An Analysis of NGOs in Southeast Asian Tiger States

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Vorathep Sachdev


This paper analyzes Singapore’s developmental state/Asian Tigers ideology impact on NGOs across the ASEAN region. The paper starts by introducing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the basis for why Singapore represses NGOs. It then analyzes Singapore’s continued growth from a historical, post-colonial and geopolitical perspective.Part of the country’s growth has been attributed to its primary focus on economic growth and strict regulation of various aspects of the country’s governance, especially of civil societies or NGOs. This paper then explores paper analyzes the impact of Singapore’s action and influence in the ASEAN(Association of Southeast Asian Nations)region by comparing Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam to Singapore and examining how Singapore’s developmental ideology is encouraging Myanmar to silence NGOs as well. With this analysis, the paper argues how Singapore’s future developmental ideology has influenced the ASEAN region, especially Myanmar and Vietnam, to emulate its strategy and take guidance from the successful developmental state and subsequently analyzes the impact of this agenda.

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Sachdev, V. (2021). An Analysis of NGOs in Southeast Asian Tiger States. Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies, 7(2), 162–181. Retrieved from
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