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Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy

Ethical Questions and International NGOs

An exchange between Philosophers and NGOs

Editors: Horton, Keith, Roche, Chris (Eds.)

  • Offers a sustained discussion of ethical questions that International NGOs face
  • Includes contributions from both practitioners and moral and political philosophers
  • Derives from a dialogue between practitioners and moral and political philosophers
  • Is framed by an Introduction and Afterword co-written by a development practitioner (Chris Roche) and a philosopher (Keith Horton)
  • Offers extended discussion of issues such as INGO accountability and effectiveness, the dilemmas of humanitarian relief, and questions associated with the phenomenon of INGO growth and organizational structure
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About this book

In recent decades there has been a great expansion in the number, size and influence of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) involved in international relief and development. These changes have led to increased scrutiny of such organisations, and this scrutiny, together with increasing reflection by INGOs themselves and their staff on their own practice, has helped to highlight a number of pressing ethical questions such organisations face, such as: should INGOs attempt to provide emergency assistance even when doing so risks helping to fuel further conflict? How should INGOs manage any differences between their values and those of the people they seek to benefit? How open and honest should INGOs be about their own uncertainties and failures?

This book consists of sustained reflections on such questions. It derives from a workshop held at Melbourne University in July 2007 that brought together a group of people – for the most part, reflective practitioners and moral and political philosophers – to discuss such questions. It explores honestly some of the current challenges and dilemmas that INGOs face, and also suggests some new ideas for meeting these challenges. Our hope is that the kind of explicit reflection on the ethical issues INGOs face exemplified in this publication will help to promote a wider debate about these issues, a debate that in turn will help INGO managers and others to make better, wiser, more ethically informed decisions.

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From the reviews:

“Philosophical literature on global ethics, global justice, and global institutions is currently enjoying something of a boom. … The present volume, edited by Keith Horton and Chris Roche, makes a commendable contribution to further clarifying such accounts. … Given the present state of the art in this area of research, this may well be right and appropriate. The authors have made a commendable contribution to charting the field, and they have written a stimulating book that invites much further research in this area.” (Jos Philips, Ethical Perspectives, Vol. 19 (1), March, 2012)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Horton, Keith (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Ethical Obligations to the Poor in a World of Nation States

    Ronalds, Paul

    Pages 13-37

  • Human Rights, Development INGOs and Priorities for Action

    Donaghue, Kieran

    Pages 39-63

  • The Ethics of Taking Sides

    Ellis, Peter

    Pages 65-85

  • The Epistemic Problem: Potential Solutions

    Horton, Keith

    Pages 87-118

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethical Questions and International NGOs
Book Subtitle
An exchange between Philosophers and NGOs
Editors
  • Keith Horton
  • Chris Roche
Series Title
Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
Series Volume
23
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8592-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8592-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8591-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3195-0
Series ISSN
1387-6678
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 241
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