Healthy democracy depends on a strong and vibrant civil society. NGOs have a central role to play in this process, especially those which empower disadvantaged and under–represented groups. However, Hudock shows that over recent years, NGOs have become heavily dependent on development agencies and governments for their funding, jeopardizing their effectiveness. The book argues that we need a thorough organizational and political understanding of the way in which NGOs in the north and south work in order to comprehend fully both the opportunities they can offer and the serious constraints under which they operate. Using many examples and two case studies, Hudock highlights the difficulties faced by NGOs and outlines possible solutions for the future.
NGOs and Civil Society will be indispensable reading for all those studying the role of NGOs in development studies, international relations and the sociology of development, as well as for practitioners.
1. Non–Governmental Organizations: Pawns or Practitioners.
2. The Ties that Bind: Northern NGOs′ Relationships with Southern NGOs.
3. Analysing Institutional Interdependence: A Conceptual Framework.
4. Paying the Piper and Calling the Tune: Northern NGOs′ Capacity Building Support for Southern NGOs.
5. Cascading Conditionalities and the Role of International Organizations in Capacity Building.
6. Sierra Leone and The Gambia: Case Studies of NGO Interdependence.
7. Sustainable Idealism: Innovative Financing Strategies and NGOs′ Contribution to Civil Society Development.
8. Conclusions: ′Just Say No′: Strengthening Southern NGOs′ Capacity to Contribute to Civil Society.