HOW THIS ALL STARTED

World NGO Day was officially recognised and declared by the 12 member countries (Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway and Sweden) and first time marked by the rest of world, UN, EU leaders and international organisations in 2014 – hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

THINKING OF ORGANISING YOUR WORLD NGO DAY?

World NGO Day is an important annual marking point for NGOs to celebrate their achievements, as well as allowing small, grassroots organisations to gain the recognition they deserve.

WHAT IS AN NGO?

The term “non-governmental organization” was created in Article 71 of the Charter of the newly formed United Nations in 1945. An NGO can be any kind of organization provided that it is independent from government influence and is not-for-profit.

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) — also often referred to as Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Charitable organisations, membership organisations or the third sector — are non-profit, citizen-based groups that function independently of government.

In every country, there are numerous NGO entities, from larger organisations, professional associations and chambers of commerce to small local charities, grassroots organisations in every city or district representing a multitude of interests, sectors and activities.

 

If NGOs were a country, they would have the 5th largest economy in the world.

Source: John Hopkins University, Center for Civil Society Studies

The NGO sector in Kenya represents more than 290,000 full-time employees and volunteers of which 80% are under the age of 24.

Source: Devex

80% of global citizens agree that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) make it easy to be involved in positive social change.

Source: Walden University

NGOs WORLDWIDE

WORLDWIDE

10M+
SOURCE: THE GLOBAL JOURNAL
INDIA
3.3M+
Source: Infochange
BRAZIL
1.8M+
SOURCE: WORLD STATISTICS
USA
1.4M+
Source: Urban Institute/Bureau of Labor Statistics
UK
165,000+
Source: Charity Commission

South Africa:
World NGO Day 2018

Expresso Morning Show, Cape Town

“On the 27th February, we commemorate the World NGO Day. As we were celebrating this day we mark the outstanding work done by the sector in protecting and respecting fundamental human rights. Marking this international day is important, more so as we acknowledge the role that the NGOs are playing in contributing to quality service delivery to communities and strengthening democratic governance.”

CELEBRATE:

Honor NGOs and the volunteers who give their time to help NGOs make a difference.

COMMEMORATE:

Acknowledge the hard work NGOs do to create positive change in the world and the inspiring results they achieve.

COLLABORATE:

Create greater symbiosis between NGOs and the public and private sectors; find new ways for both businesses and public agencies to assist NGOs.

The universal concept

The universal concept of the World NGO Day is Celebrate, Commemorate and Collaborate – the various NGOs around the world, and the people behind them that contribute to society all year around.

Celebrate

World NGO Day can be marked through local, regional and international events and projects to celebrate NGOs’ vital activities and contribution to society.
Society can take an active part in celebrating World NGO Day which will help raise awareness of this sector.
Potential ways for NGOs and everyone to celebrate as part of World NGO Day include:

→ Cooperating with local schools/universities to run a simulated World NGO Day events for students and pupils to learn about issues at NGOs or opportunities, from local charities to international movements.

→ Organising activities to raise awareness, such as sharing messages with the community via online, TV, Radio, newsletters or local newspapers.

→ Hosting celebratory events to raise awareness and funds.

→ Organising an NGO “Exchange” event to swap goods and ideas with others. Showcasing the achievements of NGOs through events or awards.

Commemorate

World NGO Day provides an opportunity to honour and remember NGO founders, employees, volunteers, members and supporters.
There are vast numbers of individuals who have devoted themselves to the work of NGOs in many forms, from those who offer a few hours of their time to those who have sacrificed their lives for a cause they believe in.

Collaborate

World NGO Day is to inspire people to become more actively involved within NGO sector and encourage a greater symbiosis between NGOs and both the public and private sector.

WORLD NGO DAY

MARKED IN 96 COUNTRIES, SIX CONTINENTS (2010-2019)