Talk:Non-governmental organization

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Meaning of nonprevention?[edit]

In the introductory paragraph, it is mentioned that an NGO needs to be "nonprevention". I think that it would be good that this term be properly defined. Google Searching "nonprevention" does not return anything substantial related to NGOs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AvinashMeetoo (talkcontribs) 07:21, 14 July 2016 (UTC)


NGO is one of those rare definitions that come from what it is not, NOT what it is. E.g. what does it tell us when I speak of the 'non-metals'. It could be about a hobby, a cause, even a religion. That is all great but where it gets tricky is the political space, i.e. international NGOs that seek to influence the politics. The most famous is obviously the Soros organisation 'Open Society Foundation'. I am not comfortable with NGOs (other than political parties) pursuing political goals, which are then also disguised through sociology or home-made philosophy. They need to be accountable and transparent, from goals, operational methods to finances. NGOs seem to work in a space where they cannot be challenged or held accountable for their behaviour. 2001:8003:A0D2:A100:BD78:60F1:447C:4A45 (talk) 06:58, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

Definition[edit]

The current definition in this article seems really broad. I think most people would limit NGO's to those groups that have some kind of advocacy mission, either popular or through lobbying. I.E. country clubs, etc. do not count. For now, I'm adding this to the article. Christopher Parham (talk) 18:49, 2005 Jun 26 (UTC)

Here are links to two definitions by notable institutions:
UIA definiton of NGO
World Bank Criteria defining NGO
--Fenice 21:27, 26 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Improvement Drive[edit]

What do we think this article needs? It needs internationalising for starts - what is a PVO? It doesn't include charity anywhere and yet they are nearly all charities in England and Wales (there are issues around charities and political activities which stop groups like Amnesty being charities). I think the list is pretty pointless and I'd like to either make a new article or just cut it.

Can we find a good way of categorising NGOs? I know development NGO is a common term, are there any others? We need to talk about the breadth of the term and give examples from across the world. Secretlondon 28 June 2005 13:40 (UTC)

Development NGO's should definitely be listed under Purposes. I don't think categorizing NGO's is the best way to go in the prose since that is already done in the list section. I think a good way to proceed would be to differentiate between their different methods, like a subsection on lobbying, work in the developing world, etc. Christopher Parham (talk) 2005 June 28 16:57 (UTC)
I think the lists should be shortened and only the most important ones left in this text - there can be a separate article List of non-governmental organizations.
I agree with secretlondon - NGOs should be categorized, and the listed ones could be cited as examples. Development NGOs, I agree, is often heard. It also appears in the categorization (they call it typology) of NGOs by the World Bank. They come up with this categorization:
  • operational NGOs

primary purpose: design and implementation of development-related projects
Individual operational NGOs vary enormously according to their purpose, philosophy, sectoral expertise and scope of activities. A number of different NGO typologies exist. For example, NGOs have been classified according to whether they are more relief or development-oriented; whether they are religious or secular; whether they stress service delivery or participation and whether they are more public or private-oriented.(quote from WHO-site)
-community-based
-national
-international

  • advocacy NGOs (sometimes called militant NGOs)

primary purpose: to defend or promote a specific cause
--Fenice 28 June 2005 17:33 (UTC)

I have created subsections for "Methods" and I don't think it interferes with a typology.--Fenice 29 June 2005 17:14 (UTC)

The best way to organize the list section would probably be according to the topics they deal with: environment, health, refugees, food, etc.--Fenice 29 June 2005 17:30 (UTC)

an NGO has a majso distiction to it that an NPO does not. it's obvious that an NGO is a NPO. but not neccesarily the other way around~goodspeed The true nature of NGO depends on the structure of related project and its assessment. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shahbaz HKJ (talkcontribs) 09:54, 16 March 2016 (UTC)

Acronym[edit]

NGO is not an acronym. It is an abbreviation. QUANGO is an acronym.

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