A Project of the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society


June 11, 2003

We're Not from the Government, but We're Here to Help You

Nongovernmental Organizations: The Growing Power of an Unelected Few

Start: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 9:30 AM
End: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 4:00 PM

Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

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In recent years, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have proliferated, their rise facilitated by governments and corporations desperate to subcontract development projects. While many NGOs have made significant contributions to human rights, the environment, and economic and social development, a lack of international standards for NGO accountability also allows far less credible organizations to have a significant influence on policymaking. The growing power of supranational organizations and a loose set of rules governing the accreditation of NGOs has meant that an unelected few have access to growing and unregulated power.

NGOs have created their own rules and regulations and demanded that governments and corporations abide by those rules. Many nations’ legal systems encourage NGOs to use the courts-or the specter of the courts-to compel compliance. Politicians and corporate leaders are often forced to respond to the NGO media machine, and the resources of taxpayers and shareholders are used in support of ends they did not intend to sanction. The extraordinary growth of advocacy NGOs in liberal democracies has the potential to undermine the sovereignty of constitutional democracies, as well as the effectiveness of credible NGOs.

Please join AEI and the Institute of Public Affairs (Australia) on June 11 to debate NGO influence and accountability.

AEI and the Federalist Society are also pleased to announce the launch of the website for their new joint project-NGOWatch. Please visit NGOWatch.org for more information.

9:15 am


9:30 am

Welcome and Introduction

9:45 am

Session I

Moderator: John Fonte, Hudson Institute

Paper 1: "The NGO Challenge: Whose Democracy Is It Anyway?"

Gary Johns, Institute of Public Affairs, Australia

Paper 2: "International NGO Organization: Why the Left Are Winning"

Jeremy Rabkin, Cornell University

11:05 am

Session II

Moderator: Roger Bate, International Policy Network

Paper 1: "Biz-War: Origins, Structure, and Strategy of Foundation-NGO Network Warfare on Corporations in the United States"

Jarol Manheim, George Washington University

Paper 2: "Increasing NGO Openness and Accountability"

David Riggs, Capital Research Center

12:30 pm

Luncheon Keynote Address: Kenneth Anderson, American University Law School

1:55 pm

Session III

Moderator: Brian Hook, Hogan and Hartson, LLP

Paper 1: "NGOs and Foreign Aid: A Case Study in Institutional Capture"

Mike Nahan, Institute of Public Affairs, Australia

Paper 2: "Northern NGOs in the South: Health, Wealth, and the Environment"

Roger Bate, International Policy Network

3:15 pm

Session IV

Moderator: Fred Smith, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Paper 1: "The Corporate Social Responsibility Policy of the European Union: A European Implementation of Globalist Goals"

Marguerite Peeters, Institute for Intercultural Dialogue Dynamics, Brussels

Paper 2: "Why NGO-Stakeholder Dialogue Can Endanger Corporate Social Responsibility"

Jon Entine, AEI and Miami University of Ohio

4:30 pm


More Information
Flavius Mihaies
American Enterprise Institute
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-828-6035
Fax: 202-862-7177
E-mail: FMihaies@aei.org

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Veronique Rodman
American Enterprise Institute
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Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-862-4871
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E-mail: VRodman@aei.org
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