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The Authority TrapStrategic Choices of International NGOs$
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Sarah S. Stroup and Wendy H. Wong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702143

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702143.001.0001

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Deference From INGOs

Deference From INGOs

(p.110) 6 Deference From INGOs
The Authority Trap

Sarah S. Stroup

Wendy H. Wong

Cornell University Press

Not all INGOs are alike, and they do not always play nicely. In fact, INGOs enjoy a diverse array of relationships with other INGOs. INGOs compete to offer specific visions of good practice for the entire INGO sector, and those visions depend on the INGO’s authority. We explore two such initiatives, both formed in 2001, the Accountability Charter (AC) and the World Social Forum (WSF). Each initiative is a mix of collaboration and condemnation, and while the AC is decidedly vanilla, neither has been particularly victorious in altering the ways the vast population of INGOs acts.

Keywords:   leading INGOs, other INGOs, Accountability Charter (AC), World Social Forum (WSF), INGO networks

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