Why int’l NGOs may become obsolete in the internet era

By Simon Shen, Ejinsight

In recent years many nations around the world have witnessed a boom in the development of civil society, posing enormous challenge to the existence of old-school non-governmental organizations (NGOs), whose bloated bureaucracy and high administrative costs have often come under ridicule.

An investigative report jointly published last month by Justin Elliott, a journalist from the independent non-profit newsroom ProPublica, and Laura Sullivan from the National Public Radio suggested that a significant portion of the donations raised by US Red Cross for the Haiti earthquake back in 2010 has gone missing, and that a lot of the money has been spent in the wrong place.

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