What are NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and What They Do?

NGOs are associations and/or organizations aiming social issues independently. These communities engage in activities which involve social areas such as environment, culture, art, legislation, women’s and children’s rights.

12 March 2022 ・ Author: Speaker Agency

The main purpose of an NGO is to watch the legal rights of the community it represents, to try and support the community economically, to explain the democratic benefits, to offer help in case of a natural disaster (providing the necessary equipment, getting medical assistance and supporting the search and rescue teams).

Formulation of an NGO

An NGO comes to life when a group of people in a community get together under the same purpose and needs, and decide to act as a body working in scheduled and systematic ways. Most NGOs work towards the goal of human rights being recognised and the possibility of a better life for everyone. Some of the NGOs are listed below where one can join and get involved in their activities to make a difference:

  • Workers’ unions and associations for workers’ rights
  • Religious societies and/or associations for religious education
  • Think-tanks and societies trying to spread and improve certain ideas/ideologies
  • All non-profit foundations, associations and unions
  • Chambers of commerce and/or artisans where the members are professionals of certain fields. These unions watch the economic rights of the members as well as organise training programmes or social events for them.
  • Political parties
  • Youth associations or societies helping the young to be a part of the community, providing them with a place for their hobbies and social activities

NGOs and How They Operate

It’s possible for all of us to get involved with an NGO to be a part of a solution which is needed in various different layers of the community. Following are the traits of an NGO and a person who works for one:

  • Some of the social entreprenurships and some NGOs operate on voluntary principles. Before getting involved in any kind of NGO you might want to get a clear understanding of your stand on volunteerism and your management of your own time.
  • NGOs work on social issues existing in the community where you can offer your services and be a part of the solution.
  • Each individual working for an NGO needs to be willing to co-operate with one another. Helping each other, people work with the warmth of this environment and you can be part of this if you want to make a difference.
  • NGOs finance themselves by the economic contribution of their members so that they can run the projects for the communities.

Purposes of NGOs

Social responsibility is the centre of the mentality behind NGOs and that is why these organizations design and carry out social projects both for the individuals and the community. Here are some examples of the activities implemented by NGOs for the benefit of the community:

  • Natural disasters might affect an area where the resources and the capacity of the government become limited due to the size of the area or the gravity of the disaster. In this case NGOs come into the picture working for the safety of people as well as protecting their property.
  • NGOs inform the public about the activities or the situation of the community they represent. They run informative programmes for the public which can be a place for you to share your knowledge with others.
  • There might be active public rallies or protests necessary to make a point where public interests need to be taken into consideration.
  • NGOs operate not only to make today better but also to make sure the future is better. Protecting the environment, working on water consumption, improving sustainable energy sources, cleaning up the oceans, reducing air pollution and educating all sorts of people from all sorts of backgraounds and ages about protecting the animals and the environment are some of the topics on the agenda of an NGO.
  • Educating the public in health issues, implementing training programmes with the help of professionals are some of the purposes of NGOs in the area of public health and safety. It would’t hurt to be involved in an NGO specialising in public health for one’s own well being as well as contributing to public health.

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