Research: The Power Shift and the NGO Credibility Crisis

Wednesday, 15 March, 2006 - 12:15

Civil Society Observer, February 2006.

Civil Society Observer, February 2006.

Since the end of the Cold War, NGOs have moved from backstage to center stage in world politics, and while most have been a positive force in domestic and international affairs, few have felt the need to take a critical look at the effectiveness and accountability of these organisations.

The increasing power of NGOs has prompted scholars, governments, and the media to raise questions about the roles and responsibilities of these new global, non-state actors. This article suggests ways in which NGOs can become more transparent and accountable as a means of protecting their credibility and independence.

Visit the International Journal of Non-For-Profit Law – January 2006 for a full article by James McGann and Mary Johnstone.

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