Faith-Based Non-Governmental Organizations: Motivations and Impacts


  • Marissa Chase


Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are often seen as the best way in which to pursue development, and are commonly thought to be objective third parties in international relations. However, NGOs are far from objective parties, and have private agendas they seek to pursue. This paper explores the growing role of faith-based NGOs in developing nations through a literature review of relevant sources. The definition of a faith-based organization is examined in terms of the aid given and how it is distributed. Examples of the various roles of faith-based NGOs, whether in working closely with local peoples to deliver more efficient aid, or in situations where the distribution of aid was impacted based on religious views of those in need. Special consideration is given to the ways in which faith-based NGOs impact the HIV/AIDS crisis in Uganda and Kenya, as religious beliefs may come into play in determining which forms of prevention may be used. The need for new and better methods of development is discussed, through consideration of post-development theories in determining what is development and how to pursue it, and how these theories impact faith-based NGOs.




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