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The Blacklash against NGOs & Has Globalization Gone Too Far? By Ramin Mahgerefteh

October 25th, 2010 · 2 Comments
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Michael Bond purpose that, “as the finance and production became more global and increasily important decions are taken at an international level, where there is no political machinery to deal with citizens, NGOs (non-govenmental oranisations) are filling the “”democratic deficit”””.  When the internet was founded, it had a huge impacted of the effectivness of the NGO’s.  It help with communication, world link ups,  time/money and deals with other countries.  NGO’s are growing through the country and rising.  They control plenty of budgets that are extremly high in volume.  These member are all spread out across the country.  These program covers three main areas; human rights, development, and the enviroment.  It can also be more effective with the media and the public.  One of the single issue problems is that they cliam to speak for the public, but their main responsibility is always to themselves.  NGO’s has a great responsibility, there work derects to the worlds poorest people.

“NGO’s are trying to take the place of the government.  They are trying to show that the old colonisers are really interested in the people after all;  that they can bring water today wheras the government can only give you a well tommrow”.  I disagree with this statement that Michael Bond said.  NGO might look like there taking over the goverment but some organizations or great to use for the world such as the red cross.  The government can send help when a devestation occurs in a part of the world, but the red cross is there to help and raise money and to have hope for the people.

“The process that has come to called globalization is exposing s deep fault line between groups who have the skills and mobility to flourish in global moarkets and those who either don’t have these advantages or perceive the expansion of inregulated markets as inimical to social stability and deeply help norms” said Dani Rodik.  He focuses on three sources of tension; reduce barriers to trade and investment between the cross international borders,  conflicts withen and between nations over norms and social institutions, diffficult for goverment to provide social insurance, and the role of national goverment.

Rodik has suggested that globalization has gone to far,  which maybe be true, but I disagree.  I don’t believe that globalization can ever go to far.  Goverment should play a large role in a comapny to country everything established in the country.  They mainttain the flow of economy.

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  • 1    amy72089 // Oct 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    I agree with you when you say that it might look like NGO’s are trying to take over the government, however they do play an important role in society, and in other societies around the world. With organizations like you mentioned such as the red cross, we are benefiting immense amounts from the NGO’s. Their power, along with the help of governments, can get our society on the right track to being more stabelized. Especially in africa, there are a ton of NGO’s that are helping to fight against hunger/aids

  • 2    Prof. Hala // Nov 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Sorry, Ray, for missing this. I remember seeing it earlier and intended to get back to it after the posts on current topics, but then overlooked it. Good presentation of key arguments. On the topic of the Red Cross, you’re right to cite that as an example of a powerful global NGO that has a great impact across the world. While acknowledging the great help the Red Cross provides in disaster relief, one thing critics point to is cost and the relatively large proportion of donations that go to administrative costs (and to the salaries of international managers) rather than to direct assistance to people in need in affected countries.

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