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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 folder3. NGOs defined
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View the document3.1 Diverse current ways of defining NGOs
View the document3.2 Defining ''NGO'' for the purposes of this report.
View the document3.3 Is ''NGO'' the right term?



This Chapter defines NGOs as organisations which possess four defining characteristics which enable them to be distinguished from other organisations in civil society: they are voluntary, independent, not-for-profit and not self-serving. Each of these characteristics is described.