Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Public Policy Leadership

First Advisor

Weixing Chen

Relational Format



This paper will work to investigate the effectiveness of educational programs of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries. The purpose of this study is to examine the role of policy in the relationship between a host country and a non-governmental organization. Utilizing a comparative case study approach, this paper examines three different NGOs, operating out of three developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, all with the mission of aiding the realm of global education. Each case study examines the state, the NGO, the historical context of NGOs and the government chosen, the relationship of the NGO selected and the government, and finally, a presentation of findings from each case study. The results are computed and compared to create large-scale findings presented through the categorization of government, civil society, and education. Primarily, the findings that weaken the role of NGOs in education are government restraints, disregard for human rights or civil society, unqualified teachers and counterproductive education models that aren’t adherent to a nation’s curriculum or are unsustainable. These issues, in summation, could benefit from policies to address human rights, sustainability and accreditation as NGOs continue to expand on an international scale. NGOs genuinely are capable to catalyze change in the realm of education; however, it is with the regulation of clear policy that will allow this change to be positive. By regulating and monitoring the role of NGOs in government, civil society, and education, the presence of NGOs in global education can allow for collaboration on an international scale, challenging the entirety of the international community to take responsibility for providing the right to accessible, quality education for all.



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