The Future of Transnational NGO Advocacy

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May 2019


By Elizabeth Bloodgood, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Nina Hall, George E. Mitchell, Christopher Pallas & Hans Peter Schmitz May 20, 2019International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have repeatedly won Nobel prizesfor their advocacy work and helped combat major world problems ranging from arms control to global poverty. However, international advocacy organizations, particularly those from high-income countries in the Global North, face a growing crisis of relevance.Policymakers and the general public increasingly question the accuracy of NGOs’ claims and the legitimacy of allowing Northern NGOs to speak for, or advocate on behalf of, people living in developing countries. In a growing number of countries, legal restrictions on foreign NGOs have limited Northern NGOs’ ability to conduct operations or provide funding, reducing their access and capacity to work with Southern partners.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review