This book traces the recent growth in NGO advocacy. Barbara Rugendyke presents empirical findings about the impacts of NGO advocacy activity on the policies and practices of global and regional institutions. The research reveals the mixed successes of advocacy as a strategy for addressing the ongoing causes of poverty in developing nations. Case studies illustrate the advocacy work of Australian NGOs, of British NGOs policies about engaging with multinationals, of Oxfam International’s advocacy directed at World Bank policies and NGO advocacy in the Mekong Region.
Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the mixed successes of advocacy as a strategy used by NGOs in attempting to address the ongoing causes of poverty in developing nations are examined. This volume is a useful aid to researchers, students and lecturers and to development practitioners interested in advocacy as a development strategy.
Table of Contents
1. Lilliputians or Leviathans?: NGOs as Advocates Part 1: Contesting the Global Futures – From Charity to Challenge 2. Charity to Advocacy: Changing Agendas of Australian NGO's 3. Speaking Out: Australian NGO's as Advocates Part 2: Towards Global Equality?: Internationalisation, Oxfam and the World Bank 4. Global Action: International NGO's and Advocacy 5. Oxfam, the World Bank and Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Part 3: A Hesitant Courtship: Engaging the Corporate Sector 6. Confrontation, Cooperation and Co-Optation: NGO Advocacy and Corporations 7. Risks and Rewards: NGOs Engaging the Corporate Sector Part 4: Dam(n)ing the Mekong?: Banks, States, NGOs and the Poor 8. Advocacy, Civil Society and the State in the Mekong Region 9. Asian Development Bank: NGO Encounters and the Theun-Hinboun Dam, Laos 10. Making Poverty History?
Barbara Rugendyke is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.