Waylaid Dialectic

June 23, 2010

Development Neologisms: Straw NGO

Filed under: Development Neologisms — terence @ 8:54 am

Straw NGO
Pron: Socialist! yadayada Bob Geldof! splutter!
Function: insult

Rhetorical device, as opposed to an actual existing entity. Straw NGOs are patronising, ideological, over-resourced, immensely powerful and responsible for all manner of ills. This contrasts with real NGOs which, while human, and hence fallible, generally do ok on few resources and in tricky situations. For this reason Straw NGOs are popular with bloggers and critics of aid.

See for example, this comment (by someone who usually does much better) and also this comment.


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