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NGOs, States, and Donors Revisited: Still Too Close for Comfort?

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  • Banks, Nicola
  • Hulme, David
  • Edwards, Michael

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Serious questions remain about the ability of NGOs to meet long-term transformative goals in their work for development and social justice. We investigate how, given their weak roots in civil society and the rising tide of technocracy that has swept through the world of foreign aid, most NGOs remain poorly placed to influence the real drivers of social change. However we also argue that NGOs can take advantage of their traditional strengths to build bridges between grassroots organizations and local and national-level structures and processes, applying their knowledge of local contexts to strengthen their roles in empowerment and social transformation.

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  • Banks, Nicola & Hulme, David & Edwards, Michael, 2015. "NGOs, States, and Donors Revisited: Still Too Close for Comfort?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 66(C), pages 707-718.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:66:y:2015:i:c:p:707-718
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.09.028
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