Many of those I meet think that NGOs are limited to charity work and philanthropy. Yet throughout my work with NGOs, I’ve realized that they cover almost every aspect of “industries” or “field of work” that many of the Private Sector cover, as well as those of Public Sector and UN agencies.
Here’s a quick overview of the list of “industries” or “fields of work” that NGOs cover:
Advocacy & Awareness
Business & Economic Policy
Culture & Society
Democracy & Civic Rights
Disability & Handicap
Displaced Population & Refugees
Law & Legal Affairs
Research & Studies
Training & Capacity Building
Thus, the next time you hear of someone working in NGO, I kindly ask you not to label them as “Charity Worker” as many NGOs are not limited to charity work.