Strengths and Weaknesses of Ngos

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: What are NGOs? What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of NGOs?

The essay discusses what Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are. The essay also discusses the strengths and weaknesses The term NGO is usually applied only to organizations that per sue wider social aims that have political aspects. NGOs are legally constituted organizations created by people that operate independently from any form of government. It is not possible to give a universal definition Non-Governmental Organization. According to Kane (1990: 14) gives three criteria for the definition of an NGO: 1) It should be privately set up (not set up by the state) and Structured, and sufficiently autonomous in its activity and financing. (This characteristic is what ensures its Non-Governmental character). 2) It should be a non-profit making institution to ensure its voluntary or

benevolent character. 3) It should support development. (This is the characteristic that ensures its Public Interest character). Yansah, A (1995:16) puts it that NGO can be, “A private voluntary grouping or individuals Or associations not operated for profit or for other commercial purposes but which have organized themselves nationally or internationally for the benefit of the public at large and for

the promotion of social welfare development, charity or research in the areas inclusive, but not restricted to, health, relief, agriculture, education industry and the supply of amenities and services. But Professor Peter Willets from the University of London argues; “The definition of NGOs can be interpretated differently by various organizations and depending on a situations context. So he defines an NGO as, an independent voluntary association of people acting together on a continuous basis for some common purpose other than achieving government office, making money or illegal activities”.

In support of the statements above it can be said that NGOs are private and voluntary, they are...
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