Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #902

NGOs and the Effectiveness of Interventions

by Faraz Usmani, Marc Jeuland and Subhrendu K. Pattanayak

RWI, 03/2021, 61 S./p., 10 Euro, ISBN 978-3-96973-043-0 DOI: 10.4419/96973043

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Abstract

Interventions led by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are often more effective than comparable efforts by other actors, yet relatively little is known about how implementer identity drives final outcomes. Combining a stratified field experiment in India with a triple-differences estimation strategy, we show that a local development NGO’s prior engagement with target communities increases the effectiveness of a technology-promotion intervention implemented by it by at least 30 percent. This “NGO effect” has implications for the generalizability and scalability of evidence from experimental research conducted with local implementation
partners.

JEL-Classification: L31, C93, O12, O17

Keywords: NGOs; field experiments; external validity

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