The ambivalent cosmopolitanism of international NGOs

Yanacopulos, Helen and Baillie Smith, Matt (2007). The ambivalent cosmopolitanism of international NGOs. In: Bebbington, Anthony J.; Hickey, Sam and Mitlin., Diana C. eds. The challenge of development alternatives: can NGOs make a difference? London: Zed, pp. 298–315.



The chapter examines ways that development is constructed, represented and mediated by NGOs to northern publics – their Public Engagement – and examines the often ambivalent relationship between NGOs and cosmopolitan politics that this engagement is predicated on. Forms of NGO engagement can help us understand their capacity to offer serious development alternatives, most notably in the form of a transnational politics of justice based on the values of solidarity.

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