Number of NGOs worldwide up to 2010

The statistic shows the number of NGOs with consultative status with ECOSOC from 1948 to 2010. In 2010, 3382 global organizations had consultative status with ECOSOC.

Non-governmental organizations

As shown in the statistic above, the number of non-governmental organizations, also known as NGOs, has significantly increased over the last decades.

Non-governmental organizations are usually set up by foundations or private persons and the organizations are neither part of the government nor a profit business. One characteristic is the charitable orientation of the non-governmental organizations.

The largest non-government donator in year 2009, which was the World Food Programme (WFP), donated around 2.15 million Euros, while the second largest non-governmental organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), provided aid and relief to the value of 1 million Euros in year 2009.

The United States led the ranking of the largest development aid donors in 2012, with an amount of 30.92 billion U.S. dollars. In comparison to that, Luxembourg was on rank 23 with 0.41 billion U.S. dollars.

One of the countries, which received the largest amount of aid worldwide in 2011, was Pakistan. In that year, Pakistan received about 1.4 billion U.S. dollars, according to the data of the Global Humanitarian Assistance. Afghanistan was on rank 4 and received about 771 million U.S. dollars worth of aid the same year.

A survey among Afghans concerning the misappropriation of foreign aid in Afghanistan, which was held by the Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research in December 2010, found out that 67 percent of the respondents thought that a lot of foreign aid was being embezzled, while 27 percent of the participants thought that only a little of the foreign aid was being embezzled.

Changes in the number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with consultative status with ECOSOC * 1948 to 2010

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Release date

September 2010



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Supplementary notes

* ECOSOC stands for Economic and Social Council and describes the organ of the United Nations (UN) that is responsible for NGOs.The figures up to 2008 derive from a statement of the Global Policy Forum. The figures for 2009 are from a previous version of the list of UN Economic and Social Council.

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