Working Across Borders: Transnational NGOs



A specific type of nongovernmental organization (NGO) that addresses health and public health around the world today is known as a transnational NGO. A goal (and challenge) of a transnational organization is to achieve its mission through establishing and maintaining effective working relationships between and among different offices/hubs/centers located in at least two countries. [For the purposes of this chapter, we will refer to the organizations separate structures and entities set up in each country as the organization’s “offices.”] As such, a key characteristic of transnational NGOs is that they develop their organizations and business plans to be able to function as separate but coordinated entities in more than one country.


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I would like to acknowledge the Board of Directors (USA and SA), the staff, and the corporate and individual donors of MESAB, and in particular The Kellogg Foundation (Ms. McClure and Ms. Bates, the project officers) who provided a grant to MESAB to explore the issues and lessons learned of MESAB as a trans-national organization, with the grant stipulation of disseminating the information and lessons learned.


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