NGOs, Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution
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NGOs, Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution

Measuring the Impact of NGOs on Intergovernmental Organisations

Daniela Irrera

Daniela Irrera explores the relationship between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs). The author reviews the issue of NGOs’ participation in the decision-making processes of intergovernmental IGOs and investigates new activities undertaken by NGOs, including their participation in multilateral humanitarian intervention operations, crisis management and conflict resolution.
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Measuring the Impact of NGOs on Intergovernmental Organisations

Daniela Irrera


This book has measured the impact of NGOs in the specific field of humanitarian action. It did this by means of a critical discussion and review of the literature, by investigating traditional and innovative roles in respect of the changes occurring in the management of global security by intergovernmental actors, and through an analysis of primary empirical data. The research was aimed at replying to the initial questions, and at shedding new light, first, on the relationship between non-state actors and IGOs in very sensitive policy areas in which political innovations are expected to increase and diversify, and, second, on the effective coordination mechanisms as applied in the field. The research also aimed at combining a suitable theoretical framework (stressing the crucial points raised by International Relations scholars and policy-makers) with the inevitable practical implications (as clarified, over the years, by practitioners and aid workers). The final intention was not to produce a precisely politically oriented piece of research, but rather to offer a general representation of the topic as a coherent part of the world governmental system.

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