Posted by: r.m. | June 3, 2011

a nation of NGOs?

Has Lebanon become a nation of NGOs? [Wait. Forgive me. Has Lebanon first become a nation, for it to become a nation of anything at all?]

Funded by USAID and UNDP and others – all external to the country, to the community

Funded for what aims? what objectives?

Al-Akhbar reveals that for every 550 Lebanese, there is an NGO.  Since poverty hasn’t decreased (etc.), what are these NGOs doing? Gathering information? And for whom?

An NGO is only a means to an end, and not an end in and of itself.  The objective should not be to develop an NGO – but to solve a problem.

My own two cents or 500 liras:Be wary of becoming beholden, hostage, to donors.

The best way to operate? Get the local community to support you through many many small donations. 


Responses

  1. I can’t agree more with this! A donation nation will never rise. Only those who do not need anything can be truly free. Even if they don’t ask you for anything, you are dependent on them and hence you have restricted yourself in one way or another.

  2. Pakistan is even worse, and NGOization has totally immobilized any progressive political response to empire and oppression at the hands of Pakistan’s rulers. Tariq Ali’s renaming of them as “Western Government Organizations” rings true for not all, but many.
    Junaid

  3. Elizabeth Jabbour, BIOL207 fall 2011.
    I think that looking at our communities and specially the fact that poverty has not decreased, we can not blame all NGO’s and say that they are not doing theyre work … actually most of them are doing work but the effectiveness of their donations and participations is not enough to decrease poverty rates in lebanon or improve the environment or other causes in lebanon… therefore the government should monitor the number of NGO’s and they also should monitor the effectivness of the NGO’s that already have lisences.


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