ROLE OF NGO IN NATION DEVELOPMENT
Updated: Jul 29, 2021
AUTHOR: SYEDA ALIYA ADEEN.
Non- Governmental Organisations are clubs founded by the citizens and are completely uncoupled with government. According to reports, in India there are around 40 lakh NGOs which are currently operating. These NGOs operates in various sectors at various levels. Sectors such as Sanitation, education, health care, and nutrition are main concerns of the non- governmental organisations. The aim and objective are to eradicate poverty, provide quality education and bring about a positive change in the country. In layman’s language, NGOs are samaritans who selflessly work towards achieving a positive goal for society.
Unlike corporate bodies NGOs do not fixate on generating money, they fixate on generating a sustainable environment, help in development of the country.
NGOs are non- profit organisations and the big question here is how do the NGOs get fundings?
NGOs provide membership options to the citizens and corporates, hence they get their fundings through means of membership payments, corporate donations, private funds, and occasionally through government funds.
ROLE OF NGO IN NATION DEVELOPMENT
It is very apparent that the NGOs work uncompromisingly towards achieving a positive outcome for the society which leads to the development of the society. There are national NGOs as well as international NGOs. National NGOs such as CRY (child rights and you), Goonj, Pratham education foundation etc work at a great scale in India and international NGOs such as Green peace, save the children , Oxfam also contributes equally.
Although the path to success of such NGOs is not easy and fast-paced, but they assist the government in developing the country. The NGO and Government may not be a pair but they are branches of the same tree, they work towards the same goal i.e, the welfare of the citizens. The government designs various policies but it is impossible for the government to design policies for all the prevailing problems in the state, this is when the NGO steps into the picture and creates a helping hand to such people who are left untouched by the state policies.
The NGOs act as pro- socio catalysts in a country by accelerating the process of developing the nation, this is done by operating in various sectors.For instance;
1. EDUCATION- Today’s younger generation determines the future of the country and this is exactly why there are hundreds of NGOs working in India to rejuvenate and provide education to children. Apart from providing the education they also save hundreds of them from falling into the vicious cycle of child labor. NGOs such as Teach For India(TFI), Pratham and Make A Difference (MAD), Bhumi work rigorously throughout the year. These NGOs also conduct workshops targeted towards the parents (of vulnerable children) explaining why education is important and pursuing the parents to send their children to schools.
Educational NGOs also provide skill development, learning activities, and sports activities that would build a better future for every child and they would flourish in life.
2. HEALTH- There are numerous NGOs working round the year to revolutionize the healthcare system for underprivileged and disadvantaged elderly in India. Healthcare is an important aspect of the development of any nation. This has also been a great area of concern for the government of India and hence there are numerous policies that have been inaugurated through the years, but the government cannot efficiently implement these policies in every nook and corner of the country. This is when NGO comes into play, health care NGOs such as HelpAge India, Smile Foundation, Rural Healthcare Foundation have been working selflessly to bring about an organized healthcare system for the underprivileged.
Development of a country docent necessarily means economic development, it also means the welfare and wellbeing of its citizens. The healthcare NGOs are hence immensely providing theirshare of contribution towards the development of our country.
3. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT- Development of a country is a time-consuming process and it also burns many natural resources with due time which leaves behind very little to almost no natural resources for future generations. There are numerous NGOs working towards the cause of educating the citizens regarding sustainable development. Sustainable development brings about local empowerment and responsible trade practices are promoted which eventually also lead to economic development. NGOs such as Vasudha foundation, BSS India, Abhinav are striving to generalise the knowledge of mobilising resources.
The path to economic development or development of a country is certainly not an easy one. The key requisite for the development of a country comes from the empowerment of its citizens and the NGOs understand this very well. The numerous foundations which work selflessly contribute immensely for this great cause, but the author of this article also understands that even though the NGOs do an applaudable job their work is never acknowledged. These types of foundations gasp for breath as they have an only a small amount of people who are willing to donate voluntarily. We as responsible citizens should come forward and donate our time and resources for this selfless cause and in no time our society would be on a path of swift development.
Edited by Naga Om Siva Shridik , Junior editor, Lawgic Stratum.