOs' relationships with their donors and with their partners in the field. The research found that NGOs aim to be culturally relevant by encouraging partners in the field to facilitate much of the program design and implementation work, given the rationale that these partners better understand the local culture. In addition, NGOs recognize that donors must be educated on the realities of communities that receive their funds so that donations can be directed towards culturally relevant needs.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/23287
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectdevelopment aid industryen_US
dc.subjectinternational aid industryen_US
dc.subjectcultural relavanceen_US
dc.subjectNGOsen_US
dc.subjectcross-cultural worken_US
dc.titleA mile in their shoes: NGOs' perspectives on cross-cultural developmenten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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