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The Western scholars attach great importance to non-governmental organizations (NGO)'s independence.

Lester M. Salamon, a US scholar on non-profit organizations, describes NGOs as "private" and "self-governing".

However, some organizations with the above characteristics can hardly be considered independent.

Not able to support themselves financially, these organizations rely on others' money, and even play the roles of loudspeakers for some big powers.

For instance, most of the NGOs that are active in developing countries set up headquarters in the Western developed countries and allocate money there.

According to a study, more than two-thirds of NGOs are based in the developed countries, especially in Western and Northern Europe.

In the international community, these NGOs based in developed countries exert great influence because of their large scales and abundant cash.

Seeking big says on various kinds of problems, they air views on how to develop, how to educate, how to democratize, even on how to require and own rights.

But just as French scholar Thierry Pech says, "How can the organizations with gravity in the corners of London, Paris, Vienna, Stockholm convince others that they represent the global people's rights?"

It is not rare to see that the organizations born in Western culture try to impose the Western values as a precondition for aid.

What's more, the assumption that NGOs rely on private charity donations is not true either.

A study by a research institute at Johns Hopkins University finds out that on average private donations only make up 10 percent of NGOs' incomes, while services and commercial management make up 49 percent, and governments contribute 41 percent.

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