Honors Projects


The objective of this paper was to look at the cultural, social, and environmental of faith-based INGOs on Guatemala society within the framework of participatory development, which is the aim to include aid recipients in development projects to ensure long-run sustainability and stability. I related the evolution of faith-based INGOs to the historical eras that Latin America has experienced since the age of colonization, namely the time of the domination of the Roman Catholic church, the establishment of Spanish missions in Latin America, liberalism secularism, and neoliberalism. In a case study of Guatemala, I looked at the influence of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism in the country and also the impact of INGOs there. My main discovery from doing this research was that the movements of colonization, liberalism, and neoliberalism in Latin America determined the roles of the state and religion there. I also looked at which practices of faith-based INGOs are sustainable and which are not.


International Studies

First Advisor

Federico Chalupa

First Advisor Department

International Studies

Second Advisor

Neal Jesse

Second Advisor Department

Political Science

Publication Date

Spring 2014