Dr. Timothy Fogarty first arrived in Nicaragua in the winter of 1988 with his wife and their two children. Fogarty and his wife worked as international partners with Habitat for Humanity, building houses in rural communities in Nicaragua. Fogarty received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 2005 and wrote his doctoral dissertation on NGO-mediated development and solidarity travel in Nicaragua. He has served as the director of the UF in Nicaragua Program for the past five years.
What was special about Nicaragua? What prompted you to return later?
You wrote your dissertation on what you call “solidarity travel”; how do you define “solidarity travel”?
You mention NGO-mediated development in your dissertation. Can you briefly explain what an NGO is?
What is the role of NGOs in Nicaragua?