Western Foreign Aid to NGO’s – Privileges and Perils
Assignment: In this unit we will study an example of the privileges and perils of Western foreign aid for civil society building. The example is an NGO called PROTECTA in Serbia, a country that had been part of the former Yugoslavia until its break-up in the early 1990’s. Questions to consider: What were the forces making PROTECTA possible? What impact did the foreign aid have on PROTECTA’s mission and purpose? What are the pros and cons of aid from countries such as the U.S. or the UK? If you were the chief executive, what steps would you take to stay true to the mission while pursuing sustainability? What concepts or facts in the assigned readings did you find helpful in understanding the case?
The reading:in the attachment
- Case study: PROTECTA: Promoting Civil Society in Serbia (purchase from Harvard)
- Balkan Boom to Bust: Vanishing NGOs in Bosnia leave lessons in their wake (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
- Beyond Aid: Non-Governmental Development NGO Values and the Fourth Position, by Alan Fowler
- DFID merged with FCO and Aid groups deny they were consulted on DFID merger, Devex, June 16, 2020