What is an NGO?

NGO = Citizens' action groups for mutual interests and objectives

Organisations, interest groups, citizens’ initiatives, clubs or associations – what is understood by NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organisations) varies from country to country (because of the differences in the legal definitions). Nor are scientific investigations always in agreement – how non-governmental organisations are seen in the public eye often depends on

a) the trust in the independence of the NGO’s from party politics,
b) the expertise of committed citizens,
c) many activities for the benefit of the public that are free of commercial interests,
d) and the recognised effort in making even complicated contexts accessible, understandable and applicable for everyone.

And in addition there are various other trends that involve difficult topics and problem areas that other organisations prefer not to deal with: