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Between Power and Irrelevance: The Future of Transnational NGOs

George E. Mitchell, Hans Peter Schmitz, and Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken


Geopolitical shifts, increasing demands for accountability, and growing competition have been driving the need for change within the transnational nongovernmental organization (TNGO) sector. Additionally, TNGOs have been embracing more transformative strategies aimed at the root causes, not just the symptoms, of societal problems. As the world has changed and TNGOs’ ambitions have expanded, the roles of TNGOs have begun to shift and their work has become more complex. To remain effective, legitimate, and relevant in the future necessitates organizational changes and investments in new capabili ... More

Keywords: adapt, future, relevance, forms and norms, architecture, effectiveness, impact, legitimacy, accountability, change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190084714
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190084714.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George E. Mitchell, author
Associate Professor, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York

Hans Peter Schmitz, author
Associate Professor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, author
Five Oaks Consulting, former director of Transnational NGO Initiative at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University