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Issues NGOs deal with

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

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.

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.

NGOs deal with issues such as:


Some NGOs help people living in poverty at local, national and global levels. They provide aid to those who lack the basic essentials such as food, clothing, water, shelter and education.


Some NGOs help people who are living in areas where there is conflict. They provide aid/medical care, shelter, food and water. They may help to mediate between opposing groups.

Human Rights

Some NGOs safeguard Human Rights. They can help people whose Human Rights are being abused by providing advice, aid and lobbying governments.

Child abuse

Some NGOs work to protect children from abuse and neglect by safeguarding children's Human Rights and providing support/aid to those in need.

Mental health

Some NGOS support people who have issues with their mental health. They offer guidance and counselling.

Elderly care provision

Some NGOs help to ensure that elderly people are provided with quality health care. They also offer practical help and advice.

Environmental issues

Some NGOs work to protect the environment. They organise campaigns, lobby government and make people aware about what they can do to support a sustainable future.

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