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ERIC Number: EJ841594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1523-1615
Bridge over Black[ened] Water: A New Refrain for NGOs
Ginsburg, Mark
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v10 n1-2 p6-9 Fall 2007-Spr 2008
This author feels that how one views NGOs (non-government organizations) depends on one's perspective, and thus his reflections in this article focus more on extending his earlier analysis, rather than revising it. The author does this by considering three relatively recent developments, which in different ways have provoked him to keep wrestling with the question posed in his 1998 article: "What's in an acronym?" The first development connects to his activity as a journal editor and a scholar. In working with David Suarez on his manuscript that was eventually published in "Comparative Education Review," the author came to appreciate how intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) can serve as "receptor sites for transnational ideas... promot[ing] and diffus[ing]... global models at the national level". The second development has been associated with changes in the institutional location of his professional work. Between 1976, when the author received his doctorate, and 2004, when he began working on the Education Reform Program in Egypt, the author based his professional life in universities. Most recently, in September 2006, he took up a position at the headquarters of the Academy for Educational Development (AED), a "nonprofit organization working globally to improve education, health, civil society and economic development... collaborat[ing] with local and national partners... [and] serving people in all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 [other] countries" (AED, 2007). Given its core values (passion, respect, results, integrity, innovation, diversity, and excellence) and its mission ("to make a positive difference in peoples' lives by working in partnership to create and implement innovative solutions to critical social and economic problems") (AED, 2007), it seems appropriate to view this NGO as an example of a "new great organization." The third development has perhaps had the biggest impact on his thinking, if not as much yet on his actions. This deals with the revelations of the role of Blackwater Worldwide and other NGOs, which have been the recipients of U.S. contracts for security work in Iraq. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Egypt; Iraq