Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2015

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School




Program or Major


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

First Advisor

Svetlana Peshkova

Second Advisor

Sara Withers


Local governments’ regulations and donor organizations’ requirements create political and financial restrictions for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As a result NGOs in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco must become creative in the ways they develop and implement projects. In order to be efficient and successful, NGOs use different techniques including creative means to fund their programs, partnerships with outside organizations, and creative uses of their resources.

Many NGOs will find creative solutions to navigate these restrictions. Some of the solutions will be similar, while others will be completely unique. Yet despite the specific variations in the strategies from NGO to NGO, the fact that each one has its own is noteworthy in that these particular strategies allow NGOs to more effectively serve their communities. As the Middle East and North Africa continue to change, the restrictions placed on NGOs by the government and the types of organizations that develop will change; and ultimately, navigation strategies will also change. Therefore, it is important to study the navigational methods and strategies used by NGOs in this region due to the fluid political scene, as well as an overall lack of research on this topic.