“Opinion: NGOs — here’s how to strengthen your engagement with governments By Tim Hanstad “

Editor’s Note: devex posted the above-titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“Large-scale social change rarely occurs without government playing a key role in policy change, policy implementation, or both. Consider China’s rural legal reforms in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, which helped hundreds of millions of farmers lift themselves from poverty; the 19th amendment in the United States, which allowed women to vote and fueled wider gains for women’s rights; or India’s launch of a unique digital identification system, which has allowed tens of millions of families to access government poverty alleviation programs and services.

Yet, too few NGOs seek to leverage this tool to achieve durable social change at scale. In fact, NGOs often try to bypass government for a variety of reasons. However, NGOs can sideline government to their own detriment.

No government is a monolith. And NGOs that endeavor to find and collaborate with committed government officials reap oversized rewards.”

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