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In fresh many years there was a good enlargement within the quantity, measurement and impression of overseas Non-Governmental organizations (INGOs) fascinated with foreign reduction and improvement. those alterations have ended in elevated scrutiny of such firms, and this scrutiny, including expanding mirrored image by means of INGOs themselves and their employees on their lonesome perform, has helped to focus on a few urgent moral questions such organizations face, similar to: should still INGOs try and offer emergency information even if doing so dangers aiding to gasoline extra clash? How may still INGOs deal with any variations among their values and people of the folk they search to profit? How open and sincere may still INGOs be approximately their very own uncertainties and failures?

This e-book includes sustained reflections on such questions. It derives from a workshop held at Melbourne collage in July 2007 that introduced jointly a gaggle of individuals – for the main half, reflective practitioners and ethical and political philosophers – to debate such questions. It explores truthfully the various present demanding situations and dilemmas that INGOs face, and likewise indicates a few new rules for assembly those demanding situations. Our wish is that the type of specific mirrored image at the moral matters INGOs face exemplified during this booklet can assist to advertise a much wider debate approximately those concerns, a debate that during flip may also help INGO managers and others to make greater, wiser, extra ethically educated decisions.

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Dependency theories that argued that the development of ‘the North’ entailed the underdevelopment of ‘the South’ have generally been discredited (Risse 2005, p. 13) An argument he associates with John Rawls (1993, p. 77). For example, he argues that ‘most of the severe poverty today would be avoided if the design of the global order were just’ (Pogge 2005b, pp. 76–77). In contrast, Jared Diamond (2005) argues that differences in people’s environments are the most important determinant of the course of their history.

See Brown’s discussion (2002, p. 173) of the work of Charles Beitz. Although Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (2002, p. 12) claims that it was ‘religion that first taught human beings to look beyond the city-state, the tribe and the nation to humanity as a whole’. Certainly, the ‘Golden Rule’ of ethics, which can be broadly stated as ‘treat others Ethical Obligations to the Poor in a World of Nation States 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. ’, when extended beyond one’s own political community, is cosmopolitan in nature and can be found in nearly all of the major religions and cultures including the Jewish (Leviticus 19:33–34), Hindu (Mahabharata 5:15:17), Christianity (Matthew 7:12) and Confucianism.

United Nations. 2005. United Nations Summit Outcome Document, Paragraphs 138–139, New York. html. United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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