Development NGOs: Actors in a Global Civil Society or in a New International Social System?

  • Terje Tvedt

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022010026305

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Tvedt, T. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (2002) 13: 363. doi:10.1023/A:1022010026305


The international aid system forms a powerful structural force impacting organizational landscapes and civil societies all over the world in complex ways we do not yet understand. Dominant NGO research has failed to properly address this crucial issue, because of a conceptual, theoretical, and ideological tradition that is itself embedded in this very same system's normative, rhetorical agenda. This paper suggests some conceptual and theoretical approaches that should encourage more comparative research on the role of the development NGOs in shaping national and global civil societies

development NGOsglobal civil societydonor fundingglobalizationpower

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© International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terje Tvedt
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Development StudiesUniversity of BergenBergenNorway