Paper 2

Paper 2: Mixing the worlds of NGOs and business

The line between the NGO and business worlds has become blurry. As we have discussed in class, NGOs start their own businesses, corporations often have charitable programs, NGOs and corporations team up to alleviate poverty, and social entrepreneurs adopt business approaches to tackle development problems.

For this assignment, choose one of these broad themes, and through a case study of one or several organizations, write an essay to explore a specific question of interest to you to expand on the class material.

Sections: Please break your essay down into at least 3 or 4 sections (each with an informative title, starting with an introduction and a conclusion). This will make your paper much easier to follow than a single block of text.

Length: about 2000 words, excluding bibliography.

Citations: As in any research paper, you must cite your sources properly and provide a formatted bibliography at the end. In IPE courses, students use the Chicago Style, Author-Date system, but you are free to follow the standard format (Chicago, APA, etc.) that you are used to in your major. Just be consistent.

Grading criteria

Presentation of argument: Your thesis should be clear and the essay should be organized to defend it.

Presentation of evidence: The concrete examples you choose must be informative and illustrate your point.

Writing: Your writing should be clear and well organized.

Quality and breadth of sources: A general rule to follow may be a minimum of 8 academic sources PLUS as many relevant popular (blog/magazines/news) pieces you can find. Pay close attention to the quality and relevance of your sources. You need to have enough substantial academic (i.e. books and full length academic articles) as well as short or long pieces you will find on good popular magazines, blogs. There is a huge supply of popular writing on NGOs and philanthropy all over the internet, make sure you assess your sources appropriately. As far as academic materials go, there is a LOT of academic research (both in journal and book form) on NGOs, nonprofits and philanthropy.