Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)

Organizations not comprising persons in government, and not set up by law. They may have to be set up by a procedure required by law and even perhaps registered. They can also be thought of as organized civil society. Political parties are not commonly referred to as NGOs. In reality many NGOs are not free of governmental involvement. Organizations that are NGOs in one country, but operate on an international scale (often using funds from donors), are sometimes called international NGOs.