When NGOs buy into the language of philanthrocapital, there’s a problem.
What are international NGOs good for? The fact that this question is now being asked insistently in forums across the world speaks of a crisis of legitimacy in the international development sector. Long viewed with suspicion in countries of the global South, international NGOs are now coming under fire in their home environments, where many are accused of abandoning any concern with social justice in their desire to cement new power relationships with capital, philanthrocapital and the state. If they are no longer inspired by a desire for justice, the more fundamental question is: do NGOs have a future at all?
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