How 'civil' is civil society today?

What are the implications of the changing role of NGOs in development?

Development NGOs have been valued by policy makers, scholars, and society at large for over twenty years precisely because they are non-governmental and not-for profit. Over the last decade, we have seen a re-structuring of NGOs into highly professionalized, global alliances. This situation has led some to question their legitimacy, representativeness and even altruism – the core values of civil organizations.

We invite everyone to join this event where scholars and practitioners will come together to discuss the wider implications of the increased influence, proliferation-, and professionalization of NGOs.


  • Short presentations by Ann Swidler and David Lewis
  • Panel debate
  • Questions from the audience


Ann Swidler, Professor of Sociology at University of California – Berkeley
David Lewis, Professor of Social Policy and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science
Jon Lomøy, Director General, Norad
Kathrine Raadim, Norwegian People’s Aid
Anne-Marie Helland, Norwegian Church Aid


Katerini Storeng, Centre for Development and the Envrionment


Tags: Governance, Development, Civil Society Organisations, NGO
Published July 31, 2017 3:12 PM - Last modified Aug. 18, 2017 8:12 AM