The Roles Of: Non-Government Organisations

Non-Government Organisations

  • Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) are autonomous organisations that are not connected to the government. NGOs voluntarily undertake responsibilities and conduct activities to advocate public policies, and aspects of human rights in remote areas.
  • For marginalised communities, NGOs act as a voice. NGOs actively document and bring to light the abuse and violence that marginalised communities face everyday. They also push policy makers to enact laws to prevent these abuses and acts of violence. NGOs give communities a platform that helps them tell their stories to the world.
  • NGOs also partner with other organisations to drive community led initiatives that help marginalised communities get access to fundamental rights including shelter, food, health facilities and education.
  • Some examples of NGOs include –
      • Amnesty International
      • Human Rights Watch
      • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
      • Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS)
      • Lawyers Without Borders

Extract from Legal Studies Stage 6 Syllabus. © 2009 Board of Studies NSW.