non-governmental organization

GC: n

S: (last access: 31 July 2015); UNTERM – (last access: 12 March 2013).

N: Nongovernmental organization (NGO), voluntary group of individuals or organizations, usually not affiliated with any government, that is formed to provide services or to advocate a public policy. Although some NGOs are for-profit corporations, the vast majority are nonprofit organizations. Some NGOs, particularly those based in authoritarian countries, may be created or controlled by governments. By most definitions, political parties and criminal or violent guerrilla organizations are not considered NGOs. The issues addressed by NGOs run the gamut of human concerns (e.g., human rights, environmental protection, disaster relief, and development assistance), and the scope of their activities may be local, national, or international. Some NGOs fulfill quasi-governmental functions for ethnic groups that lack a state of their own. NGOs may be financed by private donations, international organizations, governments, or a combination of these.

S: EncBrit – (last access: 31 July 2015)

GV: nongovernmental organization

S: EncBrit – (last access: 31 July 2015)


CR: humanitarian organization, intergovernmental organisation, international organization, organization.