What are the main challenges faced by NGO today?

Last modified: August 15, 2018 by Priyanka K in NGOs | 4 comments

Why NGOs fail? What are the major challenges faced by NGOs? Almost all NGO might suffer from lack of funds, volunteers, lack of NGO awareness in a citizen, event and marketing.

It is not clear, how and under what conditions NGOs are powerful. Some are more powerful than others. Many NGOs are powerful for their technical expertise or analysis of actual problems and practical solutions.

Other NGOs may have incomplete opinions and provide to a discord of private programs that represent only narrow special interests.

In starting a new NGO, there are three major risks to avoid:
1) Lack of a sustainable and scalable model
2) Lack of capability regarding the target community and interferences
3) Changeable results and answerability tools

The researches record that the main source of receipts for the NGOs. It is self-generated loans, grants and donations.

Foreign funds donate only 7.4 per cent of the total receipts of the NGOs.

Most of the challenges faced by NGO has volunteered with good purpose but poor management expertise. What they necessary to understand.

Perhaps is that in today’s complex world, running organisations, whether for profit or not.

Here’s what I found :

The main challenges faced by ngo are as follows

Challenges faced by NGO : Lack of funds

It realizes that NGOs are facing difficulty in finding sufficient, appropriate and continuous funding for their work. So, getting a path to proper donors could be a major part of this challenge.

They find reaching donors as challenging as dealing with their funding conditions. They look, there to be a certain group of individuals and NGOs that control access to donor funds.

They have limited resource mobilization skills. Ther are often not looking
for funds that are available locally. Preferring to wait for international donors to near them.

There is a high dependency of donors. Current donors might shift priorities and withdraw funding. There is a lack of financial, project and organizational sustainability.

Challenges faced by NGO : Lack of Marketing

Some NGOs thought marketing is not a part of their work. So, they have not a marketing department. Some NGOs realized that it is very important to do marketing for NGO but they do not know how to do marketing for their NGO.

I find that most of the NGOs are using traditional marketing techniques like brochures, newspapers and television.

Also, they still lack the access to modern marketing ways such as Websites, Online Advertising, Social Media Networks.

Challenges faced by NGO : Lack of Volunteers

So, research has shown that over 90% of us want to volunteer, but only 1 out of 4 actually do.

The most common reason for not volunteering is lack of free time. Another reason is that the volunteer schedules and commitments are too inflexible.

Another very common reason is that people don’t have information about where to volunteer.

Challenges faced by NGO : Lack of awareness

Communication is key to the cause of charity. It needs to communicate more effectively to circulate the message to society.

The NGOs have to learn to communicate about their work with societies.

NGOs also realise that there is very poor communication inside the sector. The majority of NGOs have no access to regular email and internet connection.

They receive almost no comment on development issues and are generally out of touch with
issues of global, regional and national importance.

Their lack of understanding of the difference between the Board and Council is just one example of the knowledge gaps that exist.

Challenges faced by NGO : lack of Networking

Poor Networking was identified as the main challenge.

It is the cause of duplication of efforts, conflicting procedures at a community level. A lack of learning from experience and an insufficiency of NGOs to address local structural causes of poverty, deprivation and under-development.

Negative competition for resources also undermines the reputation of the sector and the
effectiveness of NGO activities at the community level.

As a result, there is a great deal of suspicion among NGOs, privacy and lack of clarity.

Many NGOs, large and small, intervene at community level without any community mapping and execute projects without due regard to continuing community initiatives.

Challenges faced by NGO : Lack of Governance

Almost all organizations don’t have a Board. One of the most reasons for that’s the problem to attract board members without providing them with some advantages.

So, having a management board is one of the simplest ways, to achieve smart levels of governance.

However, most of the organisation that doesn’t have a good understanding of governance. Also, do not suppose governance is relevant for their organizations.

Hence, some NGO manages their funds as a result of they pay the money according to the NGOs’ owner directions, without adequate levels of accounting and analysis.

Many other participants explained that it is difficult to achieve good governance with founders who wished to own their NGOs for their own purposes.

Many NGOs mismanage their resources, quite often with the involvement and encouragement of their Boards that eat their NGOs resources.

Finding Board members can be tough if you are not willing to pay them or provide
fees.

Wrap Up

This article is useful to understand challenge face by NGO. If I miss some points or if your NGO faces other challenges and you get an opportunity to solve them. Please feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear about them in a comment.

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