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close this bookNGO Guidelines for Good Policy and Practice (Commonwealth Foundation)
close this folderPart I: NGOs: what they are and what they do
close this folder5. A typology of NGOs
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View the document5.1 Why a typology is needed
View the document5.2 Component 1: A descriptive typology
View the document5.3 Organisational terms
View the document5.4 Main forms of control
View the document5.5 Location between government and civil society
View the document5.6 Level of operation
View the document5.7 Legal forms
View the document5.8 Links with parent and subsidiary bodies
View the document5.9 Links between NGOs
View the document5.10 Component 2: An organisational typology
View the document5.11 Organisations in civil society which engage in NGO-type activities
View the document5.12 Fraudulent NGOs

5.11 Organisations in civil society which engage in NGO-type activities

As noted previously, there are many organisations in civil society which are formed primarily for self-serving objectives, but may engage at times in activities which characterise NGOs of the type discussed here.

However, only when these activities are the principal business of the organisation and if they therefore satisfy all four NGO defining characteristics, should they claim to be NGOs. Nevertheless, it is difficult to create a watertight definition of NGOs which distinguishes them clearly from other organisations in civil society, for reasons which are discussed in detail at Chapter 7.