Utilizing the Strengths of Northern and Southern NGOs for Effective Collaboration


Many challenges face the progress of non-government organizations (NGOs) in developing countries. A pertinent factor is the relationship between Northern NGOs and Southern NGOs (SNGO). In implementing successful development policies there is much debate about which organizations have more legitimacy. Northern NGOs have more power, credibility to the donor world, and access to resources, but the Southern NGOS have more credibility with the society within which they are working. This hindrance in achieving policy goals is remedied by encouraging partnerships between Northern NGOs and Southern NGOs. Northern NGOs bring legitimacy through their transparency with the donor world, and when allied with a Southern NGO in an equal manner, the SNGO brings legitimacy to the partnership through their trusted relations with the society seeking assistance. When they’ve formed a relationship that understands and accepts each other’s cultural differences, significant and legitimate development can occur.

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