Development NGOs

Alan Fowler

in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398571
Published online May 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Development NGOs

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This article examines nongovernmental development organizations (NGDOs) as a form of civil society. It traces the emergence of NGDOs from relative obscurity to a substantial presence in the international development community, a process that became more complex over time as NGDOs were conflated with a new discourse of civil society on the one hand and challenged by a human rights perspective on the other. It suggests that the evolution of NGDOs over the past twenty years can be explained in terms of a continuation of earlier systemic processes that stem partly from critical evaluations of NGDO achievements and partly from disruptive “punctuations” in the global order.

Keywords: NGDOs; civil society; international development community; human rights; systemic process

Article.  5689 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Economy

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