History shaping NGOs

History shaping NGOs

Today, especially in democratic countries, NGOs undertake the task of supervising and directing the current administration. For this reason, many NGOs have been established to operate in almost every area. It is obvious that they are being supported by the government. .Likewise, in order to make a better service, those who are in power of administration, regard NGOs as ‘indispensable’. They get benefit from these organisations in order to raise the awareness in the society if necessary. Because of these requires of state leaders and the value that is being given to them, NGOs follow a path for the benefit of society without any political causes.

Just as today’s societies, the organisations that can be described as NGOs in Turkish history, both have supervised the administration and played an important role in the construction of the society. For example the organisations called Colonisator Dervishes such as Gül Baba, Harabati Baba, Geyikli Baba, Bayezid Baba, Otman Baba guided the community , fed the poor, infused the spirit of solidarity to the individuals. Through the lodges they had founded they conquered the hearts at unconquered lands and became today’s NGOs. In addition, Ahi Organisation, a trade union organisation, both provided the protection of consumers by controlling the standardisation of goods, and prevented the merchants to be in need of Money brokers.  After taking the name of Lonca, they served as a political stability between the administration and public.

The most important feature of the mentioned organisations that marked history was they had no ideological characteristics. For this specific reason, thanks to their highlighted solidarity and humanistic services they had significant duties and played an important role in Ottoman Empire’s being one of the longest- lasting state of the world.

In my opinion, the main reason of the ideological structure of most of today’s NGOs are into is they are not serving as effectively as their predecessors. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, by stating ‘History is merciless for those who are reckless’ might probably have wished to interpret that those who are not aware of the experiences of past cannot divert the future. If the NGOs are being founded for the good of humankind, they should act for the benefit of the society not for themselves. The experience gained from history, will be a decisive factor in shaping the future. If the NGOs having the mentioned experience operate in accordance with their organisational philosophies shall have their place in history as their predecessors operated according to their philosophy.