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Relationship with governmental bodies

Transnational Action through NGO Networks (Part #7)

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20. The system of transnational associations is often well- equipped to adapt rapidly to new crises, or, alternatively, to undertake or maintain long-term programmes. This complements governmental concerns and reaction-times with respect to the intermediate time period (represented by the period of office for which it has a mandate).


  • the functions of different types of organization with respect to different time periods should be made better known. Government should resist the tendency to pressure other bodies into adjusting their programmes to its own timescale.

21. The major concern of governmental bodies in relating to non- governmental activity should be the manner and extent to which an area of nongovernmental competence can be defined without destroying the initiative, interest or commitment of the organization in question.


  • computer based programme information systems should be designed to map out systematically areas of problem competence and activity for all active organizational units (whether governmental or non-governmental) so that claims to particular areas can be made and periodically assessed.

22. In order to achieve greater application of existing resources to detected social problems and to develop the social structure, governmental agencies should facilitate the action of any non- governmental body with a commitment to the problem in question, rather than demand that the body place its resources at the disposal of the governmental agency.


  • see 18.