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Development and Advocacy

Edited By Deborah Eade
ISBN: 9780855984632
In recent years advocacy work has come under increasing criticism. NGOs are challenged on the grounds of: legitimacy, effectiveness, role, and strategy. As international grassroots advocacy is becoming more vocal thanks to new communication technologies; what is the appropriate role for Northern NGOs?
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  • Synopsis
    Most major development NGOs dedicate significant resources to advocacy. Many also work to inform and shape public opinion, whether through advertising or fundraising or through education programmes. They argue that fundamental change is not achieved until the policy environment is right and cannot be sustained without a groundswell of support for reform. In recent years, however, advocacy work has come under increasing criticism. NGOs are challenged on the grounds of: Legitimacy - Whom do they represent, and to whom are they accountable? Effectiveness - What practical impact does high-level advocacies have on the lives of people living in poverty and who is to judge this? Role - Should NGOs try to combine funding and advocacy or do these demand different kinds of South-North relationship? Strategy - Are NGOs seduced by agencies like the World Bank or by the corporate sector to readily? When does constructive engagement with these powerful bodies turn into co-option by them? As international grassroots advocacy is becoming more vocal thanks to new communication technologies; what is the appropriate role for Northern NGOs?
  • Table of Contents
    Contributors

    Preface
    Deborah Eade

    Development and advocacy
    Maria Teresa Diokno-Pacual

    NGOs and advocacy: how well are the poor represented
    Warren Nyamugasira

    The international anti-debt campaign: a Southern activist view for activists in "the North" and "the South"
    Dot Keet

    Human rights and religious backlash: the experience of a Bangladeshi NGO
    Mohammad Rafi and A.M.R. Chowdhury

    Disaster without memory: Oxfam's drought programme in Zambia
    K. Pushpanath; Campaigning: a fashion or the best way to change the global agenda?
    Gerd Leipold

    Northern NGO advocacy: perceptions, reality and the challenge
    Ian Anderson

    "Does the doormat influence the boot?" critical thoughts on UK NGOs and international advocacy
    Michale Edwards

    The effectiveness of NGO campaigning: lessons from practice
    Jennifer Chapman and Thomas Fisher

    Heroism and ambiguity: NGO advocacy in international policy
    Paul Nelson

    Northern words, Southern readings
    Carmen Marcuello and Chaime Marcuello

    Menchu Tum,Stoll, and martyrs of solidarity
    Larry Reid

    The People's Communication Charter
    Cees J.Hamelink

    Annotated bibliography

    Organisations

    Addresses of publishers
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    Editor Deborah Eade
    Number of Pages 214
    Format Paperback / softback