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The changing role of NGOs within international organizations, including the United Nations, the Bretton Woods Institutions and the WTO, with special emphasis on problems and prospects for NGOs at the UN.
NGOs pursue their advocacy goals through diverse means including networking, lobbying, conferences, use of the mass media, involvement in elections, and protests.
NGOs finance their work through a variety of sources including membership dues, foundation and government grants, sales of services and business activities like credit cards, cruises and tee-shirt sales.
NGOs are recognized for their role in developing innovative initiatives, programmes or components of programmes, approaches and mechanisms to address development problems and issues.
Many NGOs, with their generally flexible organizational structure and characteristics organizational independence, participatory structures and willingness to spend time on dialogue and learning are able to experiment on new institutional mechanisms and on different approaches that add value to projects.
NGOs deem active participation by the poor in their development process as an essential precondition to their empowerment participation not only in the implementation of programmes or projects but also in their conception, design, monitoring and evaluation.
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