Mathews’ article, Power Shift, takes an optimistic view on nongovernmental organizations (NGO). There has been a big shift from state power to NGOs. She says that NGO’s role and influence has exploded in the last half-decade. The reason for this explosion is due to the advances in technology that has connected us to the whole world. Thanks to computers, internet, fax machines, and cheaper commercial airlines, we can communicate with any part of the world easily. Some NGOs have more financial resources than for example, the UN for human rights. Falling governments can no longer manage things like health care and education, so NGOs take over. They shape our lives with much needed public support and give more official development assistance. NGOs were the initiators to combat the issue of global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, before governments did. They are quicker than governments to respond to issues and opportunities.
Bond’s article, The Backlash against NGOs, takes a more pessimistic view on NGOs. Bond’s article shows the negatives about NGOs outweighing their positives. Although they are well intentioned, “every NGO has to answer to the people who pay its bills”. NGOs have a high dependency on the media to gain exposure. Things like global warming that affect everyone gets broadcasted but things that are country specific such as nitrate leaching gets ignored. They need to find other means on raising money and not just depend on the media. They are also known to stretch the truth and make things seem worse than they are so more people will donate. I think we are giving NGOs too much power. Even though they have good intentions and usually do well, there could always be an alternate scheme in the background that we do not see. Corruption occurs everywhere, even in our police department, and it could easily occur in the NGOs.