Nicola Macnaughton

Nicola Macnaughton

Nicola Macnaughton graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Politics in 2006. She is currently volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) – an international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.

Through VSO, she has been placed with the National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) – an NGO based in Pune, India. NCAS provides support to grassroots organizations and people’s movements which are working to improve human rights and social justice in India. By providing training, research and campaign support, it seeks to help people to advocate on issues of public concern.


July 24, 2010

A look at the NGO's that rely on Street Papers to help the homeless.

June 19, 2010

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May 22, 2010

Last year, when the newly nominated Miss World Punjaban was asked in a press interview to describe the state of India’s youth, her reply was - “we are a confused lot.” There is no wonder really. The social and political messages projected through India’s mainstream media channels seem to lend to the image of ‘shining’ India – the one that politicians want the world to see.

May 6, 2010

A recent article in The Guardian,Egypt’s government to restrict NGO vote monitoring,probably came as no surprise to people familiar with Egyptian politics. Just as governments and people worldwide have come to accept democracy as the “correct” way to govern, so too have they come to view the independence of NGOs as central to ensuring democratic practice.

April 21, 2010

At a recent EU summit in Brussels, the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke with other officials about the implementation of the European volunteer service or, the “European Peace Corps.” Although sending volunteers overseas to help out in developing countries has been around for decades, as a volunteer myself working for an organisation funded by th

April 5, 2010

Major cutbacks in donor budgets are not the only matter calling the future of NGO operations into question. Something else looms large, and perhaps more significantly, on the agenda: the diminishing credibility of the sector in the eyes of the public, donors and governments.

March 23, 2010

On March 31, the United Nations and the United States will co-host a conference in New York in attempt to “lay the foundations for Haiti’s long term recovery.” It is vital that this platform is used to address the fact that the country has become too reliant on international NGOs to provide basic services to citizens.

March 4, 2010

Increasingly, NGOs are drawing on marketing techniques, such as paid advertising, branding, celebrity endorsement programmes, and audience profiling, to project their messages and to attempt to influence policy. Whilst this trend has been widely accepted in countries like the United States and the UK, many Indian NGOs engaged in advocacy work are, on the basis of political ideology, questioning its suitability in India.

February 17, 2010

There is little question that international NGO workers have been playing an important role for many Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank. According to a recent Care International report, approximately 80% of the 1.5 million refugees living in these areas are dependent upon humanitarian organisations for livelihood facilities, such as health care, education and access to clean drinking water.

November 2, 2009

Recent flooding in India has killed hundreds and displaced over a million people. Jolted by this logistical nightmare, a fresh look is being taken at the Indian government's national climate change program. Nicola Macnaughton reports that while the plan looks good on paper, not including local communities most affected by climate change in the process threatens to derail all progress when the next disaster strikes.