[mgj-discuss] no more NGOs in a few more years? Unemployment comp for activists?
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Wed Mar 6 06:02:55 EST 2002
See Canadian Alison Van Rooy's article "Good news! You may be out
of a job: Reflections on the past and future 50 years for Northern
NGOs," _Development in Practice_, volume 10, numbers 3-4 ([combined
anniversary issue] 2000).
The publisher's abstract follows below:
"After 50 years of spectacularly successful work (particularly in raising
the equity stakes, improving the quality of ODA, fostering
Southern NGO work at the international level, and organising quick and
effective humanitarian assistance), Northern development NGOs have come
to a crossroads. Van Rooy argues that the history of the NGO occupational
category, coupled with a changing political and economic environment (the
end of the cold war, rising international investment, declining ODA, and
vastly heightened Southern NGO capacity), means that most Northern NGOs
should close up shop. Instead, a kaleidoscopic rebirth is envisaged, where
four key functions remain for Northerners (as humanitarian agents, economic
policy watchers, North-South brokers, and corporate responsibility
advocates). This change of job is heralded as good news: evidence that the
project of global social justice has moved dramatically forward."
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