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Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

Non-state organisations or informal groups pursuing a common interest or goal

A non-governmental organisation is, as the name suggests, an organisation that is not controlled by governmental or statutory authorities. NGOs can be organisations, charities, associations, clubs, institutions and other types of group, made up of people with a common interest and often pursuing a political intention. This broad definition would include human rights organisations, sports clubs and business-sector or employers’ organisations.

However, the general public understanding of an NGO (and the common usage of the term in the media) is...

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