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Vithal Rajan

In: Good Governance, Democratic Societies and Globalisation

Chapter 13: NGOs as Partners in the Process of ‘Reform’: Are they the Yogis or the Bhogis of Development?1

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NGOs as Partners in the Process of ‘Reform’: Are they the Yogis or the Bhogis of Development?1
NGOs as partners in the process of ‘reform’: Are they the yogis or the bhogis of development?
VithalRajan
Why NGOs?

On Saturday, 20 April 2002, the Prime Minister of India inaugurated in New Delhi a national conference on ‘The Role of the Voluntary Sector in National Development’. Speaking to a large group of bureaucrats and politicians, with a token sprinkling of Delhi-based voluntary-wallahs, he lauded their efforts ‘for carving out a space’. Mr Vajpayee wanted the ‘relationship of benefactor and supplicant’ to be changed ‘to one of partnership where the Government acts as a facilitator’ (The Hindu 2002b). This is all that is to be expected nowadays, including the careful selection ...

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