Grassroots Support Organization

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Grassroots Support Organizations (GSOs) are a specialized subset of Intermediate Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) that provides services allied support to local groups of disadvantaged rural or urban households and individuals. In its capacity as an intermediary institution, a GSO forges links between beneficiaries and the often remote levels of government, donor, and financial institutions. It may also provide services indirectly to other organizations that support the poor or perform coordinating or networking functions.[1] Martinez (2008) defines GSOs as development NGOs providing services and resources that enhance the capacity of impoverished communities and their organizations to build sustainable alternatives to their challenging life conditions.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carrol, Thomas F., Intermediary NGOs: The Supporting Link in Grassroots Development. Kumarian Press, Inc., 1992
  2. ^ Rafael A. Boglio Martínez, Grassroots Support Organizations and Transformative Practices, Journal of Community Practice, Vol. 16(3) 2008

External links[edit]

The International Institute for Sustainable Development(IISD) at Colorado State University [1]