NGOs as Advocates for Development in a Globalising World by Barb Rugendyke

By Barb Rugendyke

This e-book strains the new progress in NGO advocacy. Barbara Rugendyke provides empirical findings concerning the affects of NGO advocacy task at the rules and practices of worldwide and nearby associations. The examine unearths the combined successes of advocacy as a method for addressing the continued explanations of poverty in constructing countries. Case stories illustrate the advocacy paintings of Australian NGOs, of British NGOs rules approximately enticing with multinationals, of Oxfam International’s advocacy directed at international financial institution rules and NGO advocacy within the Mekong sector. Adopting an interdisciplinary procedure, the combined successes of advocacy as a technique utilized by NGOs in trying to tackle the continued factors of poverty in constructing countries are examined. This quantity is a useful reduction to researchers, scholars and academics and to improvement practitioners drawn to advocacy as a improvement technique.

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Shortly after a coup in East Timor in August 1975, the ACFOA annual Council meeting called on the Australian government to express support for the principle of self-determination for the East Timorese. On 28 November 1975, the East Timorese independence movement, Fretilin, declared East Timor an independent nation. However, this was not recognised by Portugal, Indonesia or Australia. A week after the full-scale invasion of East Timor by Indonesian troops on 7 December 1975, the ACFOA executive decided to take a stand strongly critical of Australian government policy; the latter Charity to advocacy 25 considered integration with Indonesia to be in the best interests of East Timor (Hill 1980a: 8).

We must reassess our own society and its relations with the Third World. . by looking at all aspects of Australia’s relations with the Third World – military, diplomatic, trade, investment and aid. (Newell 1972: 4) Controversy erupted again over the involvement of voluntary agencies in campaigns to combat human rights abuses in the early 1970s. A tour of Australia by the South African Springbok rugby team in 1971 prompted a series of public demonstrations and widespread debate within the community about racism.

For example, the Lutheran World Service was formed in 1950, the Food for Peace Campaign (subsequently to become Community Aid Abroad and now Oxfam Australia) was established in 1953, and 1959 saw the formation of Australian Baptist World Aid and the Quaker Service Australia. This organisational boom continued into the next decade with For Those Who Have Less formed in 1962, Australian Catholic 20 Barbara Rugendyke and Cathryn Ollif Relief (now Caritas Australia) in 1964, World Vision Australia in 1966, and the Australian Foundation for Peoples of the South Pacific in 1967.

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