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    A comparison of two nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or NGOs are adapting to their changing context. Provide specific examples. Include names of organizations.

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    NGO's: Wikimedia and KIVA in Context

    According to NGO.org (n.d.), "A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to Governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political participation through provision of information. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human rights, environment or health. They provide analysis and expertise, serve as early warning mechanisms and help monitor and implement international agreements. Their relationship with offices and agencies of the United Nations system differs depending on their goals, their venue and the mandate of a particular institution." As such NGOs are afforded not just respect but in many places where their services and assistance are much needed, are seen as essential. They are however not free from criticism as some have been accused of corruption, meddling and being unrepresentative so that instead of helping, they make things more complicated. The two NGOs below however have proven their relevance overtime as through their work, they have instigated social change in their areas of concern.

    Wikimedia - the Education NGO

    Wikimedia Foundation is an American education NGO whose main focus is to make knowledge free and available to anyone in the world using the internet. Headquartered in the US, they have chapters all over the world and have since their establishment expanded their main project, Wikipedia into becoming a global free knowledge phenomenon. It's best to explain Wikimedia using their own words:

    • On Wikipedia (Wikimedia Foundation, 2015) - "Wikipedia is the largest collection of ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) exemplified by Wikimedia Foundation and Kiva Microfunds. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.