A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a not-for-profit organization that is independent from states and international governmental organizations. They are usually funded by donations but some avoid formal funding altogether and are run primarily by volunteers. NGOs are highly diverse groups of organizations engaged in a wide range of activities, and take different forms in different parts of the world. Some may have charitable status, while others may be registered for tax exemption based on recognition of social purposes. Others may be fronts for political, religious, or other interests. (Wikipedia:Non-governmental organization).

In the new Global Partnership, Non-governmental organizations (NGO's) can play a vital role in giving a voice to people living in poverty, who include disproportionate numbers of women, children, people with disabilities, indigenous and local communities and members of other marginalized groups. They have important parts to play in designing, realizing, and monitoring the localization of this new agenda.

They are also important providers of basic services, often able to reach the neediest and most vulnerable, for example in slums and remote areas.

In a new partnership, NGOs will have a crucial role in making sure that government at all levels and businesses act responsibly and create genuine opportunities and sustainable livelihoods in an open-market economy. Their ability to perform this role depends on an enabling legal environment and access to due process under the law, but they should also commit to full transparency and accountability to those whom they represent #aaaa42 - Increased transparency and accountability in philanthropy (Addis Ababa Action Agenda - #a4a2030 - #pi9 ).

An NGO annual report is a good instrument for achieving transparency and accountability.

Read also: Report of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (May 2013).

Istanbul Principles guide the work and practices of civil society organizations in both peaceful and conflict situations, in different areas of work from grassroots to policy advocacy, and in a continuum from humanitarian emergencies to long-term development.


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