NGOs: Friend, Foe or Foil?


This week we’re focused on NGOs. For this forum, please complete the three parts described below:

1. Each student should present a description (in your own words) of an individual nongovernmental organization’s (NGO’s) mission and capabilities.

2. Describe the NGO and its capabilities in your own words (paraphrase and cite). Don’t cut and paste something from the NGO website. Obviously, you’ll want to pick an NGO that is involved in issues related to the course. Be sure to use more than one source and incorporate references to course material. Please be sure to paraphrase and cite the information rather than quoting it.

3. Your summary should indicate why your NGO should be considered as a friend, foe, or foil. Some NGOs play important roles in conflict resolution. Some NGOS stir up conflict. They also play important roles during the economic, social and governmental aspects of peace settlements–the kind of problems that often cause negotiated settlements to fall apart and conflicts to reemerge.

Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 350 words. Please respond to more than 2 other students. Responses should be a minimum of 150 words and include direct questions, evidence from the literature, alternative points of view or additional insight. For more information, please review the forum discussion rubric attached below. This is the rubric that will be used for all of the forums in this class.