Look Who's Talking!: Second Thoughts about NGOs as Representing Civil Society
2009 (English)In: Journal of Asian and African Studies, ISSN 0021-9096, E-ISSN 1745-2538, Vol. 44, no 4, 429-448 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are major players in development aid today. It is widely believed they represent civil society and that, for example, the UN and the World Bank would be strengtened if NGOs were given a larger influence over policy formulation and development. As one can hardly speak of an NGO community, the issue of representation is far from easily solved. NGOs often compete for visibility, clients and influence, and representation leaves a lot to be desired. Hence, governments' and intergovernmental institutions' reluctance to accept immediately NGOs as partners, may be necessary for NGOs to become representative and, paradoxically, for strengthening civil society as well.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE Publications , 2009. Vol. 44, no 4, 429-448 p.
campaigning, civil society, networking, NGO, representation, social forum
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20263DOI: 10.1177/0021909609105093OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20263DiVA: diva2:233537