How to recognise an effective NGO

11/09/2012 at 3:01 pm 5 comments

For many years now, we in Dóchas have been thinking about how to improve the impact of development cooperation, and how we can support our members in becoming better at what they do.

We have written blog posts, developed codes of conduct, and established principles for Effective Development work.

And now, we have written a 2-page briefing sheet which addresses one of the most frequently heard pieces of criticism of NGOs – “Why are there so many NGOs?

The info sheet tries to set out in clear and concise terms that there are many different roles that NGOs can play, and that the members of Dóchas have voluntarily agreed to a set of minimum standards. It suggest six questions to help you identify what is a good NGO.

To read the fact-sheet please click here.

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  • 1. R Storey  |  11/09/2012 at 7:32 pm

    Consistent with the 6 suggested questions, I communicated with NGOs the following questions;
    As a potential donor, I am interested in your organisations work in Uganda. Please can you explain what you see as your mission in Uganda and how your programmes fit in to the goals you set?
    Briefly describe the main programme with its strategies and activities.
    Can you tell me how the problems to be tackled were decided and and any successes achieved so far.
    How will the progamme help in the short and longer term?

    What professional standards are applied in implementing the programme?

    What is the budget for the programme and can you give me some financial reporting on spending so far?

    What was the input of the beneficiaries or others to the programme and what feedback have you got from them so far?
    What is the key appeal message for funding this programme?
    How can I find out more about the programme as it progresses?
    Sent to
    Oxfam, Trocaire, Action Aid, Goal, Concern, Christian Aid

    None of the NGOs give satisfactory answers to all the questions and certainly inadequate to determine credibility.

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