New challenges for Brazilian civil society actors within the changing context of international cooperation
The research conducted by the FGV about international cooperation and the architecture of funding
for Brazilian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) (CEAPG & ARTICULAÇÃO D3, 2013) generated
significant results. These provide us with a better understanding about the national and global changes that
have rapidly affected the development of civil society organizations in Brazil. The results broadly confirm
the findings of research conducted a few years ago into changes, over past decades, in the direction of nongovernment
aid flows within Latin America (BIEKART, 2005). We should note that, compared to its neighbouring
countries, since the 1980s, Brazil has been recognized as the country that receives the most funding
from all the private European aid agencies, followed (at some distance), by Peru (and, after 2002, by Bolivia).
This finding serves to support the belief that the current retraction of international non-government aid
flows to Brazil is actually a relatively recent phenomenon.
This chapter intends to comment on the results of research about “international cooperation”, primarily by providing a brief overview of the changing international context within which such results should be analysed. For a better understanding of the global context, we will identify a series of current trends in debates about global policy and international cooperation. These developments also have implications for international donor NGOs, which we will discuss in the second part of the chapter. The third section explores the implications for Brazilian civil society organizations and considers how this so-called “retraction” affects future prospects. Finally, we present some suggestions about the potential future challenges for Brazilian civil society organizations within their current context.
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