Procedures for setting up an NGO

Submitted by Tom Longley on July 15, 2006 - 4:58pm.

We recieved this note through our feedback form:

I am very much interested in creating a new NGO and working with my friends with this. So please let me know what are the procedures for making a NGO and all the criteria and negative points. Waiting for yourreplies.

What advice would you give someone starting up an NGO, and can you point us to a useful resource  containing the formal legal and administrative requirements for such a startup?

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Submitted by Paul Currion on July 28, 2006 - 4:15pm.

The procedure for making an NGO is quite simple.   You identify a need in your community or country, and then you work to meet that need.  That's it - you're a Non Governmental Organisation!

NGO Manager has some useful resources that can help wit the practical side of setting up an NGO - one of their recent newsletters covered exactly this issue.

Submitted by Tom Longley on July 28, 2006 - 8:28pm.

Setting up an organisation in some countries can mean getting through considerable amounts of red tape. In Yemen, for example, there appears to be quite a restrictive NGO law. I am told that NGOs must be a) registered with the government, and b) pay a $5,000 annual license fee.

Perhaps our question is also about what it takes to set up a charity and navigate the maze of officialdom that often greets startups when they decide to expand or seek external financial support. Do you know of an accessible resource on NGO laws and regulatory frameworks?

I can start off with a link to the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law's "Knowledge Centre, here

Submitted by SJ (not verified) on August 9, 2006 - 3:03pm.

What are you planning to do and where will you be working? Are you sure that there is no other NGO already in operation in that area so efforts could be co-ordinated? I have had the privilege of being party to discussions at strategic (Embassy) level in relation to international development and two things strike me:

1) that NGOs can be very poor at consulting the communities concerned - for example (true story) someone decided that acupuncture would be a nice thing to offer in an African country and went and did it. No consultation, no Government permissions, nothing. I'm not saying that acupuncture is not worthy - but it is telling that that by far and away the area for which we get most requests for funding from that country is clean water projects. People KNOW what they need - that acupuncturist and whoever funded them could probably have given clean water and better health to thousands more people for the same money. There may be prizes for originality, but how many people have died for their ego?

2) that there are a lot of well-meaning and enthusiastic people out there who truly want to make a difference. Their efforts and keenness could frequently obtain far more results through working with an existing organisation (and perhaps having an impact on that organisation's policy through their work) rather than re-inventing the wheel by going through setting up a new charity with the headaches of finding suitable trustees and fund-raising.

Research everything.

Submitted by Guest User (not verified) on September 19, 2006 - 10:43am.

SJ I found your comments on NGO set ups extremely useful. You mentioned you are in a favouable position with regards to International Development. As someone who is seriously considering either setting up or more likely supporting an existing organisation with regards to Street Children, in your experience what are the key funding requests from this sector?
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you

Submitted by alibaasit on September 1, 2006 - 7:06pm.

what web page should i design ?for an ngo

Submitted by Tom Longley on September 3, 2006 - 4:02pm.

Hi Ali -- A few questions to ask before setting up a website:

  • What kind of information do you want to present on this website?
  • Have you thought about how to place your website into a communications strategy for your organisation? 
  • Do you have a budget to pay for help in creating your website? 
  • Who do you imagine might use your website?
  • Do you want  your users to be able to participate in the site, such as by leaving comments?
  • Do you want to be able to update the website yourself?

 

 

Submitted by alibaasit on September 8, 2006 - 7:44pm.

ali introduction about basic back round and our mission statement and our aim and objections .
yes litle confussed about that need more clarity.
no budget at this moment .
yes that will be more interesting and open for improvement.
yes that fine

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