A new age of social movements: a fifth generation of non-governmental development organisations in the making?

This paper elaborates on two themes. Firstly, it presents the historical evolution of Northern Non-governmental Development Organisations (NNGDOs), proposing an enlarged and transformed proposal based on Korten's Generations. Secondly, it puts forward several recommendations in order to develop a hypothetical Fifth Generation of NGO - Northern and Southern alike - whose activities may contribute to a very broad, diverse, and unpredictable social movement for structural change on both the political and social levels. This article is freely available as a chapter in Development and Social Action.