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Examples include community-based organizations and village associations, environmental groups, women's rights groups, farmers' associations, faith-based organizations, labor unions, co-operatives, professional associations, chambers of commerce, independent research institutes and not-for-profit media.The term "non-governmental organization," officially coined in Article 71 of the newly formed United Nations Charter in 1945, states that an NGO can be any kind of organization provided that it is independent from government influence and is not-for-profit.The Global Journal estimates that there are 10 million such organizations worldwide. If these organizations were a country, they would have the fifth-largest economy in the world. Non-governmental organizations are developing in an influential and vibrant way. This calls for an urgent need of a resilient dynamism that put simply, civil society organizations can provide. By partnering with government, the private sector and international organizations – while still advocating for people's needs – the power, impact of and trust in civil society is growing. In Lebanon, the latest data provided by the of Interior Ministry shows 8,311 NGOs are registered in Lebanon.
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