A non-governmental organisation (NGO, also often referred to as a civil society organisation or CSO) is a not-for-profit group, principally independent from government, which is organised on a local, national or international level to address issues in support of the public good. South Africa has over 80 000 NGOs registered with the NPO Directorate of the Department of Social Development. That is a huge capacity for a voice of change in the country – which is what NGOs essentially are.
Task-oriented and made up of people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of services and humanitarian functions, bring public concerns to government, monitor policy and programme implementation, and encourage participation of civil society stakeholders at the community level. Some are organised around specific issues, such as human rights.
World Vision South Africa calls upon NGOs and NPOs to be a voice with us in:
- Education of children, families and their communities
- Health for children, families and their communities
- Protection of children from abuse, neglect and exploitation
- Ensuring that children and youth participate in decisions that affect them – in their families, government structures and even in parliament
- Ensuring that abuse of women and girls is stopped – now!
World Vision South Africa partners with individual NGO and NPOs for mutual benefit over a short-term and long-term basis. We usually sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU), but working together is not limited by that. World Vision partners with several NGO and NPOs at national, provincial, district and local levels.
World Vision South Africa is also part of coalitions, networks, alliances and collaborations for mutual benefit. As partners we endorse each other’s campaigns, popular mobilisations, we implement projects together and sometimes we fund-raise together to institutional donors such as USAID, among others.