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NGOs, Social Movements, External Funding and Dependency

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Fernand Vincent looks at issues related to the financing sources and how they relate to the autonomy of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Is it possible for these organizations to remain autonomous with regard to their objectives and strategies, when an important percentage of their activities and functioning is financed by external sources? What are the potential risks of these different external financial sources? What interest is there for external partners in financing these activities? Or can one challenge a system when one is dependent on it? He points out the differences between NGOs and transnational social movements (TSMs) concerning both their financing sources and possible implications. He argues that NGO leaders and others must look at how to improve the search for financial and political independence and a transparency that is necessary for the success of the changes they want to promote.Development (2006) 49, 22–28. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100253

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.development.1100253

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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