NGO’s try to do good. Specifically, they do their opinion of good. NGOs have focused goals to make marketing easier and to ensure that some sort of success can be achieved. However, there are costs to this focus, especially with the increasing influence that NGOs have in global policy making. As Bond states “the fact that NGOs do not have to think about policy trade-offs or the overall impact of their causes can even be harmful.” The problem of limited scope is especially exaggerated when NGOs exert national influence, as they did in Mozambique. A provincial governor there stated “NGOs are trying to take the place of the government.”
There are checks in place to combat the limited scope problem for NGOs. Strong input and influence from people on the ground in an effected can ensure that international NGOs are using strategies specifically tailored to that region. Locals understand the history and consequences of NGO involvement, and can help to avoid long term harm to the area. A supportive and well trained local presence is also crucial for the sustainability and self sufficiency of NGO programs over the long term. A local perspective at each NGO program site both broadens and focuses the scope of the project, increasing the chances for effective relief.