INGO Scholars

Connecting INGO Scholars from all disciplines




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Welcome to INGO Scholars!

This page is a place for scholars of international/transnational/global non-governmental organizations to connect - share events, new publications, research and teaching questions and advice. We encourage scholars from all disciplines to engage with each other to strengthen our individual work as well as the field in general. We want this to helpful for all members, so please contact Cristina Balboa with any suggestions to make it better!

Note: To avoid spam and other pests, membership is by invitation only.


Important Announcements and News

This section is post announcements and news related to our field and work.

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New Research and Publications

This section is for posting new publications in our field and for seeking/sending advice for works in progress. You can post another scholar's work, a practitioner's work or shamelessly self-promote your own. All are encouraged!

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Important INGO Developments

This section is for posting new developments, changes and initiatives by INGOs and INGO practitioners.

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Teaching About INGOs

This section is for asking and giving advice on teaching about INGOs. It can include helpful films, syllabi, case studies, activities, etc.

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Making Our Work Count

This section is for discussing ways to make our work more relevant to INGO practitioners.

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Funding and Job Opportunities

Please post any job or funding opportunities here.

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This network connects scholars - from any discipline - who study international NGOs.

Blog Posts

Importing Democracy

My forthcoming book, Importing Democracy: The Role of NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan and Argentina, is relevant to international NGOs, because they are frequently the donors for democratization NGOs. The premise of the book is that although democracy cannot be exported, democratic ideas can be imported and combined with the recovery of local democratic traditions.


The final chapter contains extensive recommendations for INGOs and other donors.

The book will…


Posted by Julie Fisher Melton on June 3, 2012 at 3:38pm — 4 Comments

NGO or for-profit? What is the future of mission-based work?

Hi colleagues…


Posted by John Casey on January 23, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Conservation BINGOs and Social Justice in Madagascar

First of all, thanks for setting up this network, the idea of bringing together people who study international NGOs has huge potential. My personal engagement in this subject is quite specific - I am interested in the role of the international conservation NGOs in Madagascar, and I hope from the INGO Scholars network to learn from others about how INGOs operate in different contexts around the world.
It is well documented that BINGOs have been highly influential in the explosion…

Posted by Barry ferguson on April 6, 2011 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Our First Digest: April 1, 2011

Welcome to the first Digest of the INGO Scholars Network!


We are excited that  our online community has grown to 49 members in just a few weeks!  Check out how other members are here.


Please remember, this community is only as strong as your participation in it!  While Paloma and I will do our best to post relevant topics and events, it’s up to you to post your…


Posted by Cristina Balboa on April 1, 2011 at 10:00am

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