“Our research work is socially relevant:” An Interview on NGOs in Bolivia with CEDIB’s Marco A. Gandarillas
Written by Carmelo Ruiz
Monday, 21 September 2015
Back when neoliberalism reigned supreme in Latin America, the dominant discourse classified non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) that worked for environmental sustainability, human rights and community development as leftist fronts and even as vehicles for Chavismo. Since the late 1990’s, some of the neoliberal Latin American governments have been replaced by a new political leadership that describes itself as progressive, Bolivarian and even socialist. These new left-leaning governments accuse those same NGO’s of being imperialist and colonialist. This in spite of the fact that the work and discourse of these organizations has not changed.