Non-governmental organizations internationally send approximately US $5.5 billion in aid to developing countries annually. The contribution of Australian non-government organizations is about US $90 million. The past decade has witnessed an increased interest in the work of these NGOs because of their perceived effectiveness in reaching and mobilizing the poorest segments of nations in need. But do they? A mythology surrounds the effort and is based on perceptions rather than documentation and research. This book replaces the mythology with information. It also looks at key issues related to fundraising, development education partnership and relations with government. "Laurie Sivetz has worked in the development field for fifteen years, in the United States, South and Southeast Asia, Australia and the Pacific. As part of her position with the Australian Council for Overseas Aid she provides assistance and training, and carries out evaluation and design studies for Australian NGOs.". This book is intended for students and researchers in development studies and social policy and welfare.