Collaboration with the South: agents of aid or solidarity?

The British Overseas Development Administration (ODA) commissioned studies to look at the increasingly common practice of the British government directly funding Southern NGOs, rather than going through Northern NGOs. British development NGOs' (BINGOs') attitudes to this practice were assessed, and the author discusses the hypocrisy revealed. BINGOs believed that Southern NGOs were not capable of managing and evaluating projects, would become `donor-driven', would become more concerned with the availability of money than meeting needs, and would be susceptible to manipulation by donors and governments. The author argues that Northern NGOs need to re-examine the nature of their relationship with Southern counterparts. This article also appears in the Development in Practice Readers [13]Development and Patronage and [14]Development, NGOs, and Civil Society.