Ngos And The Millennium Development Goals

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This book examines the role of NGOs in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the fight to end global poverty more generally. The MDGs arguably represent the greatest opportunity and challenge for alleviating poverty and improving quality of life globally in our time. Their achievement will require maximizing all available resources and capitalizing on all available actors. NGOs have been highlighted by governments and global leaders as an important actor, but without better understanding of their ...

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Overview

This book examines the role of NGOs in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the fight to end global poverty more generally. The MDGs arguably represent the greatest opportunity and challenge for alleviating poverty and improving quality of life globally in our time. Their achievement will require maximizing all available resources and capitalizing on all available actors. NGOs have been highlighted by governments and global leaders as an important actor, but without better understanding of their potential, roles, and challenges to their effectiveness, we are not likely to fully tap their contribution and thus will be further challenged in achieving the MDGs. This book presents and examines general NGO roles and comparative advantages, as well as roles and opportunities specific to particular MDG sectors.

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"This book uses a focus on the Millennium Development Goals to articulate and apply an ecological perspective on the roles of NGOs in fostering social development. The authors and their contributors make a persuasive case for NGOs as complements to government and business in creating and implementing the global partnerships for intransigent development problems. The book will a valuable resource in identifying the comparative advantages of NGOs and crafting the alliances to use those advantages effectively to achieve the MDGs and solve many other challenging problems."
—L. David Brown, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University

"This book, packed with great material, is essential reading for those keen on building political will for reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals."
—Coralie Bryant, co-author of Going Global: Transforming Relief and Development NGOs

"Although governments and private firms can and must do more to address poverty throughout the world, this volume is the first to cogently demonstrate the vital and unique roles that NGOs play in ensuring that the promise of the MDGs is met through a wide range of citizen actions and engagement. The book's scholarly contributions, tempered through direct input from leading practitioners in the field, provide invaluable insight into how and why NGOs matter for poverty alleviation. National leaders, policy scholars and society at large will benefit immensely from the knowledge captured here as we work together in the fight against global poverty."
—Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic

"A well-thought out and ambitious attempt to place the roles of NGOs within the multi-faceted and often muddled challenge of achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The authors' knowledge about the NGOs in our contemporary, globalized society makes clear what roles they are playing now and can do more of in our collective call against poverty."
— Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403979742
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Brinkerhoff is Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at George Washington University (GWU). She holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California, and is the author of Partnership for International Development: Rhetoric or Results? and co-author of Working for Change: Making a Career in International Public Service. She is the winner of the Independent Sector's 2002 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize for her work on government-nonprofit relations in comparative perspective and has worked in Africa, China, Mongolia, Central Asia, and Russia.

Stephen C. Smith
is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at GWU. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University and has been a Fulbright Research Scholar and a Jean Monnet Research Fellow. Smith is the author of Ending Global Poverty: A Guide to What Works (2005) and co-author with Michael Todaro of Economic Development (2006). Smith served as first director of GWU's International Development Studies Program. He has done on-site research and program work in developing countries on four continents including Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, India, Peru, Uganda, and Former Yugoslavia.

Hildy Teegen
is Professor of International Business and International Affairs at GWU where she directs the Center for International Business Education and Research. She received her Ph.D. in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin. Her articles include "The Importance of NGOs in Global Governance and Value Creation," in the Jourbanal of International Business Studies (2005), and "Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Ways for MNCs to Effectively Interface with NGOs," in Multinational Corporations and Global Poverty Reduction (2005). She is also co-editor of Globalization and NGOs: Transforming Business, Governments and Society (2003) and co-author of two books on economic sanctions, U.S. Economic Sanctions: Philosophy and Efficacy (2001) and Case Studies of U.S. Economic Sanctions: The Chinese, Cuban and Iranian Experience (2003).

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, Stephen C. Smith & Hildy Teegen
PART I: THE MDGs AND NGO POTENTIAL ROLES * Can the MDGs Foster a New Partnership for Pro-Poor Policies?—Jan Vandemoortele
• Some Practical Limits of the NGO Role: A Critical Perspective—Michael Edwards
• Beyond the "Non:" The Strategic Space for NGOs in Development—Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, Stephen C. Smith & Hildy Teegen
PART II: THE CONTEXT FOR ACHIEVING THE MDGs
• The Enabling Environment for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Government Actions to Support NGOs—Derick W. Brinkerhoff
• The Politics of Global Partnership—Martha Finnemore
• The Need for Political Will: A Short Note on the Millennium Campaign—Carol Welch
PART III: APPLICATION OF THE THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK * Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger: Strategy for Escape from Poverty Traps—Stephen C. Smith
• The Role of NGOs in Health, Education, Environment, and Gender: Application of the Theoretical Framework—Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, Stephen C. Smith & Hildy Teegen
• Conclusions and Policy Implications—Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, Stephen C. Smith & Hildy Teegen
• Afterword: The Power of Social Entrepreneurship—William Drayton

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