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Education for Development: A Means for the Legitimacy of a Fragmented Sector

Author(s): Mª Luz Ortega Carpio

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 72;
Start page: 97;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: educación para el desarrollo | cooperación | ONGD

When there are increasingly more voices questioning the legitimacy on which DNGOs are supported, this work aims to indicate the elements that have generated fragmentation in the sector and different views of the role of DNGOs. The analysis concludes that an integratedEducation for Development approach could be a key in strengthening the cohesion and legitimacy of this set of organisations. The necessary faithfulness to the principles on which the NGOs should base their action leads to asserting that Education for Development need not be only one more area of action of the DNGOs, but rather it should be present transversally in all cooperation actions. What would be necessary is a collective, shared strategy in the sector, a good dose of enthusiasm, dynamism, innovation and cooperation among the DNGOs that would facilitate the introduction of these instruments, both in the large organisations and in the smallest ones,which lack their own individual means but which could participate in a joint effort.
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