NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations) are organizations characterized primarily by humanitarian or cooperative, rather than commercial, objectives that pursue activities to relieve suffering, promote the interests of the poor, protect the environment, provide basic social services, or undertake community development. They are not guided by profit making policies.
Indian Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can be set up under various Indian laws, and the different legal entities under which civil society organizations can register themselves are Registered Societies, Public Trust, Private Trust, Co-operative societies etc.
Since the 1970s, it has been noted that there are more non-governmental organizations than ever before (around 1-2 million in India) trying to fill in the gaps that governments either will not, or cannot. NGOs are meant to be politically independent, in reality it is a difficult task, because they must receive funding from their government, from other institutions, businesses and/or from private sources. All or some of these can have direct or indirect political weight on decisions and actions that NGOs make. But their policy of teaming up with grass-root level organizations to work on a particular social issue has brought assistance directly at the source level.
Milaap works with different field partners having exclusive focus on issues such as sanitation, water, education, energy from years back which differentiates our medium of connecting with the needy ones from others and also allows us to keep an effective check into the change the cause intended created into the lives of people.Milaap crowd funding India
With a wider reach NGO’s have brought a considerable change in the lives of rural poor by enhancing their access to education, improved sanitation and water facilities which has indirectly brought significant decline in Indian illiteracy rate and health related problems with literacy rate jumping by 9 percent from 2001 to 74 percent in 2011 and life expectancy rising to the figure of 66.8 years as of 2011. Besides this, NGO’s have played a significant role in creating social awareness regarding issues such as Child abuse, exploitation against women, Corruption etc.
Besides, designated as social welfare institutions, they have been criticized of improper use of money, not being instrumental in working for the issues intended which shows the need for more transparency in the functioning policies of NGOs, as a country like India needs such organizations and effective social policies to take millions of Indians out of the shackles of poverty. To learn more about you you can made an impact in an effective and transparent way, click here.