NGO. What is it?
“A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a not-for-profit, voluntary citizens’ group, which is organized on a local, national or international level to address issues in support of the public good.”(United Nations)
“NGOs have become essential actors in the social field, particularly in the fight against poverty and social exclusion” (European Commission)
“The Governmental and quasi-governmental mechanisms at all levels should ensure the effective participation of NGOs without discrimination in dialogue and consultation on public policy objectives and decisions” (Council of Europe)
“NGOs, because they are where no other organizations are, they meet needs that are so many times urgent, and they do good so well, are indispensable. So often invisible to most, but indispensable.” (Raquel Campos Franco, Univ. Católica Portuguesa)
“A large variety of NGOs are needed to impact community sustainability. Large organizations cannot meet every need even though they make a big impact in a broad range of areas. It is more difficult for large organizations to specialize their service to individual needs.
Small nonprofits can have a specialized and personalized impact both locally and internationally. Collectively, a large variety of locally-based nonprofits can do a much more specialized and thorough job of meeting human service needs than large government based social organizations.”(JETT PHC)
Civic participation (through NGOs) in Europe:
- A majority of respondents in five Member States (Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal and Cyprus) say that European citizens do not need NGOs;
- While NGO membership is common in a few specific EU countries [e.g. Denmark (61% of citizens), Finland and Sweden (both 54%)], most Europeans, in general, are not members of any NGOs or associations;
- 61% of women are not members of any NGO, vs only 52% of men;
- People who left education aged 15 or under are much more likely (74%) to have no kind of NGO membership than people who finished their education aged 20 and above (46%).
(European Economic and Social Committee, Flash Eurobarometer 373, 2013)
NGEurope aims at:
- Training a new generation of leaders of civic/associative movements
- Providing support to new leaders and existing NGOs.
- Collecting a set of good practice and role models.
- Sharing best stories of success and expertise from across Europe.
- Promoting green and social economy based on civic participation/mobilization.
- Contributing to social cohesion.
The Athens University of Economics and Business is among the partners of the NGEurope project and will develop a training package for social and green NGO leadership. Please find below some extra information:
A bespoke, modular (5 days) leadership training course that specifically addresses the development of management and entrepreneurial skills for the NGO sector…
While the full list of topics to be addressed will emerge from the research conducted it is anticipated that, at a very minimum, the proposed new training course will include all the normal leadership and entrepreneurship development modules like; (1) introducing leadership; (2) introducing green and social entrepreneurship; (3) creative thinking, initiative, self-confidence; (4) idea generation and evaluation; (5) testing and prototyping the idea; (6) communications and outreach; (7) funding mechanisms.