NGOs - Beyond State Control

You hear a lot about "NGOs" in the media these days. So what are they and how do they operate?

The letters NGO stand for non-governmental organizations, but not just any organizations outside state control. NGOs are not organized for profit like private businesses, or for a hobby (like cat lovers) or for sports (like a football club). Rather, they are created to work with some serious issue that their members believe is important for the good of the world around them - be it close at home or far away.

Read more in Access to International English, pp. 173-176. Then do the tasks in the textbook and on this website.


Non-governmental organization (Wikipedia)

Worldwide NGO Directory

NGOs mentioned in the text:

British Red Cross

Amnesty International



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