NGO Resources

Working to end gender-based violence can involve a variety of activities. These activities can include lobbying for legislative reform, providing needed services to victims, gathering and publicizing information about violations, conducting educational efforts in schools and in the community, or training prosecutors, police and judges. In fact, the activities of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) engaged anti-violence initiatives around the world are as diverse and complex as the problems they are working to address. Yet NGOs also have much in common with one another. Most are situated in the "third sector" as entities that are both nongovernmental and noncommercial. NGOs are often dependent on fundraising of various kinds for financial support, rely on the contributions of both staff and volunteers, and struggle with the need to diversify their funding base. NGOs are generally subject to some kind of government regulation in their formation and activities.


This section is designed to provide organizations with resources they may need at various points in their development. Although it cannot provide an in-depth study of accounting or a description of NGO registration requirements in any individual country, it can offer an overview of material relevant to many aspects of NGO work in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (CEE/FSU). This section is designed to introduce various subjects that may be of interest, provide helpful information, and offer links to additional resources for further investigation.

This section begins with an introduction to the history of NGOs within the human rights movement and in CEE/FSU, followed by two sections that together provide an overview of issues that might arise at the founding of and throughout the development of an NGO. More specific sections on human resources, fundraising, and finding a donor follow. Finally, the section concludes with a discussion of how to use the internet to locate information quickly and effectively and to build communities of support.