Ann C. Hudock is the author of NGOs and Civil Society: Democracy by Proxy?

Civil society is the mortar that holds together the bricks of democratic societies. In developing countries, they are the organizations most essential to both social progress and the monitoring of governmental performance. In these same countries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that build civil society often partner with NGOs in developed countries. But the disparities in wealth and influence often means that NGOs in developing countries are reduced to acting as agents of their richer partners. Ann Hudock explains the costs of this state of affairs.