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A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W

Note: Numbers below refer to the corresponding tips, not to the page numbers.

A

abuse, prevention of

29

accreditation organizations

32

accountability to the members of an NGO

45

accounting standards and practices, common or generally accepted

54

accounting transactions or payments

23

advocacy strategy

93

anonymous complaints

90

assaults, public stunts constituting

67

association, not incorporated in legal form

1, 88

assumptions, testing and addressing of

55, 56

B

"bad laws", obedience and upholding of

66

best practices, written down

30

business operations, risk of engaging in too much

72

C

"character assassinations"

62

charities

3, 77

clients and paymasters of NGOs, clarity as to

59

codes of conduct

30

collected contributions, prompt deposit of

35

collective action

16

comments from the public or giving evidence before hearings

44, 74, 82

commingling of funds

24

communication of relevant information

50

community facilitation for a project

86

compensation or benefits for NGO staff

18, 22

competing for state money and awards of contract

73

competition by NGOs with developing countries for development assistance

70

complaints or critical reports, filing of before various UN commissions

83

complaint filers, definition of

88

control systems, setting up of

22, 34, 55

contingency plan

37

contracting of NGOs by international organizations

79, 80, 81

cost effectiveness

38

criminal and civil risks

60, 67, 68

cyber (online) presence or existence

2

D

debts and liabilities, no exposure for members to

6

deficit, running of persistent

49

delisting registration, notice of

12

direct actions which may result in criminal or civil risks

68

disaster relief operations, risk of friction with host state

69

disclosure of salaries and information of top paid officers

26

dissolution (or winding-up) of an NGO

28

document preparation in a local language

89

donation or grant, danger of promises not honored

75

donor base, source of support

43

E

eighty percent (support from)-20% (of donors) principle

43

empowerment for a project

86

experts, review by outside

46

extravagance, avoidance of

40

F

failed projects, writing up and sharing publicly of

52

feasibility of planned activities given resources

57

filings, unified and easy

10

financial crosscheck

19

foundation

3, 71, 77

framing issues in media-friendly style

92, 93

fraud

25, 29, 46

free accreditation/ monitoring organizations

32

"free lunch"

33

free T-shirts as walking billboards for NGO's message

99

fundraiser, commercial

41

fundraising expenses, reasonableness of

39, 40

full cost of an activity, capturing the

53, 54

G

governance meltdowns

25

grant funding

75, 76

H

hearings for taking public comments

74, 82

I

implementation of a development program

85

incitement to commit criminal acts

60

independent contractor or supplier of services to a commissioning IO

81

information comparisons across time and formats

50, 51

information requests, writing to resident office of an IO or right person at HQ

87

international organizations (IOs)

79 - 88

interviews with media, professional follow-up to

94, 95

insurance schemes

14, 42

L

lawbreaking, attempted justification for a higher purpose

64

legal knowledge and tradition

5

letters to the editor

96

liability for debts

6

local language, usage in documents of complaint

89

local or national aspect of an issue or story, finding the

91, 97

M

meetings or interviews, preparation for with facts and figures

94

media tools

98

members' liability for NGO's debts

6

measuring and monitoring communications success

97

minority rights, promoting greater

9

money flows, low level of

21

monitoring implementation of a development program

85

monitoring organizations

32

N

net assets

48

networking arrangements

17

not-for-profit foundations and charities, tax status of

72, 77

O

observer status before IOs

82

one-stop (government) agency for NGO setting up

7

online existence or presence

2, 45

open feedback page on web site

44

opportunities to provide speeches or training courses for IOs

84

organize, right to

15

overheads, wasteful or profligate

47, 71

overseas development assistance (ODA)

70

P

period contract arrangements

80

"pie-throwing" stunts for publicity

67

posting online questionable or risky material

63

preferential treatment or priority payments

27

prevention of abuse, waste and fraud

29

private donations for public purposes

71

proposal writing for obtaining grants

76

public liability insurance

14, 42

public purposes

71

public reputation

31

public rights, legal defense of

13

publicly-announced contingency plan

37

Q

quick registration or incorporated

7

R

remuneration options by international organizations

79

reputations, criticism or attack of

31, 61

review by outside experts

46

registered charities and foundations

3, 41

resources, scale of in relation to activities

57, 59

rights at international law

9, 13, 15, 83

risks, proper addressing of

55, 56, 67

S

self-restriction

31

simplified separate NGO or NPO status

10

small NGOs/ NPOs

21

special NGO laws

7, 8, 10

stakeholders, serving multiple

15, 50, 58

supplier of services to a commissioning IO

81

swapping collected funds for another purpose

36

T

tax status

3, 72, 77, 78

third party insurance

42

training courses for IOs, provision of by NGOs

84

training for grant fund proposal writing

76

retaining the trust and confidence of the public

100

trust funds, source of

4

U

umbrella organizations

17, 32, 78

unethical behavior of members or executive officers

34

unified filings

10

unincorporated associations

1

United Nations commissions, filing complaints or critical reports before

83

V

valid business purpose test

20

W

"walking billboards" of NGO's message

99

waste, prevention of

29

winding-up (or dissolution) of an NGO

28

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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