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Extending Theories Of Ngos: Committed Hiv/ Aids Activists And Neoliberal Reforms In Ukraine

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In this paper, the author draws on a pilot case study of Western-funded HIV/AIDS non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Ukraine to examine a number of the claims that have been made about these organizations and highlight areas for additional research. The objective is to provoke further critical thinking about the politics of non-governmental organizations and civil society, particularly in the post-Soviet environment. The chapter argues that scholarship could benefit from more direct investigation of the assumptions underlying civil society development through NGOs that take into account broader socio-political conditions of nation-states such as neoliberal reforms. It suggests that looking at the individual level is an important step for investigating nuanced distinctions among workers, their motivations, daily experiences and activities. Lastly, the chapter proposes that scholars could attain greater analytical depth from theorizing that compares and contrasts NGOs' and states' various attributes and functions.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS activists; non-governmental organizations(NGOs); Ukrainian neoliberal reforms; Western players



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