Humanitarian Aid, Independence and Innovation
In the aftermath of 9/11, governments have been increasingly inclined to make humanitarian action subordinate to broader political and military objectives. Since many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are financially dependent upon governments, this raises issues related to their independence and neutrality.At worst, NGOs may be reduced to contract agencies, or even, as some politicians would wish, mere ‘force multipliers’ in the ‘global war on terror’. Does dependence upon government funding indeed equate with the erosion of institutional independence?
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