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The Transformation of International NGOs and Their Impact on Development Aid

Davies, T. R. (2012). The Transformation of International NGOs and Their Impact on Development Aid. International Development Policy, 3(3), pp. 48-59. doi: 10.4000/poldev.994


International non-governmental organisations (INGOs) are among the key actors in the transformation of development as a global public policy issue in the post-Cold War era. This chapter explores how in the past two decades INGOs concerned with development have transformed their structures and practices as well as development discourse. The author shows how development INGOs have globalised, in terms of both the formation of international confederations and the collaboration of multiple INGOs in global coalitions.

A key development has been the erosion of the apparent North–South divide among development INGOs, with INGOs that originated in donor countries reforming their structures to give a greater voice to their affiliates in recipient countries, and organisations that originated in developing countries forming affiliates in developed countries. The reorientation of INGO advocacy from states toward intergovernmental and corporate actors is also explored, as is the creation of new forms of partnerships with both governmental and private actors. The chapter addresses how development INGOs have attempted to respond to critiques of their accountability and legitimacy through reforms such as the International NGO Charter on Accountability, while the conclusion explores the limitations of the transformations of development INGOs, and the challenges that these new configurations pose.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: democracy, history, civil society, governance, international cooperation, funding mechanisms, global public policies, transparency and accountability, private aid, public private partnership (PPP), advocacy, South-South cooperation
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
The City Law School > International Law and Affairs Group
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