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ADBI's 100 Tips 100 Tools for Better Governed NGOs

This resource is primarily for the members, managers and volunteers of big and small NGOs. People interested generally in development and the role of civil society may also find it a useful capacity-building resource.

It is a quick reference containing ten sets of tips and online tools on common topics related to the basic content of international and domestic laws and generally accepted governance principles affecting the civil society sector.

The collected tips and open access tools that follow are an update from NGO Law and Governance: A Resource Book, by Grant Stillman. That book identifies in more detail core principles common to a majority of the legal and governance systems throughout the world and distills from them some practical guidance for everyday experiences. It is available for free at the Asian Development Bank Institute’s website at NGO Law and Governance: A Resource Book.

While web resources from other countries have been sought to diversify the worldwide coverage, the selection is necessarily limited by the need for these materials to be in English, reasonably reliable and of interest to as wide a group of NGOs in different countries as possible. Citations of samples, model forms or precedents are for indicative purposes only and should not be considered as any endorsement of their contents.

A hypertexted finding aid and index is available here.

Some specialized terms in red are also linked to their definitions in the glossary.

A printer-friendly PDF booklet of this resource is available here.

The views expressed in this book are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank Institute nor the Asian Development Bank. Names of countries or economies mentioned are chosen by the authors, in the exercise of his/her/their academic freedom, and the Institute is in no way responsible for such usage.

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  1. Eric
    (posted 31 December 2009 / 02:29:09 AM)

    I think the main problem with NGOs is trying to chastise them from over-exposing themselves into areas of self promotion. I also think this is a real and overly prevalent issue which needs to be looked at as it sullies the waters for organisations which look to actually deal with issues of community development.

    I understand the irony of posting here whilst supporting an NGO but what needs to be said, for the people who are meant to be helped by these NGOs, should be said openly and in front of everyone who would take away someone's quality of life for a quick non-profit buck.

    I dont know the solution but I do perceive of the problem and hear about it all too often from people who have mixed with the wrong organisation. It's time to all grow up and deal with important matters in important ways.
  2. Susan B. Somers
    (posted 25 April 2008 / 09:57:15 AM)

    Governance of NGOs can be as difficult as getting governments to change policy in human rights areas, however, good governance is essential if we are to accomplish our goals. It has been somewhat troubling to me that there has not been more support for NGOs over the years in this area. Therefore, when I first "discovered" this valuable resource, found it to be incredibly useful and that it was free to all, I could not have been more pleased.
    Now we have to spread the word that help is near. Thank you for your foresight and concern that we in the world of NGOs don't always have the luxury of experience in this area. This will make a difference.

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