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Card-index course

Non-Governmental Organizations : involvement and expertise on the international level

Les organisations non gouvernementales

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Mounia Bennani-Chra´bi, Samina Mesgarzadeh
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2016 -> 2016

No timetable defined.


2 hours per week
56 hours per year

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


This course will allow the students to develop their knowledge and specific skills related to the fields of action of the NGOs, and more precisely, to be capable of:
- Comparing the modalities of case framing and forms of intervention of NGOs;
- Comparing their modalities of resource raising and allocation;
- Identifying the reconfigurations of "legitimate issues" of international organisms and other funding organizations;
- Mapping the network of relations in which the NGOs are inserted;
- Conceiving the modalities of data collection in a field of action of the NGOs;
- Analyzing the data collected on a field of action of the NGOs;
- Writing a report on one of the fields of action of NGOs.


At the intersection between local and international, non-governmental organizations intervene in many fields: development, cooperation, humanitarian aid, advocacy, transitional justice, conflict resolution, illegal immigration, etc. The main objective of this course is to allow students to better understand the operation of this field of action. On one hand, it is about making the following elements more comprehensible: the modalities of case framing and forms of intervention, linkages between activist's engagement, volunteering and professionalization and the way in which resources are raised and allocated. On the other hand, the structuring of this world among international organisms and other funding organizations that redistribute resources, spread values, norms, knowledge; the relations of cooperation and domination between local and international NGOs; the implicated States that collaborate, coopt, contain and repress; the other spaces of mobilization and action, such as spheres of political parties or unions and syndicates, the spaces of "community organizing", etc. A focus will be done on the interventions of NGOs in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa after the "Arab Spring": how did these NGOs reconfigure the hierarchy of their priorities and their forms of action? How did some of them try to reframe the activists' actions in the region?


The course requires regular presence and continuous work from the student's side. It targets a reflection based on interaction and, therefore, demands constant participation.
The validation of course credit hours will be conducted on the basis of continuous evaluation, with two grades.

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