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 and Natural Resources, 23 2: 165-180. doi:10.1080/08941920902756141

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Author Novellino, Dario
Dressler, Wolfram H.
Title The role of "hybrid" NGOs in the conservation and development of Palawan Island, The Philippines
Journal name Society and Natural Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-0723
Publication date 2010-02
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08941920902756141
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 165
End page 180
Total pages 16
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Conservation
Indigenous peoples
Palawan Island
The Philippines
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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