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Look Who's Talking! Second thoughts about NGOs as representing Civil Society

Holmén, Hans and Jirström, Magnus LU (2009) In Journal of Asian and African Studies 44(4). p.429-448
Abstract
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are major players in development aid today. It is widely believed they represent civil society and that, for example, the UN and the World Bank would be strengtened if NGOs were given a larger influence over policy formulation and development. As one can hardly speak of an NGO community, the issue of representation is far from easily solved. NGOs often compete for visibility, clients and influence, and representation leaves a lot to be desired. Hence, governments' and intergovernmental institutions' reluctance to accept immediately NGOs as partners, may be necessary for NGOs to become representative and, paradoxically, for strengthening civil society as well.
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NGO, networking, campaigning, civil society, representation, social forum, representaion, non-governmental organizations, local organization, advocacy
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Journal of Asian and African Studies
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44
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4
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429 - 448
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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0021-9096
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10.1177/0021909609105093
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English
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  author       = {Holmén, Hans and Jirström, Magnus},
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  keyword      = {NGO,networking,campaigning,civil society,representation,social forum,representaion,non-governmental organizations,local organization,advocacy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {429--448},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Journal of Asian and African Studies},
  title        = {Look Who's Talking! Second thoughts about NGOs as representing Civil Society},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0021909609105093},
  volume       = {44},
  year         = {2009},
}