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Archived Articles on Defining NGOs


NGOs and Civil Society: Some Realities and Distortions - The challenge of "Necessary-to-Governance Organizations" (December 1994)

An analysis of the debate about the nature of NGOs, including its political implications.(Union of International Associations)


European Convention on the Recognition of the Legal Personality of International Non-Governmental Organizations (April 24, 1986)

This European convention attempts to define NGOs and give them an international legal status. Unfortunately, as of December 2000, only nine countries have ratified this convention. (Treaty Office of the Council of Europe)


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