(Originally posted in Responsible Business Magazine- July 2015 Issue)
The rise in NGO popularity and growth can be traced back to the 1980s when public satisfaction with conventional politics decreased, and the perceived inability of domestic and international institutions to respond to social, economic, political and transnational threats (global warming, proliferation of WMDs , proliferation of weapons of mass destruction) increased.
Since then, their numbers grew exponentially, and their influence in development aid, corporate governance, and international business escalated. As their voices grew louder in pointing out economic and political inequities of private corporations, governments, and multilateral financial institutions, so did the calls for scrutinizing their legitimacy and accountability.
Though they were heralded as the “public’s conscience”, the amount of trust placed in them started eroding in the early 1990s, and several efforts like the INGO Account- ability charter (2008), the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (2013, known today as CHS), the Global Accountability Project, and The NGO accountability and Self Regulation Project were put forth.
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