Title: A sustainable development indicator for NGOs and international organisations

Authors: David Lempert, Hue Nhu Nguyen

Addresses: Global. ' Allingavagen 3, E 522, SE 22734 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: The article offers an easy-to-use indicator for measuring whether NGOs, international organisations and government policies and projects meet the criteria for sustainable development that have been established by the Rio Declaration in 1992 and that are recognised by experts in the field. Use of this indicator reveals that most of the major actors in the field of development are actually failing to promote sustainable development and points to the specific areas where they need to improve in order to fulfil sustainability criteria. We also offer a sample test of the indicator using UNICEF as a case study.

Keywords: civil society; consumption; development policy; environmental asset accounting; GDP; gross domestic product; governance; growth; indicators; millennium development goals; Oxfam; Rio Declaration; sustainable development; UNDP; World Bank; NGOs; non-governmental organisations; sustainability; internaitonal organisations; government policies; UNICEF.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2008.020376

International Journal of Sustainable Society, 2008 Vol.1 No.1, pp.44 - 54

Published online: 20 Sep 2008 *

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