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Development ? Learning from NGOs in Low Industrialized Countries

To invent you need much imagination

And a lot of worthless inspiration.

T.A. Edison

There are two types of jobs in our world:

 a) Company jobs, it means: jobs in private sector, and

 b) Government jobs, it means: jobs in schools, institutions, etc.

 Most of these jobs give income for the members in urban areas; time is necessary to organize  the jobs: going to the office in the morning and coming back in the late afternoon. Between, the people have breakfast, lunch, tea time; the children are in school or wherever. Early in the morning or late in the afternoon,  the family members have to buy the things for daily life, etc.


Without talking about history and development, since the middle of the last century, more and more the term "Non-Government-Organization” were used, which we not discuss here.

 Active people were coming together to find a solution for their special part of life, beside a business job, beside a government job. Some of them have had a job in a company or  via the government and looked for a solution of problems in the local environment or community. Others tried to create an own organization to find solutions on another level, on the level far away from government and / or company, but using similar technics and knowledge.

 This is the reason for main problems in such NGOs, because they work with a budget, like any company or government. The employees have a right on  monthly salary, there is no discussion about the quantity and / or quality of any work.

 The NGO has also to pay for the active and producing members, but –in a good NGO- there is a way to find a way in the case of problems. For that, it is very important, that the members are informed about the goals and visions of the NGO. They have to react in case of low income,


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  then, of course, it is necessary that the income from all the members will be reduced. But, important to say this, the NGO business must work now and then on a cheaper level, but it must continue work, because: work is progress. Inactive NGOs are not helpful, give no aid – neither to  the members,  nor to the community.


The money, to finance the activity of the NGO, is life important, like the above activities,- but from where the money comes ? – NGOs, supported from companies or government institutions don’t solute problems, they only move problems from one side to the other side. What is necessary then?

 The NGO must have a direct income via the market, local or national or international. A product is the most important thing. It is impossible to create such a product on the green table, discussions in the environment are the only way to create such a product.

 Income via NGO-work will never cover the finance needs for the complete life style of a member and his or her family. But it creates additional income to help  the member. This is good and bad, you can say.

In case of low income via the one NGO the active person has an open mind for other problems, individual and common problems and, of course, an open mind for the surrounding, which is important for the intellectual power. In other societies this is a very big problem: if the people are full financed, they have other goals and visions and are like a ball in a game, important for different interests in business, politics, etc.

 The problems than are not coming on the side from the individual, they are also than problems in the big community: in the nation. They will have problems in the social system, in the production, in education, etc.

 There is a difference in NGO work in rural areas and urban areas. The big potential NGOs have in rural areas, because, they have a lot of unidentified resources. Never or very seldom the members from the urban culture will find the way back to these resources: it means not back to the roots, it means to use these traditional resources. Educated in the system of a city or urban area the natural knowledge and skills are lost for the citizens. The other problem is: the members of rural areas are influenced more and more from via, what we call, "city culture”. Via the media the knowledge about the life in cities seems the members from the rural areas as an ideal life, they move with only the virulent hope to the big cities.

 The result is more and more problems for the life in the cities, this means: problems for the Citizens and problems for the former villagers. One answer could be:

 The future is in the rural areas.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Pintsch and Dr. Senta Siller

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