International organisations

Most international organisations (IOs) were created last century to address global problems such as the consequences of WWII. They face many new challenges in the 21st century. Firstly, they were established by states to work on single issues. Yet now they must work across regimes and breach issue-areas like development and environment. Secondly, they must balance existing mandates with new issues such as climate change and gender equality. Thirdly, IOs must also respond to changing power dynamics as new emerging powers, NGOs and civil society actors, become influential players on the international stage. Finally, they must demonstrate their effectiveness and value for money to donor states who are under pressure from their own publics during an era of global recession. How are IOs maintaining their representativeness and legitimacy in this changing environment? This course examines how IOs are responding to the challenges of 21st century global politics. It focuses on IOs who work in  development, humanitarian, and environmental regimes.