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Factors that limit the work of NGOs

A NGO is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) i.e. a non-profit organisation that operates independently of the government. Some operate at a local level, while others operate at a global level. They deal with issues such as safeguarding Human Rights, preventing Human Rights Abuses, protecting the environment and other issues such as poverty and homeless.

The aims of an NGO are: 1. NGOs aim to improve the lives of others by bringing about change.

2. NGOs aim to influence and change the attitudes of people, groups, organisations and businesses become more socially responsible.

3. NGOs aim to influence those who make the decisions, i.e MLAs, MPs, local councillors and government policy makers to encourage them to bring about change.

However, sometimes factors can limit the work of NGOs in helping them carry out their work effectively. Factors that limit the work of NGOs include:

Lack of funds To help fund their work, NGOs need money and usually depend on donations from the public however, if they do not have sufficient funds, it is very difficult for the NGO to carry out their work effectively.

Lack of People/Volunteers NGOs rely on volunteers who are committed to the actions of the NGO however they are unpaid as they volunteer and so it can be difficult to find people who are willing to give up their time to support the work of an NGO.

Lack of supplies/Resources

Depending on NGO work supplies, they may need could include medical equipment, medicines, clothing, food, water. NGOs often face challenges getting support to people when they need it most. This may be because of refusal into an area, threat of violence or just not having enough supplies/resources.

Lack of facilities NGOs need a central space from which to work from, however the overheads needed for buildings or office space can be costly and eat into NGO funds.

Communication Network - Lack of listening The NGO volunteer needs persistence and determination to keep pressuring government so that they hear the message and can bring about change.

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