Et af de udtryk, der i de senere år har irriteret mig mest, er “NGO’er”–d.v.s. “non-government organizations”. Dette udtryk bruges som regel til at beskrive en blandet landhandel af organisationer, der generelt kan sammenfattes som værende karakteriseret af ihvertfald to ting: De er 1) relativt langt til venstre i det politiske spektrum; 2) dybt afhængige af skattekroner fra de stater, som de angiveligt ikke er en del af.
Ikke desto mindre giver journalister og stater typisk disse organisationer en ukritisk dækning på linie med, at de var udsendte repræsentanter for Oraklet fra Delphi, inkarnationer af Leonardo da Vinci/Mahatma Gandhi, o.s.v.
I USA er man derimod generelt lidt mere kritisk nærgående overfor f.eks. MSM–og nu også NGO’ere. Tænketanken American Enterprise Institute og juristsammenslutningen Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy er således nu gået sammen om at drive et NGO Watch. Her kan man bl.a. læse dette om formålet:
“In recent years, NGOs have become more prominent, more visible across a broader spectrum of interests. Governments and international organizations increasingly rely on NGOs to implement aid programs and deliver development assistance, channeling millions of dollars through these organizations and arguing, in effect, that NGOs have the capacity to address social and environmental problems with greater efficiency than government agencies. Today, thousands of internationally operating NGOs deliver billions of dollars of assistance annually, and the U.S. government gives a large share of its aid funds through NGOs.
NGO officials are widely cited in the media and relied upon in congressional testimony; corporations regularly consult with NGOs prior to major investments. NGOs also use their growing influence inside international organizations to push for the establishment of globalized standards and international legal norms. Yet this growing local and global role has in large part been unchecked and unregulated. Coupled with sparse (or reluctant) practices of public disclosure and a spate of high-profile NGO scandals in the last decade, calls for greater transparency in NGO operations have been resounding. Who funds NGOs? How effective are their programs? How do they influence governments and international organizations? What are their agendas? And to whom are they accountable?”
NGO Watch fokuserer f.eks. i en kommende konference på organisationer, der promoverer begrebet “corporate social responsibility”:
“What really is Corporate Social Responsibility? Do companies that engage in it cheat their shareholders and mislead the public by greenwashing or are they investing in their long-term future? These and other question will be discussed at the upcoming NGOWatch Conference.”