The Birth of NGOS

It is a little-known fact that NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) started appearing during the period of 19th century. Following the end of the Second World War and the consequent formation of the United Nations, the need for a consultative role for organisations that were neither governments nor member states was recognised. This was the time when the term actually started becoming known to the general public and started gaining attention.

Since the end of the Second World War, the NGOs have become increasingly more important to the global development. The NGOs have seen to be holding an interesting role in a nation’s political, economic or social activities. In years of drought or famine, the non-governmental organisations have been pivotal in providing food to those most marginalised. NGOs often provide services to the developing world, which in developed countries governmental institutions would provide.

A research conducted in the year 2001 showed that there were around 40,000 internationally operating NGOs. However this number does not include national NGOs, of which there can be several hundred thousand in a single country. Several other NGOs work by themselves, unassisted by any international organizations, mainly in case of the developing countries. The UNDPI (United Nations Department of Public Information) works in close cooperation with national governments, NGOs and other international organizations. As time passes by it has been noticed that in the developing world, the role of NGOs is really critical. Several NGOs have been working together all over the world, also in India, NGOs like CRY have been found to be working with various NGOs in India, and doing its best to help make India a better place.