The bulk of the paper aims to address this theme of aid chain functioning by asking the simple question of what drives the geographies of NGO intervention and how these geographies relate to the geographies of poverty in the Andes. It argues that an adequate explanation of these geographies requires attention to the politics of aid, the political economy of development in the Andes, the geographies of religious, political and other social institutions, and finally, but critically, the life histories of people working within the non-governmental sector. The geography of poverty and livelihoods also influences these interventions, but ultimately as a secondary set of factors.
NGO geographies, livelihood geographies and the "nonviable"poor in the Andes [Draft paper] presented at Staying Poor: Chronic Poverty and Development Policy, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 7-9 April 2003. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, 18 pp.