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December 7, 2005

NGOs: Indispensable or Unaccountable?

Start: Wednesday, December 7, 2005 8:45 AM
End: Wednesday, December 7, 2005 2:30 PM

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

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Government and international aid agencies from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have come to depend on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to implement their development policy programs. Corporations are increasingly expected to consult with NGOs prior to making investments in the developing world. Yet the long-term impact and effectiveness of NGOs is largely unknown.

Does the U.S. government rely too much on NGOs in its aid efforts? Or are NGOs the only way to stop corrupt governments from lining their pockets with aid money? What should the relationship between corporations and NGOs be? How well have NGOs performed, in practice, in combating poverty or responding to natural disasters, such as last year’s tsunami in Southeast Asia?

These and other questions will be the subject of a major conference organized by “NGOWatch,” a joint collaboration of AEI and the Federalist Society. Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) will deliver the keynote address.

8:45 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Introduction: DANIELLE PLETKA, AEI

Opening Remarks: Congressman JIM KOLBE (R-Ariz.)

9:50 am

Panel I: Getting More Bang for the Buck? U.S. Funding of NGOs

Panelists:

JOHN GARDNER, formerly of the U.S. Agency for International Development

CHAD DOBSON, Oxfam America

JIM KAISER, Committee on Government Reform

PAUL V. APPLEGARTH, German Marshall Fund, formerly of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

JOHN SULLIVAN, Center for International Private Enterprise

Moderator: ROGER BATE, AEI

11:50 am

Luncheon

12:30 pm

Panel II: NGOs and Oil—Beyond Confrontation?

Panelists:

MORTON WINSTON, Amnesty International

ANDRÉ MADEC, Exxon Mobil Corporation

NICK NICHOLS, Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise

F. WALLACE HAYS, FWH and Associates

DANIEL F. FELDMAN, Foley Hoag LLP.

Moderator: JON ENTINE, AEI

2:30 pm

Adjournment


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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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American Enterprise Institute
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Washington, DC 20036
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E-mail: VRodman@aei.org
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