Non-Governmental Organizations or NGO’s as they are popularly called include groups or institutions that are either entirely or largely independent of Government and that have primarily humanitarian or co-operative rather than commercial objectives. These are private agencies that support international development organised regionally or nationally; and member groups in villages. NGO’s support charitable and religious associations that mobilize private funds for social and economic development of the country or humanity in general. They function mainly independent of any external or political control and aim at bringing change in a community and society they operate in. The democratic nature of these organizations ensures that their sphere of activities are not limited to doing social service but also extending their operations to socio-economic-cultural activities. For such reasons they have been also traditionally referred to as Voluntary Organizations, Voluntary Agencies, Voluntary Development Organizations and Non-Governmental Development Organizations.

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