Non-governmental organisations, or NGOs, are legally constituted organisations which do not form part of a government, are not-for-profit and work at all levels to alleviate suffering by performing a variety of humanitarian and developmental services or to address specific issues in support of the public good.
Where an NGO is partially or completely funded by governments, it maintains non-governmental status by excluding government representatives from membership and from having decision-making power within the organisation.
Specifically NGOs are:
Not owned or directly related to a government, any other regional/local authority, de facto authority, faction, clan or administrative group, and should be independent thereof;
Task/process oriented and typically made up of people with a common interest to alleviate suffering and perform a variety of humanitarian and developmental services and functions.
Somalia NGO Consortium Core Values
Red Cross Code of Conduct
All members are signatories to the 'Red Cross Code of Conduct'.