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This article contains a brief history of international NGOs, from providers of reactive emergency response to important players in strategic, planned, sustainable development. Through varied forms of advocacy and feminism, to a rights-based approach centred on empowerment, Eade and Williams show how poor people are increasingly driving their own development (and relief work). NGOs’ values run counter cultural to the fast, competitive, growth-for-growth’s sake world in which they operate. How should they adapt – and how far?

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