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RST: NGO work around the world; Name change for PA Welfare Department?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 16, 2013 2:35 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Thursday, October 17, 2013:

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The United Nations first developed partnerships with what they called "non-governmental organizations" or NGOs when the U.N. was formed in 1945.  NGOs were defined by the U.N. as not-for-profit groups, principally independent from government, which are organized on a local, national, or international level to address issues in support of the public good.

NGO activities include environmental, social, advocacy, and human rights work.  They can work to promote social or political change on a broad scale or locally.

Elizabethtown College's Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking holds an NGO conference on November 2 where students can learn about the organizations and opportunities associated with them.

To explain the important work being done by NGOs on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk are Dr. David Kenley, the Center's Director and Jan Pursell Lane, who was formerly in leadership positions at several NGOs, and an alumna of Elizabethtown College.


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Also, should the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare change it's name to more accurately reflect what it does?  A coalition of some 70 groups think so, saying the name places a stigma on the people who use the department's services and point out Pennsylvania is the last state in the country that has the word "welfare" in a department name.

Brain Schreiber, co-chair of the Campaign for What Works joins us to make the case.

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