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This paper may be of particular interest to:  Practicing and Applied Anthropologists   
Type: Paper
Paper Title: THE EQUALITY MODEL: AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL MODEL FOR EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE
Author: MARGARET WILLSON (Bahia Street/U of Washington)   
Date/Time: Wed., 1:00 PM
Co-Author(s): MARGARET WILLSON (Bahia Street/U of Washington) 
Abstract: In this paper I will present The Equality Model for development practice. Instead of being directed toward the people who are the target of development practice, this model focuses on the infrastructure of the NGO itself which is trying to effect the change. The purpose of this model is to provide methods that allow practitioners in development to effect international and structural equality within an NGO infrastructure. The importance of looking at their own internal structures is an area NGOs seldom consider. Their programs may focus on poverty alleviation or equality in the outside world, but they lack the reflexivity needed to consider how their own internal structures replicate and reinforce a status quo of inequality. I argue that this lack of equality within the NGO infrastructure is a fundamental contributor to the continued lack of sustained and profound success in a majority of development programs. The Equality Model has grown from the joint perspectives and methods of academic anthropology and on-the-ground knowledge of designing and putting into practice a successful NGO. This model goes deeper than policy change to present a fundamental perspective shift in the way NGOs structure themselves and in the way they deliver “development aid.” This model is seated directly in anthropological theory, and also demonstrates how much such theory has to offer development practice at the highest level.

Program Number: 1-0090
Session Title: DISCOURSE, ENGAGEMENT, AND ETHNOGRAPHY: TOPICS IN LOCAL AND GLOBAL PRACTICE
Session Sponsor: National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
Session Date/Time: Wed., 12:00 PM-1:45 PM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
Chair(s): RICARDO CONTRERAS  
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