Department Honors Thesis
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.
Russo, Jessica, "Understanding NGOs and their Effectiveness through a Comparative Study of their Role in REDD+" (2019). Political Science Student Scholarship. 5.
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