In a continent with as many competing priorities as Africa does, organisations that support socio-economic development at community level, whether in partnership or parallel to the government have a huge impact on the local communities they serve.

NGOs and other non-profit organisations play a crucial role in supporting governments to meet their obligations especially on programmes where NGOs are better placed to forge links with communities and households.

They develop organisational alternatives to State models of socio-economic intervention, particularly where such NGOs and non-profit organisations may be smaller in size, and located within local communities.

Through advocacy at different levels of the areas in which they work, non-profir organisations make a major contribution to good governance, on which so much else depends.