WSF Karachi 2006: Are NGOs really devoted to social change?

BERLIN, Germany

A quite strong analysis by Taimur Rahman to be found here takes on international non governmental organisations (NGOs) head on. He digs into the concept of 'civil society', a concept often employed by the NGO comunity. He also challenges the notion of social change used rhetorically by NGOs, often, he believes, without truly acting as forces of social change.
A quite strong analysis by Taimur Rahman to be found here takes on international non governmental organisations (NGOs) head on. He digs into the concept of 'civil society', a concept often employed by the NGO comunity. He also challenges the notion of social change used rhetorically by NGOs, often, he believes, without truly acting as forces of social change.

Rahman says that "NGO culture grew around the millions of dollars flowing from sources beyond. It was a culture of high salaries, scepticism about revolutionary change, cynicism towards politics, belittling theoretical struggle, and a gradual but complete reconciliation with the "government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.

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and ruling class. If most NGOs today support the military government in Pakistan, it is only the historical product of an entire epoch of the erosion of all principles in the struggle to change society."

Food for thought for all those who attended the Karachi World Social Forum and beyond, of course :)

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