The roles of non-governmental organizations in promoting poverty alleviation in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
An, I Younan, 1997--
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The objective of this research is to examine the three different roles that NGOs have undertaken to effectively alleviate poverty in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. First, NGOs undertook the roles of developer, where they involved heavily in organizing and implemented local educational, agricultural, livelihood, nutritional and health programs. Second, NGOs acted as a provision of social services to the local communities by providing funds and support to establish community stores or community clinics or to households and providing health and counselling services. Third, NGOs encouraged and facilitated participatory development in in the local communities to allow the local citizens’ voices and ideas to be heard and being effectively implemented. This research discusses six different NGO projects from the three countries. The results of the six projects showed that NGOs were able to alleviate poverty through development of local programs such as education awareness, sanitation, nutrition, rural development, and agricultural program.