In Michael Bond’s article, The Backlash against NGOs, he discusses the positives and negatives of the increasing global power of NGOs. Over the past 20 years we have seen the effect that NGOs (non-governmental organizations) can have on politics around the world. Bond cites a number of different policy changes that have taken place as a direct result of the involvement of NGOs (banning the sale and use of land mines for example).
The number of NGOs that operate domestically and internationally has skyrocketed over the past decade, and they are often formed through grassroots movements. The benefits of NGOs are fairly well known, as they are able to bring publicity to specific issues often inciting change. However, NGOs commonly use exaggerated or falsified data to make the cause seem more serious. The questionable methods that these NGOs often use to draw attention to their causes casts a negative light on their message.