NGOs And Civil Society: Democracy By Proxy / Edition 1

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This accessible book provides a concise introduction to the way in which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) work.

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'Hudock makes a highly original contribution to an NGO literaturewhich has on the whole tended to be stronger on empirical detailthan conceptual clarity. The book challenges the glibness of muchof the current policy debate around the "capacity building" ofdeveloping country NGOs by those in the industrialized world byfocusing on the wider relationships of power and accountability inwhich they are enmeshed. Precisely written and clearly argued, thebook manages to inject a much needed dose of realism into the newcivil society and development discourse.' David Lewis, Centrefor Voluntary Organisation, Department of Social Policy, LondonSchool of Economics

'NGOs and Civil Society focuses on the roles of Southernnon-governmental development organizations (NGOs) in strengtheningcivil societies, especially organizations and institutions thatsupport the very poor. Hudock has made some important points,articulated some provocative ideas, and described some valuableexamples ... it will generate useful debate.' David Brown,Institute for Development Research, Boston

'The book raises questions about relationships among NGOs, andprovides a conceptual framework for understanding interdependenceamong NGOs. It also suggests how changing these relationships canincrease the capacity of NGOs in developing countries.'Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

'Much has been written about civil society, democracy and therole of NGOs in resolving ethnic conflicts, but few books haveexplored the links between them. This short volume is a firstattempt to redress the balance.' The Ethnic Conflict ResearchDigest

'The book helps bridge a gap in NGO literature whilst providinga good balance between theory and case study. The book should beuseful to all interested in the role of NGOs within development. Itis compact and concise and written to target a varied audience. Inshort, the book is a useful general introducion.' Progress inDevelopment Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745616490
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/15/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Hudock works in the Department of State (US Government) in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

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Table of Contents


1. Non-Governmental Organizations: Pawns or Practitioners.

2. The Ties that Bind: Northern NGOs' Relationships withSouthern NGOs.

3. Analysing Institutional Interdependence: A ConceptualFramework.

4. Paying the Piper and Calling the Tune: Northern NGOs'Capacity Building Support for Southern NGOs.

5. Cascading Conditionalities and the Role of InternationalOrganizations in Capacity Building.

6. Sierra Leone and The Gambia: Case Studies of NGOInterdependence.

7. Sustainable Idealism: Innovative Financing Strategies andNGOs' Contribution to Civil Society Development.

8. Conclusions: 'Just Say No': Strengthening Southern NGOs'Capacity to Contribute to Civil Society.



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