Debating Development: NGOs and the Future
NGOs working in the humanitarian and development sectors won official approval in the 1980s and 1990s, but there are signs now that they are losing favour. The NGO sector stands acused by some of complacency and self-interest, on the one hand, and of being ineffectual and irrelevant on the other. NGOs are increasingly challenged to demonstrate their legitimacy as respresentative voices of civil society. NGOs themselves are taking a hard look at their mandates, their core values, and their role on a changing international stage. Contributors to this volume reflect on what kind of development will eradicate poverty, and what types of agency are best suited to the task. Leading representatives of NGOs development think-tanks, and civil society organisations (CSOs), as well as scholars and activists, ask: What model of international cooperation can deliver social and economic justice? And what does this mean for NGOs in the future?
This book is based on the tenth-anniversary double issue of Development in Practice, co-edited by Deborah Eade, Editor of the journal, and Ernst Ligteringen, Executive Director of Oxfam International.
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Introductory essay: NGOs and the future: taking stock, shaping debates, changing practice
Deborah Eade and Ernst Ligteringen
Good news! You may be out of a job: reflections on the past and future 50 years for Northern NGOs
Alison Van Rooy
Riding high or nosediving: development NGOs in the new millennium
International NGOs and the challenge of modernity
Brian K. Murphy
Globalisation, civil society, and the multilateral system
José Antonio Alonso
The World Bank, neo-liberalism, and power: discourse analysis and implications for campaigners
Dissonance or dialogue: changing relations with the corporate sector
NGOs as development partners to the corporates: child football-stitchers in Pakistan
NGOs: fragmented dreams
Indicators of identity: NGOs and the strategic imperative of assessing core values
Development agencies: global or solo players?
Coming to grips with organisational values
We NGOs: a controversial way of being and acting
Northern NGO advocacy: perceptions, reality, and the challenge
Campaigning: a fashion or the best way to change the global agenda?
The international anti-debt campaign: a Southern activist view for activists in ‘the North’ … and ‘the South’
Heroism and ambiguity: NGO advocacy in international policy
Dissolving the difference between humanitarianism and development: the mixing of a rights-based solution
Aid: a mixed blessing
Mary B. Anderson
The Sudan experience of the Local Capacities for Peace Project
NGOs, disasters, and advocacy: caught between the Prophet and the Shepherd Boy
Capacity building: shifting the paradigms of practice
Gendering the millennium: globalising women
Gender in development: a long haul – but we're getting there!
Impact assessment: seeing the wood and the trees
Does Matson matter? Assessing the impact of a UK neighbourhood project
© Oxfam GB 2001. First published by Oxfam GB in association with Oxfam International.
ISBN 0 85598 444 9
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Available from Stylus Publishing
Also available in Spanish from Intermón Oxfam under the title El debate sobre el desarrollo y el futuro de las ONG, 2004, ISBN 84 8452 239 3.
‘…..contributes to a deeper and critical understanding of the issue of partnership and advocacy ... provides insights on advocacy strategies, campaigns, and process of discourse formation and emphasises the need for NGOs to demonstrate the effectiveness of their advocacy work [from] diverse perspectives and viewpoints ... The diversity of contributors adds to the richness of the debate ... covers a vast canvas ... assists in tracing the dilemmas facing NGOs ....’