Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards
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Michael Edwards is an independent writer and activist based in upstate New York who is affiliated with the New York-based think-tank Demos, and the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK. From 1999 to 2008 he was the Director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Program in New York, having previously worked for the World Bank, Oxfam-GB, Save the Children-UK and other NGOs in Washington DC, London, Colombia, Zambia, Malawi, and India. His writings have helped to shape a more critical appreciation of the global role of philanthropy and civil society, and to break down barriers between researchers and activists across the world. Michael was educated in England at the universities of Oxford and London, and now lives with his wife Cora in the farmhouse they renovated together in the foothills of the Catskill mountains.


Bibliography Index:

- Other books by author

- Other publications

- Writings on NGOs and International Development

- Writings on Civil Society and Social Capital

- Links Between Research and Practice

- Spirituality and Social Justice


Other books

Edwards, M and Fowler, A (eds.) (2003) The Earthscan Reader on NGO Management. (Earthscan - Europe/Stylus - USA) Read the introduction.

Edwards, M. and Gaventa, J. (eds.) (2001) Global citizen action: Perspectives and challenges. (Lynne Rienner-USA/Earthscan-Europe).(Outline)

Edwards, M. (2000) NGO rights and responsibilities: A new deal for global governance. London: The Foreign Policy Centre. Available from Amazon.co.uk

Hulme, D. and Edwards, M. (eds.) (1997) NGOs, states and donors: too close for comfort. Basingstoke/New York: Macmillan/St. Martin's Press. (Outline)

Edwards, M. and Hulme, D. (eds.) (1995) Non-governmental organisations: performance and accountability: beyond the magic bullet. London/West Hartford: Earthscan/Kumarian. (Outline)

Gosling, L. and Edwards, M. (1995) Toolkits: A practical guide to non-profit monitoring and evaluation. Save the Children Fund. (Available: amazon.co.uk) (Outline)

Edwards, M. and Hulme, D. (eds.) (1992) Making a difference - NGOs and development in a changing world. London: Earthscan. (Outline)

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Other publications

If you want to find out more about NGOS AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE, have a look at:

Edwards, M and S. Zadek (2002) "Governing the Provision of Global Public Goods: The Role and Legitimacy of Non-State Actors" in I.Kaul (ed.) Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press

Edwards, M. (2001) The Mouse That Roared: We're Witnessing the Birth of a New World Politics. Toronto Globe & Mail

Edwards, M. (2001) Speech to the Stanley Foundation Conference on NGOs and the United Nations.

Edwards, M. (2000) Is there a Third Way for the Third World? Renewal 8, 66-76.


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If you want to find out more about NGOS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, have a look at:

Edwards, M. (2006) "Have NGOs 'Made a Difference?' From Manchester to Birmingham with an 'elephant in the room.'"(http://www.gprg.org/pubs/workingpapers/pdfs/gprg-wps-028.pdf)

Edwards, M. (2006) "NGO Accountability: Preface" ( http://www.amazon.com/NGO-Accountability-Politics-Principles-Innovations/dp/184407367X)

Edwards, M. (1999) International development NGOs: Agents of foreign aid or vehicles for international cooperation? Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 28 (supplement), 25-37.

Edwards, M., Hulme, D. and Wallace, T. (1999) NGOs in a global future: marrying local delivery to worldwide leverage. Public Administration and Development 19, 117-136. (Abstract) (PDF file) Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

Edwards, M. (1999) NGO performance - What breeds success? New evidence from South Asia. World Development 27, 361-374. (Abstract)

Edwards, M. (1999) "Legitimacy and values in NGOs and voluntary organizations: Some sceptical thoughts", pp.258-67 in Lewis, D. (ed.) International perspectives on voluntary action: Reshaping the third sector. London: Earthscan.

Edwards, M. and Hulme, D. (1996) Too close for comfort? The impact of official aid on non-governmental organizations. World development 24, 961-974. (Abstract)

Edwards, M. (1993) "Does the doormat influence the boot?": Critical thoughts on UK NGOs and international advocacy. Development in Practice, 3, 163-75. (Abstract)

Edwards, M. and Hulme, D. (1992) Scaling up NGO impact on development: learning from experience. Development in Practice, 2, 77-91. (Abstract)

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If you want to find out more about CIVIL SOCIETY AND SOCIAL CAPITAL, have a look at:

Edwards, M. (2006) "Democracy in America: Paths to Renewal" (http://www.opendemocracy.net/democracy-americanpower/democracy_renewal_4115.jsp)

Edwards, M. (2001) The rise and rise of civil society. DfID Developments Magazine, Summer 2001.

Edwards, M. (2000) Enthusiasts, tacticians and skeptics: Civil society and social capital. The Kettering Review 18, 39-51. (Excerpt and access to PDF file)

Edwards, M. (1998) Nailing the jelly to the wall: Civil society and international development. British Overseas NGOs for Development. (Click here to read)  


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If you want to find out more about the LINKS BETWEEN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE, have a look at:

Edwards, M. (2010) Could more women transform politics?(http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/michael-edwards/could-more-women-transform-politics)

Edwards, M. (2007) A world made new through love and reason: what future for 'development'?(http://www.opendemocracy.net/globalization-institutions_government/world_reason_4566.jsp)

Edwards, M. (2002) Is There a 'Future Positive' for Development Studies? Journal of International Development, August 2002, 14, 737-741.

Edwards, M. (1997) Organizational learning in non-governmental organizations: What have we learned? Public Administration and Development 17, 235-250. (Abstract)

Edwards, M. (1996) Development practice and development studies: Working together. Development in Practice, 6, 67-9.

Edwards, M. (1994) NGOs in the Age of Information. IDS Bulletin-Institute of Development Studies 25, 117-124. (Abstract)

Edwards, M. (1994) "Rethinking social development: The search for relevance" in Booth, D. (ed.) Rethinking social development: Theory, research and practice. London: Longman.

Edwards, M (1989) "The Irrelevance of Development Studies." Third World Quarterly. Vol. II. No.1


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If you want to find out more about SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, have a look at:

Edwards, M. (2003) The Love That Does Justice (PDF file)

Edwards, M. (2001) Future positive? Tikkun, August 2001.

Edwards, M. and Sen, G. (2000) NGOs, social change and the transformation of human relationships. (PDF file)


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