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Look Who's Talking! Second thoughts about NGOs as representing Civil Society

Publiceringsår: 2009
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 429-448
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Asian and African Studies
Volym: 44
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: SAGE Publications Inc.


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.


  • Human Geography
  • NGO
  • networking
  • campaigning
  • civil society
  • representation
  • social forum
  • representaion
  • non-governmental organizations
  • local organization
  • advocacy


  • ISSN: 0021-9096

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