Northern-based non-governmental development organisations (NGDOs)
have increasingly gained an important role in alleviating hunger
worldwide. However, the last fifty years has seen an increase in
the number of persons suffering from hunger across the globe. This
has lead to an expansion in literature questioning the
effectiveness of food-based approaches to end hunger, as well as
the role of NGDOs in this process. As a consequence, NGDOs have
sought new approaches to combat hunger in their programming
strategies. Historically, Canada has been a major provider of food
aid as a means to end hunger. Though today the majority of the
development initiatives by Canadian NGDOs centre on long-term
development strategies based on improving local food supplies.
However, there remains one NGDO, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank that
has maintained food aid as a primary strategy and continues to
expand its programming. The aim of this dissertation is to
contribute with knowledge in two broad fields: 1) the role of NGDOs
in food aid and 2) the strategic and institutional processes that
lead to changes in their organisational forms.
Corrie Lynn McDougall is currently an external lecturer in International Development Studies (IDS) at Aalborg University & Roskilde University. She obtained her BA in International Relations at the University of Calgary and her Masters and PhD in IDS at Aalborg University. Her research interests include food studies, NGOs & social movements.