a non-profit group or association organized outside of institutionalized political structures to realize particular social objectives (such as environmental protection) or serve particular constituencies (such as indigenous peoples). NGO activities range from research, information distribution, training, local organization, and community service to legal advocacy, lobbying for legislative change, and civil disobedience. NGO's range in size from small groups within a particular community to huge membership groups with a national or international scope. [UNEP] Many relevant NGOs attend the biodiversity meetings as observers in order to interact with delegates and press and provide information. NGOs must be non-profit and can include environmental groups, research institutions, business groups, and associations of urban and local governments.
independent organization which is not part of any state or interstate agency.
A non-profit making, voluntary, service-oriented/development oriented organization, either for the benefit of members (a grassroots organization) or of other members of the population (an agency). (World Bank). A non-profit group or association organized outside of institutionalized political structures to realize particular social objectives (such as environmental protection) or serve particular constituencies (such as indigenous peoples). NGO activities range from research, information distribution, training, local organization, and community service to legal advocacy, lobbying for legislative change, and civil disobedience. NGO's range in size from small groups within a particular community to huge membership groups with a national or international scope. [UNEP
A not-for-profit organization that pursues an issue or issues of interest to its members by lobbying, persuasion, and/or direct action. In the arena of international economics, NGOs play an increasing role defending human rights and the environment, and fighting poverty.
( NGO) An organization that is not part of a government. Private foundations and development organizations are examples.
A typical non-profit, non-official organization which is actively involved in the process of socio-economic development. The organization can be local, national, or international in scope. It relies mainly on donations or contributions (grants and aids) for their operation.
A category of CSO that is nonprofit, non-governmental, and serves public interest as well as possibly the interests of specific groups. The term is usually applied to CSOs that are formally registered.
An organization (often times a nonprofit) that is not a governmental organization but that provides services traditionally considered to be government or public-sector services.
This term can be used to mean any organization that is neither government nor business though it generally refers to those involved in environmental or social issues, whether they have a domestic or international orientation.
This is a widely used term for various organizations that are not part of government, particularly those focusing on development, environment and human rights. The term is not usually used for corporate enterprise, nor for religious institutions. The term is unsatisfactory both because the diversity of the organizations it could signify is wide, and because the category is defined by what those organizations are not, government, rather than by what they are.
This term is used to describe non-profit or voluntary organizations, often aligned with a particular cause (e.g. Greenpeace or World Wildlife Fund). Research indicates consumer trust of NGOs is significantly higher than either government or the private sector in Europe, and is moving in that direction in North America.
Any organization that is not a part of federal, provincial, territorial or municipal government. The term usually refers to non-profit organizations involved in development activities.
An organization centred around a cause or causes that works outside the sphere of governments. NGOs often lobby governments in an attempt to influence policy.
(NGO): An organization, usually non-profit, that is not part of the central, local, or municipal government.
an international organization that is not run by a government. Many international public health groups are NGO.
National or transnational associations, which are not part of the governmental/state apparatus, whose members (groups and individuals) are committed to the promotion of an issue with international policy dimensions. Examples: Amnesty International's monitoring of human rights; Medicine sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders) provision of medical assistance.
Any nonprofit organization which is independent from government. NGOs are typically valuebased organizations which depend, in whole or in part, on charitable donations and voluntary service.
An organization that is not a part of a government but may perform a role similar to a government department or agency. NGOs often work on social, environmental or humanitarian projects. Some NGOs are for-profit corporations, but the term usually refers to social and cultural groups that do not work for profit.
This term refers to organizations that are not for profit and independent of the government. Many Canadian NGOs carry out projects to help people in developing countries meet their basic needs, but they also raise awareness in Canada about development issues and raise funds for projects. Source: CIDA
The term non-governmental organization (NGO) is used in a variety of ways all over the world and, depending on the context in which it is used, can refer to many different types of organizations. In its broadest sense, a non-governmental organization is one that is not directly part of the structure of government. Anheier places the number of internationally operating NGOs at 40,000 (Anheier et al, "Global Civil Society 2001", 2001).