The Role of NGOs. In this Session. Learn how NGOs participate in the intergovernmental arena, including the negotiation of MEAs. Consider the value of NGO roles. Defining NGOs NGOs at the UN and in MEAs Defining Objectives: different NGO roles in negotiations.
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Learn how NGOs participate in the intergovernmental arena, including the negotiation of MEAs. Consider the value of NGO roles.
How do you describe an NGO? One survey found 48 different terms and acronyms. Here is a sample:
In short, there is no agreed terminology for describing the NGO sector.
In some ways, it is easier to describe what NGOs are not, rather than what they are. It is generally agreed that NGOs are not:
The Panel described civil society in the following way:
children and youth
Workers and trade unions
business and industry
the scientific and technical community
farmersNGOs, civil society, or major groups?
Those who have an interest in a particular decision, either as individuals or representatives of a group. This includes people who influence a decision, or can influence it, as well as those affected by it.
“Ten years ago there was little talk of civil society in the corridors of power, but now the walls reverberate with at least the rhetoric of partnership, participation, and the role of citizens’ groups in promoting sustainable development”
4 important functions:
Service-delivery – organizations that develop, monitor and implement projects/programmes or services; these CSOs are often based at the grassroots level or work closely with community-based organizations (CBOs).
Representation – organizations that aggregate citizen voices; these include CSO umbrella and network organizations and indigenous peoples’ groups.
Advocacy and policy inputs – organizations that provide expertise and lobby on particular issues; these include think-tanks, research-oriented institutions and “watchdog” institutions.
Capacity building – organizations that provide support to other CSOs, including funding, training and raising awareness; these institutions include foundations and major NGOs.
Social functions – organizations that foster collective social activities, including religious groups.
The following quotes suggest some different opinions of the role of NGOs. What do you think?
[A] NGOs are tugboats in international channels.
[C] …civil society is not just a resting place for social movements on their way to the state. It is meaningful and sometimes crucial as a site of political action in its own right.
[B] social movements take an unlikely idea, make it seem feasible, and then put it into practice.
[D] the rise of the global idiots … any group with a fax machine and a modem has the potential to distort public debate .