NGOs (“Non-Governmental Organizations”) are nonprofit organizations that work across different political, economic, and cultural systems.
i. Humanitarian relief and private-development assistance
ii. Interest associations
i. Participated alongside governments in first human rights conferences
ii. Organized to create a system of international contracts and agreements
iii. Socialist countries tend to distrust NGOs (they are “meddling”)
i. Fits pattern of “third-party government,” by which government delegates public tasks to private nonprofit organizations.
ii. NGOs favored (given failure of public sector) for sustained development due to
2. ability to reach grassroots
3. low-cost, participatory management style
iii. Empirical evidence suggests that the NGOs may not be any better at this than the national governments.
i. Lack of institutional planning
ii. Management of fundraising
iii. Financial planning
iv. Management of human resources
v. Headquarters/field staff relations
vi. Project evaluation and information management
vii. Administrative difficulties
© 2004 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 5 July 2004