NGOs, States and Donors Revisited: Still Too Close for Comfort?

Nicola Banks, David Hulme, Michael Edwards

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Serious questions remain about the ability of NGOs to meet long-term transformative goals in their work for development and social justice. We investigate how, given their weak roots in civil society and the rising tide of technocracy that has swept through the world of foreign aid, most NGOs remain poorly placed to influence the real drivers of social change. However we also argue that NGOs can take advantage of their traditional strengths to build bridges between grassroots organizations and local and national-level structures and processes, applying their knowledge of local contexts to strengthen their roles in empowerment and social transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-718
Number of pages11
JournalWorld Development
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


  • NGOs
  • civil society
  • poverty
  • development
  • foreign aid

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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