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Nongovernmental Organizations and the Forces Against Them: Lessons from the Anti-NGO Movement


Garry Jenkins


Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

January 19, 2012

Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2012
Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 171

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This article examines the rise and growth of nongovernmental organizations and the anti-NGO movement that has sprung up to oppose it. In addition to describing the international anti-NGO campaigns, efforts, and critiques, the article also considers the emergent dynamics between large donor organizations and smaller, grant-receiving organizations that may legitimize and exacerbate the NGO criticisms. This consideration of philanthropic donor control, micro-management of charitable projects, and funder accountability highlights important lessons that may be gleaned from a deeper understanding of anti-NGO fears and criticisms. One important insight is that as funders attempt to exert control over grantmaking activities to enhance their own accountability, they may also unwittingly weaken the accountability and legitimacy claims of the NGOs they fund. Moreover, the analysis of this understudied trend in the sector offers strategies for the philanthropic sector to deal with issues of accountability, legitimacy, governance, and donor control in ways that support NGOs without emboldening their critics.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 70

Keywords: NGO, philanthropy, development, grantmaking, philanthrocapitalism, foundations

JEL Classification: K33, L3, L30, O19, D64

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Date posted: July 3, 2012  

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Jenkins, Garry, Nongovernmental Organizations and the Forces Against Them: Lessons from the Anti-NGO Movement (January 19, 2012). Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2012; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 171. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2099272

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Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
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