College of Communication Master of Arts Theses

Date of Award

Spring 6-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Organizational and Multicultural Communication

First Advisor

Alexandra Murphy

Second Advisor

Michaela Winchatz


This study worked to expand the discourse of international nonprofit capacity building research. In the field of Communication, research investigating international nonprofit partnerships is limited, and some international communities lack a voice within the scholarship. Through the lens of postcolonial reflexivity, the author traveled to Kenya to conduct participant observations and one-on-one interviews with a US Capacity Building Nonprofit (USCBN) and two local Kenyan nonprofit organizations (the KCN and the KSN). The findings revealed that the USCBN established previous organizational alliances with the KCN and the KSN. The previous alliances led to strong relationships. The relationships engendered collaboration within the partnerships, which resulted in sustainability for all three organizations.

Included in

Communication Commons