Thinking of starting an NGO? Advice from NGO executives

Andrew, a survey agent for One Acre Fund, talks on the phone. Starting an NGO requires more than an idea and goodwill, NGO executives say. Photo by: Lukas Bergstrom / CC BY

The number of nongovernmental organizations has grown exponentially over the years. But as new NGOs are being set up, often at the onset of a humanitarian emergency, existing ones are closing down.

Kenya, for instance, deregistered more than 500 development organizations last December after failing to submit their financial reports. The same month, Invisible Children, the group behind the contentious Kony 2012 video campaign, announced it is folding up. A few months prior, two Irish agricultural development organizations finalized a merger to leverage each other’s strengths and efficiencies.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.