The NGO publication Traits d'Union Rwanda broadens the concept to `peasant movements, women's groups, churches, NGOs under the CCOAIB umbrella, and parent associations'.(11) Such summing up, however, is not a sociological analysis.
Its preoccupation is with buttressing `self-help activities among the displaced' and strengthening `the partnership between Rwandans and the outside world'.(17) Crucially, the Collectif recognises the legitimacy of other NGO collectives, including the network CCOAIB (Le Conseil de Concertation des Organismes d'Appui aux Initiatives de Base) which gave its support to the `traditionalist' NGOs allied with Hutu Power.(18) This is a strong indication that the Collectif des ONG is not as neutral as it claims to be, and that Chretien's reading of camp politics, while conducted from a distance, must be taken seriously.