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Introduction: Financial Independence Among NGOs and Social Movements1

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Highlighting the experiences of the World Social Forum (WSF), national nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in three developing countries and donor policies on funding of civil society organizations, Kléber Ghimire introduces the issue of financial autonomy among NGOs and social movements today. He argues that although social movements like the WSF vary in their appreciation of the current economic system and transformations required, when it comes to raising funds they are not very different from an NGO in that they share severe financial insecurity and the risk of political manipulation by donor institutions and authorities. The financial fragility of both groups emanates primarily from their approaches and working methods, which require important external resources, and by the fact that there is almost a total absence of internal assessment on their own means.Development (2006) 49, 4–10. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100251
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2006

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