Document Type

Department Honors Thesis

Publication Date


First Advisor

Maria Rodrigues


Political Science


This thesis explores the following question: what roles do NGOs play and how effective may they be in efforts at global governance? Through a comparative case study analysis of NGOs advocating for Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and NGOs implementing REDD+ projects, specifically the Surui Forest Carbon Project located in the state of Rondônia, Brazil, I examine whether NGOs are more effective taking on the role as advocates or policy implementers. For this work, I will argue that independent of the multiplicity of roles that NGOs play, their effectiveness is a function of the level of their legitimacy with their beneficiaries, their capacity to overcome bureaucratic constraints, and their ability to establish powerful partnerships.


Departmental Honors thesis for Political Science.

Presented at the 2019 Academic Conference.