NGO is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is legally constituted, organized and operated on a local, national or international level. They are task oriented and driven by people with a common interest. 

An organization that is neither part of a government not a conventional for-profit organization. May be funded by governments, foundations, schools, businesses or private people. 

Features of NGOs

  1. Support democratic system
  2. Function on non profit basis
  3. Non political in character
  4. Clearly defined objectives
  5. Limited external control
  6. Voluntary character
  7. Wide operational area
  8. Positive contribution
  9. Need financial support
  10. Interest in long term projects

Roles of NGOs

  1. Create awareness
  2. Protect human rights
  3. Encourage rehabilitation
  4. Gainful employment
  5. Combat man made crisis
  6. Protect environment
  7. Change agent
  8. Support weaker sections
  9. Roles with respect to entrepreneurial scenario:
    1. Entrepreneurial Development Program (EDP)
    2. Counseling
    3. Development of infrastructure
    4. Support innovation and pilot projects
    5. Provide technical assistance
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