Sep
24

“Foam insulation groups challenge US NGO criticism”

ChemicalWatch published the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“Foam insulation groups say that an NGO report that cautioned against their products “ignores science” and focuses too heavily on the mere presence of a chemical in a product.

The criticism has come in response to a report authored by the Energy Efficiency for All NGO partnership, which ranked insulation and air-sealing products based on their chemical composition and potential health effects, as well as their performance and costs.

Sep
20

Inside a pro-democracy NGO, an employee-led labor movement takes shape

Devex published the following article:

WASHINGTON — Last month, employees at the National Democratic Institute voted to join a union, a decision aimed at improving their bargaining power over a range of workplace benefits — including some unique to the international development industry.

As a union workforce, NDI employees will negotiate vacation, sick leave, and health care, as well as international travel policies, often to insecure locations where NDI supports democratic institutions.

The move to unionize by an international development organization is a rare one — even for organizations that support labor movements in other countries. It speaks to a growing awareness among development professionals that being mission-driven does not have to mean foregoing some of the options available to improve workplace conditions.”

Sep
10

“NGOs do more harm than good in conflict zones” By MENELAOS AGALOGLOU 09 SEP 2018

 

The Myanmar Times published the above-captioned article, which reads in part as follows:

“WHILE reading the sex scandals involving Oxfam personnel in Haiti, I remembered past reports implicating UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic as well as my recent humanitarian venture with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sep
06

Worldwide NGO Directory

A worldwide NGO directory is available here. One click will list NGOs in a particular region of the world.

 

 

Sep
02

“NGO lawsuit seeks documents behind EPA ‘science transparency’ proposal”

Chemical Watch posted the above titled article, which reads as follows:

“The NGO the Environmental Defense Fund has sued the US EPA over its failure to release requested documents related to its proposed ‘science transparency rule’.

The lawsuit relates to the EPA’s proposed rule: Strengthening transparency in regulatory science. The controversial plan is intended to ensure that science underpinning regulatory decisions is available for public validation. But its detractors say it will limit the types of data the EPA can consider in rulemakings.

Aug
20

“Creating leadership pipeline for NGOs difficult”

Forbes India posted the above titled article, part of which follows:

“The Bridgespan Group surveyed approximately 250 leaders from Indian NGOs and the Indian offices of international NGOs, to look into NGOs’ efforts to strengthen their leaders’ skill sets and build their leadership bench.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Aug
13

“Many NGO workers on the ground don’t speak the local language – new research”

The Conversation posted the above titled article, which follows:

“After the Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal in Haiti hit the headlines earlier this year, 22 aid agencies published an open letter declaring that they would “take every step to right our wrongs and eradicate abuse in our industry”. They made a commitment to ‘listen and take action’.

There is nothing new about NGOs claiming that they ‘listen’ to communities and act on their feedback. A cursory glance at NGO publicity materials reveals that they typically claim that they empower communities by listening and involving them in decisions about aid projects.

Aug
09

“In defense of NGOs, incubators of future leaders”

The Daily Maverick recently posted the following article:

NGOs attract skilled individuals committed to progressive causes at great personal sacrifice. Furthermore, NGOs serve to incubate future leaders… In our broken, grotesquely unequal and multiply wounded society these NGOs have been the glue that enormously contributes to our society’s continued integrity and survival, and provide much needed hope.

The NGO sector has recently been on the receiving end of an itinerant lynch mob of virtue-signalling competitors in what seems an orgy of schadenfreude.

In contrast NGOs and specific individuals are hamstrung in defence because any response would be conflated with toleration of isolated and indefensible occurrences at a few NGOs.

Jul
30

“Governing NGOs: A Challenge in Four Acts”

The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently published the following article:

“Many boards experience friction as the organizations they govern mature from small teams associated with passionate founders and funders to professional groups powered by best practices. To succeed, they must evolve alongside their NGO.”

Click here to read entire article.

 

 

Jul
23

“Congress sounds alarm over Tunisia’s proposed NGO law”

The Al-Monitor recently published the following article:

“While US lawmakers have been among Tunisia’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders since the 2011 Jasmine Revolution, a proposed Tunisian law to more tightly regulate nongovernmental organizations has prompted Congress to issue a rare rebuke against the Arab world’s newest democracy.

Senate appropriators are demanding a report on the Tunisian government’s efforts to pass a bill that would supplant existing NGO regulations and potentially give the government more control over civil society. Buried in the report accompanying the annual Senate foreign assistance bill is language directing the State Department to provide Congress with an assessment of “the content of the proposed NGO law for Tunisia and its implications on the ability of USAID [the US Agency for International Development] and the Department of State to support Tunisian civil society organizations.”

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