Look who’s talking!: second thoughts about NGO’s as representing civil society.

Holmén, H. & Jirström, M. (2009). Look who’s talking!: second thoughts about NGO’s as representing civil society. Journal of Asian and African studies, 44(4), 429-448
This article tries to outweigh the pro’s and con’s of a bigger role for NGO’s in policy-making institutions. On the one hand has been sad that NGO’s could be useful, because of their role to give ‘the other’ a voice. On the other hand questions are being raised if NGO’s can fulfill such a responsibility, while most of them are single-issue organizations, dependent on interests of their sponsors. The author stretches that before NGO’s stretch that they function as watchdogs and represent an alternative voice, they should look closely at the legitimacy of their claim.  
The article shows the importance for NGO’s of being ‘visible’ in society. NGO’s try to be present at as many national and international events as possible. Attending these events, per example for the UN or World social forums, gives NGO’s opportunities to draw attention from the media. This is necessary for the future, in which the NGO’s have to attract donors and projects in which they can participate. The article is important for this thesis as it clarifies the importance of being visible in society.