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Helping Isn't as Easy as it Looks: Ethics, NGO, and International Development with Professor Pfeifer

Philosophy - Lecture/Discussion

Friday, April 11, 2014
12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Campus Center
Hagglund room

Abstract: When people in the developed world think about International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), they tend to think of organizations that are working to carry out the mission set forth by institutions like the United Nations Development Program and its set of Millennium Development Goals. That is, INGOs are organizations that help bring economic development, humanitarian assistance, and democracy to those segments of the world that face challenges in these and related areas. As such, this work also seems to many people like the kind that is unquestionably good. However, as those who have worked in such organizations, those who have been the recipients of such aid, and those who study INGOs and their activities can attest, the unquestionable goodness of such work isand has been for quite some time nowvery much in question. This talk aims to offer an overview of some of the important ethical and philosophical questions that surround development and aid work in an international context as well as one possible way of addressing these issues.

Suggested Audiences: College, Adult, Elders

E-mail: huaweb@wpi.edu

Last Modified: March 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM

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