Development Centre Studies

OECD Development Centre

1990-0295 (online)
1563-4302 (print)
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This series of monographs from the OECD Development Centre covers development issues generally and in some cases issues in specific countries. It  includes Angus Maddison’s books containing long-term historical estimates of GDP for various areas of the world.

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Facts about European NGOs Active in International Development

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Adèle Woods
02 Oct 2000
9789264187849 (PDF) ;9789264185487(print)

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NGOs have moved out of the "amateur" world in which they were once confined into, in many cases, highly professional activities. This statistical analysis demonstrates that there are thousands of development NGOs in European countries with as much as $7.3 billion at their disposal. Supported by a large number of tables and graphs, as well as detailed, individual country surveys, the author provides the first-ever such study of what has become a late-twentieth, early twenty-first century phenomenon. When the results of the study are extrapolated to OECD Development Assistance Committee members as a whole, they suggest that the total income of NGOs would amount to almost $16 billion, a figure three times that estimated by organisations such as the World Bank. Depending on the country, up to half of this income comes from official sources, implying that NGOs have become major partners for governments in the development field.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Description of the Data
Characteristics of the European NGO Sector
Financial Resources
-Sources of Income
-Income Concentration
-Distribution by NGO Size
Development Cooperation Activities
-Activities Supported
-Regional Distribution of Support
Annex I. Questionnaire
Annex II. National Target and Survey Populations
Annex III. National NGO Population Profiles

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