The role of 'hybrid' NGOs in the conservation and development of Palawan Island, the Philippines

Novellino, Dario and Dressler, Wolfram H. (2010) The role of 'hybrid' NGOs in the conservation and development of Palawan Island, the Philippines. Society & Natural Resources, 23 (2). pp. 165-180. ISSN 0894-1920. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The rapid rise of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Philippines has reflected a regional trend toward the “democratization” of conservation and development on behalf of the rural poor when the state falls short. This article examines how this trend has manifested itself among the indigenous peoples of Palawan Island and how, despite best intentions, project delivery by “hybrid” NGOs—changing organizational forms with multiple objectives and functions—has often yielded unsustainable and culturally damaging outcomes. We draw on ethnographic research among the Tagbanua and Batak peoples to examine recent claims of broad NGO success in achieving community empowerment and forest conservation on Palawan. We support our argument by examining case studies in which NGOs and state failures to properly engage traditional livelihoods have reinforced outsider control over indigenous needs and aspirations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: conservation, development, indigenous peoples, NGOs, Palawan Island,
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Shelley Malekia
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 12:53
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 13:55
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