Poster Paper: International Non-Governmental Organizations In New York City: A Baseline Description

Saturday, November 10, 2012 : 12:00 PM
Liberty A & B (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Cristina Balboa, Baruch College-CUNY and Laurel Welton, Baruch College - CUNY

Public management in an age of scarcity has resulted in the governance of many policy areas being outsourced to non-profits or non-governmental organizations. Scholarship in this field has confirmed this, indicating that many International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) have moved beyond advising policymakers to become policymakers and implementers themselves.  This phenomenon almost always occurs as northern INGOs working in Southern contexts.  While there are some fascinating case studies examining the receiving contexts of INGOs– the countries and communities in which they work – little is known about the contexts in which these organizations are created and sustained.  GuideStar data seems to present a unique opportunity to learn more about international NGOs located in the United States but operating overseas.  With this data we can examine the distribution of INGOs in the U.S.  Do certain kinds of INGOs populate certain U.S. cities?  Are there more Arts and Humanities INGOs in New York City and more development INGOS in Washington D.C.?  What percentage of East Coast v. West Coast dollars flow to Southeast Asia?  Europe?  Africa? Do some cities harbor more small, kitchen-table type INGOs than larger ones?  This research project is the first attempt to answer these questions and provide a descriptive baseline for INGOs in New York City.  This paper will first explore the reasons why this research is important to practitioners and researchers.  Next it will describe what kinds of data are available for this kind of research and discuss two studies that use the same data for different descriptive purposes.  This paper then gives preliminary results of our study of INGOs in New York City.  Lastly, this paper will discuss policy implications for this study, as well as recommendations for data collection for future similar projects.