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NGOs Blog # 2

April 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Power is not shifted by NGOs. NGOs are working parallel with government. In the third world countries government budget is too low that they can fulfill the needs of the population and people are become the burden for the country. NGOs reduce the burden of the government. In the rural area NGOs working with government of the country on education, public health and pure drinking water. Most of the time NGO talks about human rights and advice government what to do or not to do but they are not involved political matters of a country. They are strong but not strong like a government. According to “Following Up: Haiti Recovery Economics” in long run the financial aid by NGOs can paralyzed the economical progressed of government. People are more depend on the aid. Donation money is the easy money for NGOs. In the case of Haiti in long run the staff of the NGOs can be corrupted. As a result people of Haiti don’t like NGOs. If government doesn’t have any or less regulation of on these NGOs it can be disaster for any country like Haiti and NGOs become more powerful then government. According to the Backlash NGOs all international NGOs are expanding around the world. CARE and Amnesty International have couple of million members and couple of thousand staff. Budget of this tow large NGOs over couple of hundred million US dollars. There are over thirty thousand NGOs around the world. These NGOs are interconnected and exchange information that they are become more and more powerful like government.

Transparency of NGOs is public Concern. All NGOs are run on donation and how they spending their money are very important. To accumulate donation the NGOs success is important. Media give NGOs success. NGOs spend a large portion of their budget for media. In Haiti the people criticize that the staff of these NGOs spend donation money for eating in fancy restaurant when most of the people are starving for hunger. There are another issue is NGOs are working fast with out future planning. When any NGOs are generate donation for certain purpose or planning they try to do on time other wise they will not get donation for future. In Haiti they build new hospital but they don’t train the local people to operate the hospital. In long run this hospital becomes useless. The reason of this argument is that I can give some one a fancy iMac but if the person doesn’t know how to operate the iMac this 1700 dollars iMac useless for him. I personally know one person work with small a NGO in Bangladesh with in six month she second time visit to USA. NGO bear her all expenses. Her boss the CEO of this NGO have million dollar assets in Bangladesh and his son study in London and father bear all the expense for son. This man earns these assets by running this NGO but 15 yrs back he sued to live in a small house on rent. This is the only one snap shot of NGOs working in Bangladesh but the full pictures are much more corrupted. These NGOs are independent and less regulated that they don’t have to publish their budget repot to the public. May be they spend some money for the people to show that they are help the needy but in reality it dose not work at all. There is a statement “Something is better then nothing”. The NGOs are helping the people better then Government.

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // May 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Excellent recap of the key issues in the debate on NGOs and development. The iMac analogy is very apropos. And the anecdote describing the circumstances of a member of Bangladesh’s “NGO class” parallels what was described in Haiti — usefully suggesting this may be a “global” issue.

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