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Government, NGOs and the Paramilitary: A Colombian contradiction

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James J. Brittain analyzes the contradictions that affect non-governmental organizations (NGOs)' activity in Colombia. He protests that even as it discredits and opposes NGOs and human rights organizations, the Colombian state has supported and used paramilitary-funded NGOs to implement Plan Colombia and thereby impose a neo-liberal economic order. As a result of this contradictory policy, poor Colombians do not benefit from NGO interventions but, indeed, end up suffering from the retaliation of state forces and paramilitary groups.Development (2007) 50, 122–127. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100343

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-03-01

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