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Tracing the geography of NGOs: Exploring where Canadian development organizations work and why

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Title: Tracing the geography of NGOs: Exploring where Canadian development organizations work and why
Author: Dicks, Heather; Paras, Andrea; Martel, Andréanne; Johnson, Craig; Davis, John-Michael
Department: Department of Political Science
Abstract: As NGOs have emerged as arguably the most prominent actors within the global development enterprise, their international activities and presence have grown to represent a key area of inquiry for development scholars. Existing literature on the geographic distribution of development NGOs leans heavily on quantitative analysis, which lends little insight into the deeper motivations behind the location-based decisions that these organizations make; this study uses a qualitative lens to fill this gap, shedding light on the question “Why do NGOs work where they do”? After interviewing representatives from 22 Canadian development NGOs, the research team determined several key catalysts, which shape the geography of these entities. These factors include existing relationships, personal visits, local requests, logistical ease, funder restrictions, documented need, and humanitarian crises. Furthermore, the decision-making framework related to project locations appears to evolve as organizations grow.
Date: 2023-03-08
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Related Publications: Dicks, H., Paras, A., Martel, A. et al. Tracing the Geography of NGOs: Exploring where Canadian Development Organizations Work and Why. Voluntas (2023).
Embargoed Until: 2024-03-08

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