The Rise Of Faith-Based NGOs And Local NGOs

With the proliferation of civil society actors, faith-based and local NGOs are becoming more visible in the humanitarian sector, increasing their financial capacity, presence on the field, and media exposure.

Faith-based NGOs or faith-based organizations are defined as non-state actors that have a religion or faith as core to their philosophy, membership, or programmatic approach, although they are not necessarily missionaries. While there is no generally accepted definition of faith-based NGOs, they are characterized by having one or more of the following: “affiliation with a religious body; a mission statement with explicit reference to religious values; financial support from religious sources; and/or a governance structure where selection of board members or staff is based on religious beliefs or affiliation and/or decision-making processes based on religious values.”

Key insights

  • Southern-based NGOs will be recognized as system leaders

  • Increased importance will be placed on the role of faith-based organizations

  • Humanitarian actors will become increasingly differentiated as local and faith- based NGOs dominate direct implementation of humanitarian programming