‘Everything is Politics’: Understanding the political dimensions of NGO legitimacy in conflict-affected and transitional contexts

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Abstract

This paper examines how national NGOs operating in conflict-affected or transitional regionsgenerate and maintain legitimacy. It considers the experience of NGOs in three such contexts –Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The paper argues that existingaccounts of NGO legitimacy are unhelpful for understanding the dynamic and highly politicisedprocesses of NGO legitimation that can be observed in these contexts and argues that greaterattention should be paid to the contextual and political dimensions of NGO legitimation and delegitimation.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCentre for Development Studies, University of Bath
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Publication series

NameBath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing
No.22

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Walton, O. (2013). ‘Everything is Politics’: Understanding the political dimensions of NGO legitimacy in conflict-affected and transitional contexts. (Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing; No. 22). Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath.