Foreign Funded NGOs, Political Power, and Democratic Legitimacy

The above-titled article in Lawfare is preceded by the following “Editors Note”:

“Back in May, Ron Krebs and James Ron argued in their Foreign Policy Essay that countries should welcome foreign funded NGOs and contended that, in Israel in particular, they do considerable good. Gerald Steinberg, who heads the Institute for NGO Research in Israel, begs to differ and offers a defense of Israel’s restrictive policies regarding NGOs.”

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“Science, Industry, NGOs Brief [US] Congress on Right Whale Crisis”

The Natural Resources Defense Council posted the above-titled article on one of NRDC’s websites.  Part of this article reads as follows:

“If we are going to save the North Atlantic right whale, we must act now.

That was the resounding message from scientists, the fishing industry, and environmental groups at a briefing on Capitol Hill yesterday. Staffers were provided with three main take-homes:

  1. Support the request to the [US] Senate Appropriations Committee for an additional $5 million in FY19 funding for right whale-related research and development to reduce entanglement in fishing gear.


“Singaporean NGO shapes North Korean entrepreneurs”

The Asia Times published the above-titled article, which includes the following paragraph:

“Teaching capitalism in a post-communist state

While other North Korea-related NGOs focus on humanitarian issues and aid, Chosun Exchange – “Chosun” is a native Korean word for Korea – teaches North Koreans the basis of entrepreneurialism. It has been in operation for 11 years.”

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“Foreign-funded NGOs, political power and democratic legitimacy”

“Op-ed: Massive external funding for a very narrow group of unaccountable and polarizing NGOs is in fact corrupting the democratic principles in whose name they claim to speak.”

“Gerald M. Steinberg”

“In 2001, after the infamous NGO Forum of the UN Durban Conference that launched the BDS and demonization campaigns, I began to research the political power of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), particularly those active in the realms of human rights and international law.”

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