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Governmental Support of International Non-governmental Organizations (Part #3)


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1. Membership

Two types of governmental membership support of international NGOs were distinguished.

A Membership was noted when the Yearbook entry indicated some form of direct governmental or official membership participation. The terminology accepted as being indicative of this was the following :

  • Government or State membership category.
  • Government departments amongst members.
  • Governmental delegates or officials in official capacity.
  • Governmental, semi-governmental, official or semi-official institutions or bodies.

B' Membership was noted when the Yearbook entry indicated some form of indirect governmental or official participation in the membership of the organization. Indirect participation was defined as participation through a body, which may or may not be independent of the government (depending on the degree of nationalization in a given country), but which normally receives some form of government financial assistance. When such a body is a member of an international NGO, it is clear that a form of partial governmental financial support is being provided for that NGO.

This category of membership was noted when bodies such as the following were indicated as being members of the NGO :

  • National broadcasting organizations.
  • Railway administrations.
  • Military health authorities.
  • National museums.
  • National airlines.
  • Patent offices.
  • Lighthouse authorities.

2. Financial Assistance

Two principal types of governmental financial assistance to international non-governmental organizations were distinguished. A third category was introduced to cover possible governmental assistance.

'C' Finance was noted when the Yearbook entry indicated some form of direct government financial assistance was being supplied. The terminology accepted as being indicative of this was the following :

  • Government grant, subsidy, subvention, assistance, etc.
  • Membership fees where 'A' type membership existed, except where membership fees were not a stated source of income.

Excluded from the 'C' category were the following :

  • Government contracts.
  • UN or Specialized Agency contracts or aid.

'D' Finance was noted when the Yearbook entry indicated some form of indirect or less clearly specified financial aid from official bodies. Indirect support was defined to include support from a body of the type indicated under 'B' membership.

The terminology accepted as being indicative of this was the following :

  • Grants from official or public bodies, including intergovernmental bodies.
  • Grants-in-aid, subsidies.
  • Membership fees where 'B' type membership existed, except where membership fees where not a stated source of income.

Excluded from the 'D' category were the following :

  • Grants from foundations, private sources, industry, municipalities, UN and Specialized Agencies.
  • Donations.

E' Finance was noted when the Yearbook entry indicated some form of 'grant' of an unspecified origin. This category will clearly include a proportion of governmental or official grants of the 'C' and 'D' type, but also includes grants from private sources. This category is only useful as an indication of the possible extent of government financial support.

The terminology accepted as being indicative of this was the following :

  • Grants, subventions.

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