About NGO Monitor
Our Mission Statement
Who are We?
Aims and Objectives
About NGOs
What is an NGO?
Different Types of NGOs
How do NGOs operate?
Who funds NGOs?
Previous Editions
Issues of Importance
Durban Conference 2001
"Defensive Shield"

How do NGOs operate?

Much of the moral authority of NGOs, as well as their political strength, comes from support from funding and facilitator organizations. The huge budgets that NGOs have acquired turn them into political superpowers. Although the funding groups have a responsibility to ensure that their funds and support are not being directed in covert ways to support terrorism or political campaigns, such as the one being conducted by the Arab world against Israel, this requirement is largely ignored. While funding organizations have taken great care to establish financial-transparency mechanisms to make sure money is not misappropriated, the substantive work that the NGOs engage in has been subject to far less scrutiny. As a result, funding institutions and individuals have granted significant political power to organizations that hide behind a veneer of "moral guardianship."
Archive of Previous Editions
Betselem: The Ambiguous Boundary
Christian Aid Produces Inaccurate Film
Correspondence with HRW
Reference Guide to Human Rights NGOs
Images from NGOs

Oxfam's Apology
Subscribe Newsletter
NGO Monitor Created by: