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Chapter 34 and 35 by eric laboy

October 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment
Apr 5/Political Globalization & Cultural Globalization · Reading Response Memos

Power Shift

The shift from state power to NGO’s is becoming more and more common in developing countries. The governments lack the resources to provide their citizens with adequate services, and this is when NGO step in with assistance. Although they are quicker in responding to opportunities and public services, they still have their own agenda. I feel it is in the best interest of the nation states to put a limit to the amount of influences NGO’s have on government. They still risk loosing control over their government to privately owned organizations. The way I see it NGO’s are funded by companies and other groups, so they must answer to those people who pay the bills. That leaves it wide open for corruption and lack of a voice for the people.

The Blacklash against NGO’s

The problem with NGO’s as I stated above is that they are special interest, meaning they have their own agenda. NGO’s make decisions and rarely have to worry about their image to the people. They have no ties to the citizens of that country and therefore could care less about the impact of their decisions. As stated in the article NGO’s have been known to tell lies about facts in order to great a bigger impact. An example of that would be when Norway was being accused of making whales extinct, when in fact they were hunting minke.  NGO’s in my opinion is going to become a problem with developing countries, and now more then ever with the technology in which we have today. It will be easier for NGO’s to communicate with other people around the world, and they will have a bigger impact on weak governments. The decline of nation states seems more and more likely with groups with special interest like NGO’s.

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // Nov 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Nice post, Eric. You put your finger on the key downside of having NGOs take on functions and services once reserved for states — lack of accountability, specifically, democratic accountability. Like you say, NGOs do answer to someone, funders, but is that enough? Does that undermine democracy?

    Building on Bond, you close with a critical claim — that NGOs may actually be exacerbating the decline of state authority. While many people see NGOs as helpfully stepping into the void left by weak states, you remind us that NGOs may themselves contribute to state decline.

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