European Civil Society and International Development Aid: Organisational Incentives and NGO Advocacy

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This book explains how and why European non-governmental development
organisations (NGDOs) engage in advocacy towards the European Union (EU).
It analyses the heterogenous structure of the sector, with examples ranging
from large multinational networks to essentially single person NGDOs. The
book provides a detailed map of the topics which have featured in NGDO
advocacy since 2006, arguing that NGDOs have generally been reactive in their
advocacy towards the EU. The author explains how they have contested a
number of policy issues on the agendas of the EU institutions, especially
around the diversion of aid to manage migration and leverage private sector
investments. Furthermore, some NGDOs have used the COVID-19 pandemic
as an opportunity to re-package their pre-existing policy demands. Based on an
analytical framework focused around three variables, namely moral vision,
funding concerns, and the need to build/maintain a ‘good’ reputation, the book
explains these advocacy choices, and argues that much of NGDO advocacy
seems to be consistent with funding motivations. The author highlights the
importance of moral vision and reputational concerns in moderating how far
NGDOs will go with funding-driven advocacy, arguing that motivations need to
be looked at in their complexity, and within the specific policy context.
Drawing on a range of quantitative and qualitative data sets to provide a
rich and varied picture of the advocacy work of European development
NGOs, European Civil Society and International Development Aid is a key
reference for researchers and practitioners working in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages194
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-367-86187-2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Explorations in Development Studies


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