Non Governmental Organisations, or NGOs, as they are called in common parlance, are organizations that are involved in carrying out a wide range of activities for the benefit of underprivileged people and the society at large. NGOs take up and execute projects to promote the welfare of the community they work with.
NGO is registered in the form of Section 8 Company under the Companies Act, 2013. Companies registered under this act are all not-for-profit and charitable trusts. The only difference between a trust or society and NGO is that the latter is registered under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
NGO activities include, but are not limited to, environmental, social, advocacy, and human rights work. They can work to promote social or political change on a broad scale or very locally. NGOs play a critical part in developing society, improving communities, and promoting citizen participation.
What are the benefits of NGOs?
- They can experiment freely with innovative approaches and, if necessary, take risks.
- They are flexible to adapt to local situations and respond to local needs and are therefore able to develop integrated projects, as well as sectoral projects.