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Nongovernments: NGOs and the Political Development of the Third World

Julie Fisher
Nongovernments: NGOs and the Political Development of the Third World
ISBN: 978-1-56549-074-1
1997/234 pages/LC: 97-14228
A Kumarian Press Book
"No one has a broader, deeper or more nuanced grasp of the contribution of NGOs to the awakening of a civil society in the Third World than Julie Fisher. An essential source book for anyone concerned with NGOs or contemporary Third world political development."— David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World

"This work will be particularly useful to those interested in capacity building and who need a comprehensive view of the ways that [NGOs] work in different cultural and political settings."—David E. Apter


This definitive work on nongovernmental organizations provides a complete overview of the composition and the types of NGOs that have emerged in recent years. Julie Fisher describes in detail the influence these organizations have had on political systems throughout the world and the hope their existence  holds for the realization of sustainable development.


Julie Fisher is a retired program officer at the Kettering Foundation and a former independent consultant on international development. To learn more about her work visit


  • NGOs, Civil Society and Political Development.
  • Government Policies Toward NGOs: Political Context and the Growth of Civil Society.
  • The Impact of NGOs on Governments: The Role of NGO Autonomy.
  • Promoting Democratization and Sustainable Development.
  • Subnational Governments and NGOs.
  • Civil Society, Democracy, and Political Development.