The Flaws of Non-Governmental Organizations in Developing Countries

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The role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the world today has been increasingly questioned in recent literature as people begin to recognize the flaws of our development aid industry. The article “NGOs – A Tainted History” by Firoze Manji and Carl O’Coill explores the history of the rise of NGOs in Africa in order to demonstrate that their aim is to control and colonize Africa. Similarly, the novel Damned Nations: Geed, Guns, Armies & Aid by Samantha Nutt emphasizes the patriarchal tendencies of the aid industry and the influences of the political objectives of donor countries with descriptions of her first hand experiences on the field. With the articles “Challenging Indifference to Extreme Poverty: Considering Southern Perspectives on Global Citizenship and Change” by Barbara Heron and “International NGOs and the Aid Industry: constraints on international Solidarity” by Molly Kane in mind, I considered the effects and roles of NGOs as development organizations and instruments of change. Whereas the compilation of stories in Generation NGO, edited by Alisha Apale and Valerie Stam, recollected individual experiences of development workers, highlighting the moral and ethical challenges they faced day-to-day. Analysis of the abovementioned readings allowed me to conclude that NGOs are destructive in the developing countries in which they are situated because they impose colonialist influences, are biased towards their political supporters, are ineffective when faced

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