Types of NGO’s in India, types of ngo registration

Published date: November 5, 2018
There are many different criteria for classifying a NGO in India and these guidelines for types of NGO vary from country to country.

How many types of ngo’s are there in India ?

In India NGO’s can categorized into different types based on their size, geographic scope, thematic scope, sector focus and type of incorporation.

A recent news article that appeared in February 2014 in the Times of India confirms that India has one of the highest number of NGO’s registered in the world. Read the Article here.

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1. Type of NGO in India based on Size:

Based on the spread and resources , a NGO can be classified

    Large organizations.
    Large full time paid staff.
    Multinational bodies.
    Branch offices in several countries.
    E.g., Oxfam, International committee or the Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontieres

2. Type of NGO based on Geographic scope

The main features are:

    Take on both global and local issues
    Focus on specific country, region or issue

3. Thematic scope

The main features are:

    Primarily concerned with environment/ human rights/social issues/other
    Could be campaigning groups, watch-dog organizations
    Could be concerned with education, Emergency relief and Reactive priorities, or emergency prevention and proactive priorities.
    Could focus on single or broader, multi-issue portfolio

4. Classification of NGO’s based on sectors in which Non Governmental Organizations work :

• Age care (care for the aged/Older persons)
• Agriculture
• Animal Welfare
• Art & Craft
• Child Education
• Cities/Urban Development
• Community Development
• Culture & Heritage
• Disability
• Disaster Management
• Education
• Environmental issues
• Health & Hygene
• Housing & Slums
• Population
• Poverty Removal
• Rural Development
• Science & Technology Development
• Tribal people
• Waste Management
• Drinking Water
• Women

5. Type of NGO based on Registration / Incorporation

Based on registration a NGO may be classified as a Trust, Society or Section 25 company in India. Registration under different acts mean that different provisions and benefits will apply to the various organizations.

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