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A guide to information resources generated by and about NGOs.

What is an Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)?

 The term "non governmental organization (NGO)" was first used around the same time the United Nations established to distinguise between "intergovernmental organizaitons (IGOs)," such as the United Nations,  and "private organizations" and "non profits".   In general NGOs are considered non-profit organizaitons (NPOs) and  fall under the broad catagory of civil society organizations (CSOs).  "By definition, ... civic groups are nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), in that they are organizations not affiliated with government. However, in practice, the term “NGOs” is used to describe non-profit making, non-violent organizations, which seek to influence the policy of governments and international organizations and/or to complement government services (such as health and education)." (WHO)

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