The World Bank defines Non-government Organizations or NGO’s as “private organizations that pursue activities to relieve suffering, promote the interests of the poor, protect the environment, provide basic social services, or undertake community development.”
In the last 5 decades, it has been noted how there are more non-governmental organizations have been prominent and obvious in the field of community development than ever before, trying to fill in the gaps that governments either will not, or cannot (Shah, 2005).
Lewis and Kanji (2009) describe NGO's as organizations which aim to promote but not limited to social, political and economic change, in some countries government influenced the establishment of NGO's to play an increasingly influential role in a variety of activities which impact upon the lives of many people. According to Clark (1991) NGO’s are constantly assisting the government achieve its development objectives, such as public information, education and communications campaigns, or providing information about the situations and needs of particularly vulnerable groups. In this sense, NGO’s conducted multiple researches and apply this information to several dimensions of the community.
This paper aims to provide significant evidences on the roles of NGO’s in the community development in the Philippines. Further, it will concentrate on two major components of NGO’s contributions: financing and research.
NGOs on financing Community Development
Local NGOs have also helped shaped the community in simple ways. Like the Foundation for Integral, Sustainable and Holistic Community Development, Inc. (FISHCODE) an organization based in Davao, with a vision of giving substance and meaning, through participatory approach, the attainment of genuine social transformation and sustainable development has established programs that help alleviate the present condition of the poor by cooperation with the community people through provision of livelihood projects as an immediate source of income.
Notable International NGO’s like the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF), is linked in its advocacy on “Health Change Model,” which believes that the leaders—the mayor, the municipal health officer and community leaders—are the key to changing systems and inclusive programs that lead to better health outcomes of the poor. These health outcomes will improve if health disparities are minimized.
These two organizations are just two of the many NGO’s that seek to provide financial aid to the Philippines current state in terms of community development.
NGOs on Community Development Health Research
World Health Organization (WHO), has...