Problem

Neglect of non-western structures in international nongovernmental organizations

Nature:
Most INGOs are organized in what can be termed a Western concept of organization. Such organizations, wherever they are based, then appear to be transplants which are not natural or meaningful in non-Western societies. As such they are easily suspect and subject to criticism, thus deterring full contact with them.
Counter Claim:
Although it would be valuable to make use of non-Western models of organization at the transnational level, the problem is that such models have not yet been sufficiently developed. Even regional organizations in African, Asian and Arab countries tend to be elaborations of the Western model rather than alternative models. National governmental agencies in developing countries, for example, are largely based on Western models, for lack of anything better. It is questionable whether the organizational concept used in Eastern socialist countries is sufficiently distinct from the Western model to escape such criticism. (To put matters in perspective, it is useful to look at the equivalent technological problem. The design of airplanes is governed by principles elaborated in developed countries. Whilst it would be delightful to travel in an intercontinental airplane designed in a developing country, there are none. Is this to mean that those designed in developed countries should not be used in developing countries?).
Related Problems:
International aid paternalism
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET