Authors: Kingsley Haynes*, George Mason University
Topics: Economic Geography, Development, Political Geography
Keywords: poverty, nongovenmental organizations, two-stage least squares, Nepal
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Bayside A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Poverty and Nongovernmental Organizations in Nepal: Some Distributional Observations Abstract: Since the early 1990s, the number of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) has been growing rapidly in Nepal but Nepal remains a very poor country. In examining the distribution of NGOS, this study finds that districts with higher poverty levels have fewer local NGOs. Although NGOs play an important role in poverty reduction, poverty itself limits their growth in various districts in Nepal. While local NGOs provide an important contribution to the margin of poverty reduction, they alone cannot engineer national poverty reduction. This paper suggests that the Government of Nepal expand its poverty reduction program, streamline foreign aid and infrastructure development, but continue to attract both national and international NGOs for help in reducing poverty.