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The survival and autonomy of Mexican nongovernmental organizations focusing on indigenous peoples. Patricia Elias Calles Romo

The survival and autonomy of Mexican nongovernmental organizations focusing on indigenous peoples.

Patricia Elias Calles Romo

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In this dissertation, I explore how nongovernmental organizations focusing exclusively or mostly on indigenous peoples (NGOIs) in Mexico manage to retain important degrees of autonomy from their donors. More specifically, I examine how Mexican NGOIsMoreIn this dissertation, I explore how nongovernmental organizations focusing exclusively or mostly on indigenous peoples (NGOIs) in Mexico manage to retain important degrees of autonomy from their donors. More specifically, I examine how Mexican NGOIs are created and how they acquire the resources they need to survive. This approach reveals the mechanisms through which the dependence of NGOIs is created and maintained and therefore, the extent to which NGOIs depend on their donors, and the degree to which they can become autonomous. Furthermore, I analyze if the factors that contribute to the dependence and autonomy of NGOIs vary among the North, Center and South of Mexico.-NGOIs tend to be small and to face substantial infrastructure and capacity problems that limit their ability to acquire resources. These organizations pronounced dependence on their donors offers a useful illustration of the effects that this has on their ability to resist donor influence on their activities. In this study, I provide an analysis of the specific factors and strategies that enhance the autonomy of small NGOs operating in resource-dependent environments which limit their ability to resist donor control.-Autonomy is an important and overriding concern for NGOs, but particularly so for Mexican NGOIs given the long history of patronage that has characterized the Mexican system in general, and the relationship between indigenous peoples and Mexican power structures specifically.