NGOs have emerged as important actors in global politics. They are often viewed as basic building blocks for democracy and economic growth. This course examines the role of NGOs at international, national and local levels. It provides groundwork approaches to understanding nonprofits, NGOs, and philanthropy. The emphasis is on how philanthropy, nonprofit, and NGO sectors operate, their niche alongside private and public sectors, revenue sources, impact on society, and converse effects of society and its institutions; and more importantly the policy-making process. We will explore various types of NGO topics including faith-based NGOs; issues of NGO accountability and transparency; advocacy; government regulations; NGO effectiveness; civil society and terrorism.
We will supplement our theoretical insights by applying them on case-studies in both the global North (US and Europe) and the global South (Asia, Africa, Latin America).
About the Instructor: Rafeel Wasif is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science and holds a Masters in Area Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies. His research focuses on a comparative analysis of Islamic NGOs in the US and South Asia.