Latin America Policies of European NGOs: Recent Trends and Perspectives
Summary: Many Latin American partner organisations that received support from European donor NGOs in recent years for contributing to structural poverty alleviation had expected that these agencies will gradually withdraw from the Latin American region. It is feared that funding will decrease and these funds are going to be channelled to Africa and other (poorer) regions of the world. This expected withdrawal was and is, however, generally based on irrational fears rather than on hard evidence. Therefore, a number of European and Latin American NGOs, gathering at the Foro Social de las Americas in Quito in July 2004, decided to make an inventory of changing policies and priorities of European NGOs towards Latin America. The idea was that only with solid data it would be possible to really confront these expected policy changes. The inventory that followed, a so-called ‘mapping exercise’ (mapeo), involved 18 European NGOs and two European networks of NGOs and was implemented by a team of five researchers that gathered data and interviewed representatives of these European NGOs. The first part of this mapping exercise focused on changes in policies, funding, and priorities in the last ten years of European NGOs in Latin America, while the second part also looked at lessons learned and at future policy intentions. The key question here was: “how do European (non-governmental) donor agencies envisage their future policies and relationships with their Latin American partner organisations?” ....
|Note||‘Mapeo project’ on Euro-Latinamerican collaboration, supported by ALOP, ICCO, NOVIB, SNV, HIVOS, CORDAID|