A Study on the Role of NGOs in Creating Sustainable Development

Davood Baghaei Shima Ghassemzadeh and Mohammad Asadi


Along with government and private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) constitute the third pillar of sustainable development. Enhancement of sustainable development is not possible unless government, private sector, and NGOs work in conjunction with one another. Nowadays, in many countries, NGOs work powerfully and efficiently. A lot of social support functions such as helping victims of natural disasters and wars, supporting human rights, protecting the environment, and attempting to implement goals of sustainable development cannot be achieved without active cooperation of the aforementioned pillars. Thus every society aiming at achieving sustainable development cannot overlook activities of non-governmental organizations. It is impossible for a society to step into fostering sustainable development without laying the groundwork. Hence if sustainable development of human resources, science, and society is not based on its principal components, namely, empowerment, social capital increase, production of knowledge, reduction of poverty, and public welfare increase, it would be unwise to restrict NGOs.

Keywords: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Sustainable development.

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