Saturday, December 14, 2019

Questions political role of Norwegian NGOs

Back in the 1960s, they were grassroots, mass-based organisations with the legitimacy to speak for a broad constituency. Today, the largest Norwegian NGOs have become professionalised, centralised outfits with honed lobbying skills and close ties to politicians. Norwegian NGOs no longer possess the characteristics that gave them the legitimacy to work on building civil society in poor countries in the first place.

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