Examining Efficacy: The Effectiveness of Nongovernmental Organizations in Southern Thailand's Post-Tsunami Reconstruction
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With the increased globalization of the twentieth century came the proliferation of the Non·Governmental Organization (NGO). NGOs are " ...private voluntary organizations whose members are individuals or associations that come together to achieve a common purpose (Karns and Mingst 2006, 10)." As the definition shows, these groups cover an incredible range. This paper will focus on Aid NGOs, which endeavor to assist a specified population, in their own country or another. Throughout the rest of this paper, when the term "NGO" is used, it is in reference to Aid NGOs, either foreign or domestic. These organizations have had many benefits. For example, NGOs have stepped into situations where a government has been unable or unwilling to provide adequately for its people, such as in the case of Somalia. They have also provided relief for countries in the wake of disasters, such as in the aftermath of the 2005 Pakistani and Kashmir earthquake. While much good work has been done by NGOs, there have been many negative critiques made against them, especially charges claiming that they are ineffectual. This paper will attempt to address the issue of NGO effectiveness by examining the efficacy of NGOs in southern Thailand's post-tsunami reconstruction.