NGOs, media and conflict: conceptual framework for WP4

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This paper present a definition and as well as a typology of NGOs working “around”, “on” and “in
conflict”. It conceptualises NGOs not just as principled actors with benign influence on conflict
prevention and peace-building, but also as self-interested and bounded actors that can under some
condition negatively affect these objectives. We expect that NGOs - for better or worse - are playing an (increasingly) important role in shaping conflict discourses amongst various actors and citizens as a result of technological, economic and organisational changes affecting news production. Following on from this conceptual and theoretical part, the paper formulates three basic lines of inquiries concerning NGOs as sources of media coverage, as media-like actors and as intelligence providers. We explain how these three lines of inquiry intersect with the overall project’s analytical dimensions of evidential beliefs, frames and agendas for action.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2014

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  • NGO, communication, intelligence


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