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This paper examines the relationship between the Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Chilapa region of Guerrero, Mexico. I argue that the Mexican state via SEDESOL has effectively harnessed NGOs to perform as regional pillars of neoliberal reform initiatives. The intimacy of this relationship raises serious questions for those who see NGOs performing as vehicles for furthering local or regional "autonomy." Instead, I argue that regional NGOs are key role players in the deepening incorporation of communities into the global industrial economy.

Este artículo examina las relaciones entre la Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL) y las organizaciones no-gubernamentales (ONGs) en la región de Chilapa, Guerrero, en México. A lo largo del texto, demuestro que el Estado Mexicano y SEDESOL utilizan ONGs para que éstas funcionen como pilares del programa neoliberal en la región. Esto contradice la función de las ONGs como instancias que permiten a las comunidades rurales obtener más autonomía. En los hechos, empero, y según lo sostengo, las ONGs de la región fundan bases importantes de la economía capitalista global.


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Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos



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