Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)

What is an NGO? NGOs are non-profit organizations independent from government. The World Bank defines NGOs as "private organizations that pursue activities to relieve suffering, promote the interests of the poor, protect the environment, provide basic social services, or undertake community development" (Operational Directive 14.70). For a detailed explanation see Dr. Peter Willet's "What is a Non-Governmental Organization?". Examples of NGOs include Amnesty International, International Federation of University Women, and Greenpeace.

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Eldis Gateway to Development Information
American Council for Voluntary International Action
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NGO Cafe
Non Governmental Organizations Research Guide (Duke University)
NGO Global Network

Eldis Gateway to Development Information

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Called "the gateway to development information." It aims to share development, policy, practice and research. Includes 30+ Guides to resources on topics that range from Aid and Debt, Food Security, Globalization, Climate Change, Forestry, and much more. This site is also searchable.

Country Profiles
Articles on development issues.

American Council for Voluntary International Action (InterAction)

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Web site for more than 160 of the world’s relief, development and refugee assistance agencies working in developing countries.

Issues
Includes list of what organizations are working on development issues. Organized into Current Crises, Humanitarian Topics, Development Topics etc.

Library
Use to search their database of documents and press releases.

International NGOs (World Bank)

Countries and Regions

Write "International NGOs" in the search box in the upper right hand corner. It will list links to NGO activities in specific countries.


Europe and Central Asia
A comprehensive list of NGOs actively involved in Europe and Central Asia

NGO Cafe

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The objectives of the Café are to assist NGOs in improving their programs and activities. Link on NGO Bungee Jumps for index of NGO indices and resources on the internet.

Non Governmental Organizations Research Guide (Duke University)

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List of NGOs that focus on human rights, women and the environment but cover other aspects of development as well. Nicely organized into categories of NGOs.

  • NGO Activities Research Guide
  • Issues

    Geography


    IGO-NGO Cooperation
    The largest NGOs often have formal relationships (and sometimes official status) with intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) such as the United Nations. Numerous NGOs are listed, each describing their cooperation with IGOs.

    Statistics
    Access to NGO data on human rights, development, women and the environment, and more

    NGO Global Network

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    A listing of NGOs associated with the United Nations. Selecting "Links" will open a page of links arranged by category.