University of Oregon

Nongovernmental Organizations of South East Asia

Program Overview

The guiding questions of this class are: What is the role of nongovernment organizations in providing services and shaping policy abroad? How do these organizations emerge and evolve over time? What is the relationship between “western” funders and NGOs active in developing nations?  How does charity and volunteerism differ in South East Asia? What are differences in the NGO sectors in Thailand and Cambodia?  The basic goal is to help students have a general understanding of the ongoing issues and challenges of these organizations working abroad.

We will be exploring these questions as we visit NGOs and meet with leaders in four cities in Cambodia (Siem Reap and Phnom Penh) and Thailand (Chiang Mai and Bangkok).  Students will also conduct in-depth analyses of the groups we will be meeting with during our trip, leading to a better understanding of the challenges facing NGOs in the developing world, and the role of local, national and international actors in supporting economic development, health care, education, human rights work and conservation efforts.

By completing this course, students will be able to:

•    Understand and evaluate the primary theories of NGOs abroad.
•    Understand the role of NGOs in the economy, in advocacy and in policy in a developing nation.
•    Evaluate the ways that NGOs carry about their work, from fundraising to their day-to-day operations.
•    Understand the trends, challenges and opportunities facing international NGOs.

Note: This program will not run in summer 2017. It will be offered again in summer 2018.

Academic Details

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

 

Faculty and Staff

Dyana Mason is an Assistant Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon, where she teaches primarily in the Master of Nonprofit Management and Master of Public Administration programs.  Her research interests include nonprofit management and governance, the organization and formation of interest/advocacy organizations, the political economy of the nonprofit sector, charitable giving and experimental research on collective action and fundraising activities.  She has travelled extensively around the world, and Asia.  During the 2014-2015 academic year, she was also selected as Teacher of the Year by the students of Planning, Public Policy and Management.

 

Housing Description

Participant accommodations will consist of double-quad hostels and inns in Cambodia and Thailand.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineApplication/Deposit DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20182/15/183/15/18TBDTBD

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.