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Links to websites of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)


This UNITAR/DFM webpage aims at providing the visitor a listing of selected Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) which are active and involved in the field of debt and poverty reduction as well as sustainable development issues pertaining to Africa. UNITAR provides these links solely for research and educational purposes and with the aim of broadening the understanding and contact base of its target constituency, that is, government officials from developing countries and economies in transition. Currently, this section contains links to 92 NGOs.

This is not an exhaustive listing of NGOs. In case you happen to know of other NGOs which are working in debt and poverty reduction issues, please email us with the requisite information at DFMinfo@unitar.org. The UNITAR/DFM team will try its best to keep this list current and updated.

We hope that this listing is useful to you.

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Action Canada for Population and Development (Canada)

Canadian NGO whose main goal is to encourage the Canadian Government to meet its commitments made in the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994.
http://www.acpd.ca/
Email: info@acpd.ca

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Forum de Delphes (France)
French organisation with a more philosophical approach to North-South and East-West issues than the average NGO.
http://www.forumdedelphes.com
Email: delphes@wanadoo.fr
 
   
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Action for Southern Africa (United Kingdom)
By trying to influence decision-makers ACTSA works for peace, democracy and development in the Southern African Region.
http://www.actsa.org/
Email: actsa@actsa.org


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Forum on Debt and Development (Netherlands)

FONDAD is an independent Policy Research Centre and a Forum for international discussion.

http://www.fondad.org/
E-mail: a.bulnes@fondad.org
 
   
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Africa Action (United States)

A national organization that works for political, social and economic justice in Africa.
http://www.africaaction.org/
E-mail: africaaction@igc.org
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Forum Syd (Sweden)
Network consisting of 160 Swedish organizations all working towards global justice and sustainable development.
http://www.forumsyd.se/
E-mail: forum.syd@forumsyd.se

 
   
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Africa Center (United Kingdom)
Africa Center aims to promote a positive awareness of Africa as well as supporting African development aspirations.
http://www.africacentre.org.uk/
E-mail: africacentre@gn.apc.org
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Freedominfo.org

Runs the IFTI-watch campaign whose aim is to monitor the major international institutions.
http://www.freedominfo.org
Email: email@freedominfo.org

 
   
 

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African Foundation
African Foundation (Farmapu-Inter & Cecotrap-Rcogl), is an African based International NGO working in the field of Sustainable Development, including Poverty Reduction, Financing for Development, Trade and Enrvironment.
http://www.farmapu.org
E-mail: hkirongozi@yahoo.fr

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Friends of the Earth International

Friends of the Earth International, is a federation of autonomous environmental organizations from all over the world. The member organizations, in 68 countries, campaign on the most urgent environmental and social and economic issues.
http://www.foei.org/index.php
E-mail: Not Available
 
   
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Afrodad
A civil African Organization based in Zimbabwe whose desire is to see a lasting solution to Africa's debt problem and its negative impact on development.
http://www.afrodad.org/
Email: afrodad@afrodad.co.zw
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Halifax Initiative (Canada)
Halifax Initiative is a coalition of development, environment, labour, human rights and faith groups working to change the international financial system and its institutions.
http://www.halifaxinitiative.org
Email:info@halifaxinitiative.org

 
   
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Agir Ici (France)

French network working to improve living conditions in the south by appealing to politicians, companies and institutions through public opinion campaigns.
http://www.agirici.org
Email: agirici@agirici.org
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Instituto de Tercer Mundo (Uruguay)
Uruguayan NGO working both nationally and internationally with questions such as democracy and civil society issues, human rights issues, and other problems affecting the Third World. They act trough education, communication and information directed mainly to the civil society.
http://www.item.org.uy
Email: item@item.org.uy
 
   
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AGONET (Angola)
Angolan NGO supported by "Development Workshop". Aims to increase the capacity of non-profit, civic and development organizations in Angola.
http://www.angonet.org/
E-mail: webmaster@angonet.org
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InterAction (United States)
The largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian NGOs.
http://www.interaction.org/
E-mail: ia@interaction.org
 
   
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Aksjon Slett U-landsgjelda (Norway)
Norwegian network whose main aim is Third World Debt cancellation.
http://www.slettgjelda.no/englishsummary.htm
E-mail: slug@forumfor.no
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Inter Africa Group (Ethiopia)
Ethiopian NGO working on the African Horn within three thematic areas: Humanitarianism and Peace-building; Economic Reforms, Governance and Democratic Development.
http://www.interafrica.org
Email: iag@telecom.net.et
 
   
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Alternative Information and Development Centre (South Africa)

AiDC works in the context of globalisation, together with organisations and social movements in South and Southern Africa
http://aidc.org.za
Email: info@aidc.org.za
 

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Interafrican Union for Human Rights (IUHR) (Burkina Faso)
IUHR directs its efforts towards the defence, protection and promotion of human rights in Africa
http://www.uidh.org
Email:uidh@fasonet.bf

 

 
   
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Arab NGO Network for Development

Network of Arabic NGOs and national movements. It aims to empower Arab societies and to strengthen the concepts democracy, civil society, sustainable human development, and social justice.
http://www.annd.org
Email: annd@cyberia.net.lb
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International Development and Research Centre (Canada)
IDRC is a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help developing countries find long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems. They have offices in Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Singapore, and Uruguay
http://www.idrc.ca
E-mail: Not Available
         
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Arena (New Zealand)
Network supporting the international "Drop the Debt" Campaign, and working against globalization.
http://www.arena.org.nz/
E-mail: arena.nz@clear.net.nz
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International Development Exchange (United States)
Through partnering with local organizations in seven countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, IDE supports social change and the creation of economic independence for the poor.
http://www.idex.org/
E-mail: info@idex.org

 
   
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Association Internationale de Techniciens, Experts et Chercheurs (France)

Network that aims to identify and develop issues important to third world such as Third World Debt and other Development Policies, as well as relations between North and South. Also wants to act as an expert group for other NGO's
http://www.globenet.org/aitec
Email: aitec@globenet.org
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International NGO Campaign on Export Credit Agencies (United States)

Wants to reform the export credit agencies that provide government backed loans, guarantees and insurance for overseas business in developing countries.
http://www.eca-watch.org
Email: info@eca-watch.org
 
   
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Attac International
International network campaigning for an international tax on currency speculation, Third World debt cancellation, reformation of the WTO, and more generally, against financial globalization.
http://attac.org/
E-mail: webmaster@attac.org
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International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (Indonesia)

NGO with offices in Indonesia, Belgium and Japan working for democracy and economic and social development in Indonesia.
http://www.infid.be
Email: infid@infid.be (Belgium office)
 
   
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Australian Council for Overseas Aid (Australia)

ACFOA is a network of Australian NGOs. Their main aims are to coordinate NGOs and monitor and lobby for a better Australian governments development assistance.
http://www.acfoa.asn.au
Email: main@acfoa.asn.au
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Jubilee Debt Campaign
(United Kingdom)

Part of the Jubilee network campaigning for the cancellation of debt for poor countries.
http://www.jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk/
E-mail: ashok@jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk
 
   
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Bank Information Center (USA)

NGO that provides information and strategic support to other NGOs and social movements throughout the world on the projects, policies and practices of the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks. BIC advocates for greater transparency, accountability and citizen participation at the Multilateral Development Banks.
http://www.bicusa.org
Email: info@bicusa.org
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Jubilee Research (United Kingdom)
Provides research, news and data on international debt and finance. Part of the Jubilee network.
http://www.jubileeplus.org
E-mail: info.jubilee@neweconomics.org
 
   
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Berne Declaracion (Switzerland)
Through research, public education and advocacy work, Berne Declaracion promotes more equitable, sustainable and democratic North-South relations.
http://www.evb.ch
Email: info@evb.ch
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Jubilee South (United Kingdom)
Radical British organization that wants to put the Third World debt problem into a broader political context.
http://www.jubileesouth.org/
E-mail: Not Available
 
   
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Bretton Woods Project (United Kingdom)

The Bretton Woods Project aims to monitor and influence the work and initiatives of the IMF and World Bank.
http://www.brettonwoodsproject.org/
Email: info@brettonwoodsproject.org
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Jubilee USA Network (United States)
US network for debt cancellation. Part of the international Jubilee Campaign.
http://www.jubileeusa.org/
E-mail: coord@j2000usa.org
 
   
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Broederlijk Delen (Belgium)

Christian movement working with rural development and farming related issues in the South. The main part of their work is done in the South but they also act through education and campaigning in Belgium.
http://www.broederlijkdelen.be/nl/index.shtml
Email: broederlijkdelen@broederlijkdelen.be
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Jubilee Zambia (Zambia)
National movement campaigning for the total cancellation of all of Zambia's foreign debt and that of other poor countries.
http://www.jctr.org.zm/jubilee-zambia.htm
E-mail: debtjctr@zamnet.zm

 
   
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Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale (Italy)

Italian NGO working towards the change of policies and practices of the World Bank (only in Italian)
http://www.crbm.org
Email: info@crbm.org
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KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives (Canada)

Coalition of Canadian churches working for, among other issues, global economic justice.
http://www.kairoscanada.org/
E-mail: info@kairoscanada.org
 
   
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CARE

International organization fighting global poverty.
http://www.care.org/
E-mail: Not Available

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KERI (Finland)
NGO aiming to bring aid, development assistance and training to the disabled, displaced and poor in West Africa, as well as develop the co-operation between Scandinavian and West African countries.
http://www.keri.fi/en
Email: helsinki.keri@nic.fi
 
   
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Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs (United States)

Conducts research and hold educational programs on many areas of international affairs.
http://www.cceia.org/
E-mail: info@cceia.org

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Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (Denmark)

Danish organisation combining development assistance with both political lobbyism and development projects.
http://www.ms.dk/uk/
E-mail: ms@ms.dk
 
   
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Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (United Kingdom)

Catholic charity that fights Third World poverty through long-term development work and emergency help in the Third World, as well as education, policy reports and campaigns.
http://www.cafod.org.uk/
email: hqcafod@cafod.org.uk
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New Economics Foundation
(Great Britain)

The aim of NEF is to find innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues, especially North-South related.
http://www.neweconomics.org
Email: info@neweconomics.org
 
   
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CEE Bank Watch Organization

Czech based network whose aim is to monitor activities of International Financial Institutions in Central and Middle Europe, and to propose constructive alternatives to their policies and projects.
http://www.bankwatch.org
Email: activebankwatchers@bankwatch.org

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Odious Debt (Canada)

Part of global movement believing that debt not created in the interest of the state should not be an obligation for a country.
http://www.odiousdebts.org/
E-mail: odiousdebts@e-p-r-f.org
 
   
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Center for Alternative Development Strategies (Sierra Leone)
Working with alternative development projects and education in Sierra Leone.
http://www.cads-sierraleone.org/
E-mail: CadsIntlPrograms@aol.com
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One World Trust (Great Britain)
One World Trusts ultimate goal is a world government. They believe a world government can be established through reforms of the United Nations, global institutions and international law. One World Trust works to achieve its aims through education and research projects.
http://www.oneworldtrust.org
Email: owt@parliament.uk
 
   
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Center of Concern (United States)

Center of Concern has existed for over 30 years. They analyze global issues and run projects from an ethical perspective based on Catholic Social Teaching.
http://www.coc.org
Email: coc@coc.org

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Oxfam International
Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.
http://www.oxfam.org/eng/
Email: information@oxfaminternational.org
 
   
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Centro de Estudios Internacionales (Nicaragua)
Offers (short) electronic publications on a number of international issues, including globalization and foreign debt.
http://www.ceinicaragua.org.ni
Email: cei@ibw.org.ni

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Partnership Management and Support Programme (Cameroon)
NGO working with capacity building and training in issues such as sustainable development and third world debt.
http://www.wagne.net/partners
Email: partners@wagne.net
 
   
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Choike (Uruguay)

Choike is a portal and a platform for southern NGOs and Networks. It has a southern NGO directory and a NGO search engine. Choice is a project of Instituto de Tercer Mundo in Uruguay.
http://www.choike.org
Email: info@choike.org

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Probe International (Canada)
Wants to hold accountable government agencies such as the Canadian International Development Agency, the Export Development Corporation, and the World Bank, as well as Canadian corporations, for damages they inflict on developing nations.
http://www.probeinternational.org
Email: PatriciaAdams@nextcity.com
 
   
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Christian Aid
Agency of churches in the UK and Ireland fighting poverty in the Third World with education, lobbying and by raising awareness in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
http://www.christian-aid.org.uk/
E-mail: info@christian-aid.org
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RedBancos
Latin American and Caribbean NGO Network on Multilateral Development Banks whose main objective is raise awareness of the policies of and protests the World Bank.
http://www.chasque.net/frontpage/redbancos
Email:redbanco@chasque.apc.org
 
   
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Citizens Network on Essential Services (United States)

Works to democratize national and global governance, especially the influence global institutions such as IMF, WTO and the World Bank, and Multilateral Corporations, have over developing countries domestic policies.
http://www.servicesforall.org
Email: Office@servicesforall.org

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Rede Brasil (Brazil)
(In Portugeese)
http://www.redebrasil.inf.br
E-mail: Not Available
 
   
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Comité pour l'Annulation de la Dette du Tiers-monde (France)
COCAD's main focus is the Third World Debt and the aim is of the organisation is the cancellation of all external public debt in third world countries. To break the spiral of deeper and deeper indebtedness they also want to set up models for socially fair and environmentally sustainable development
http://users.skynet.be/cadtm
Email: cadtm@skynet.be

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Social Justice Committee (Canada)

Campaigns for global economical issues like debt cancellation, and human rights and ecological issues in the Third World. They also have a good "urgent action" section where global or Third World problems needing urgent action are listed.
http://www.s-j-c.net/
Email: sjc@web.ca
 
   
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CorpWatch (United States)
CorpWatch main goal is to counter corporate-led globalization through education, network-building and activism.
http://www.corpwatch.org/
Email: corpwatch@corpwatch.org
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Social Watch
Social Watch is an international NGO network monitoring poverty eradication and gender equality. Hosted by Instituto de Tercer Mundo in Uruguay.
http://www.socwatch.org.uy
Email: socwatch@socialwatch.org
 
   
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Debt and Developmet Coalition Ireland (Ireland)

The Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) is composed of organisations and individuals who share a deep concern about the debt crisis and a commitment to work together for an effective, fair and speedy solution to the crisis.
http://www.debtireland.org/
E-mail: ddc@connect.ie
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Southern Links
Campaign on economic issues, like debt, environment and global trade affecting the world's poorest people.
http://www.southernlinks.org/
E-mail: enquiry@southernlinks.org
 
   
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Debt and Poverty Network (Japan)
Japanese organization connected to the global Jubilee Network.
http://www.eco-link.org/jubilee/top-en.html

E-mail: parc@jca.apc.org
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Structural Adjustment Participatory Review International Network
Conducts research and educates on economical issues affecting developing countries. Wants to present an alternative to the policies of the World Bank Group and the IMF.
http://www.saprin.org/
E-mail: secretariat@saprin.org
 
   
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Debt Channel
DebtChannel.org is a portal which brings together organisations and audiences concerned by the current debate around the debt issue.
http://www.debtchannel.org/
E-mail: debt@oneworld.net

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Swiss Coalition of Development Organizations (Switzerland)

Swiss NGO that campaigns on issues such as increased Swiss bilateral development support, more fair international trade and reformed financial market, and a change in the policy and practices of the IMF and the World Bank. The organization campaigns through lobbying, publications, education and meetings
http://www.swisscoalition.ch/deutsch/pagesnav/H.htm
Email: mail@swisscoalition.ch
 
   
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Debt Links
Organization that aims to link all organizations involved in researching and campaigning for the cancellation of Third World debt.
http://www.debtlinks.org/
E-mail: webmaster@debtlinks.org
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Third World Network

Malaysian based, international, NGO and network, with partner organisations in Ghana, India, Switzerland and Uruguay. The objectives are to conduct research, publish documents, books and magazines and organize seminars; on ecological, economical and social issues affecting the Third World.
http://www.twnside.org.sg
Email: twnet@po.jaring.my
 
   
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Debt Relief International
DRI is a non-profit organisation funded by seven OECD governments (Austria, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom). DRI was established in July 1997 to run a programme to build the capacity of the governments of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs) to manage their own debt strategy and analysis, without having to rely on international technical assistance.
http://www.dri.org.uk/
Email: dri@dri.org.uk
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Trasparencia (Mexico)

Transparencias main objective is to follow the actions in Mexico of the IMF, the World Bank, and the Inter American Development Bank.
http://www.trasparencia.org.mx
Email: correro@tranaparencia.org.mx
 
   
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Development Gap (United States)

Sees itself as a vehicle for Southern challenges to the policies and policymaking process in the North
http://www.developmentgap.org
Email: dgap@developmentgap.org

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Trickle Up Program (United States)

The Trickle Up Program's mission is to help the lowest income people worldwide out of poverty, by providing conditional seed capital and business training.
http://www.trickleup.org/
Email: info@trickleup.org
 
   
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Development Gateway
An interactive portal for information and knowledge sharing on sustainable development and poverty reduction.
http://www.developmentgateway.org/
E-mail: info@developmentgateway.org

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Uganda Debt Network (Uganda)

Uganda Debt Network is an advocacy and lobbying coalition of NGOs, institutions and individuals formed in 1996, as a result of concerns that Uganda's debt burden had reached unsustainable levels.
http://www.udn.or.ug/
E-mail: Info@udn.or.ug

 
   
  Development Workshop
Organisation with offices in Angola , Canada and France, working to improve living conditions for the poor in less-developed communities.
http://www.dw.angonet.org/
Email: dwang@angonet.org
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Urgewald (Germany)

Urgewald wants to put focus on environment problems in the third world by campaingning governments, industries, as well as trying to change consumer habits. Aside from their work in the field of the environment they also campaign for human rights and development issues
http://www.urgewald.de
Email: urgewald@urgewald.de
 
   
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ECOWAS Network on Debt and Development

Regional network coordinating West African NGOs/civil society organizations working on debt, structural adjustment policy and the monitoring of international financial institutions.
http://www.econdad.org/
E-mail: webmaster@econdad.org
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Washington Office on Latin America (United States)

Research and advocacy organization working to advance democracy, human rights and social justice in Latin America and the Caribbean.
http://www.wola.org/
E-mail: wola@wola.org
 
   
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Essential Information (United States)

Aims to provide provocative information to the public on important, global, topics they believe are being neglected by the mass media and policy makers.
http://www.essentialaction.org
Email: mrc@essential.org

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World Council of Churches
Their Africa Reconstruction Programme addresses, among other things, issues such as globalization, trade, finance and debt.
http://www.wcc-coe.org/
E-mail: webeditor@wcc-coe.org

 
   
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European Network on Debt and Development
Eurodad is a network of 48 development non-governmental organizations from 15 European countries working for national economic and international financing policies that achieve poverty eradication and the empowerment of the poor.
http://www.eurodad.org/
E-mail: info@eurodad.org
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World Development Movement (United Kingdom)
Wants to tackle the underlying causes of poverty by lobbying and protesting against organizations like the WTO and Multinational Corporations, as well as presenting alternative solutions.
http://www.wdm.org.uk/
E-mail: wdm@wdm.org.uk

 
   
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Eurostep
Network of European non-governmental development organisations working towards peace, justice and equality in a world free of poverty
http://www.eurostep.org/
E-mail: admin@eurostep.org
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World Economy, Ecology and Development (Germany)
WEED aims to boost the advocacy in Germany of alleviating global poverty and resolving international environmental problems. They campaign for international economic and development policies that put more emphasis on social justice and economic sustainability.
http://weed-online.org/info/start_e.htm
Email: weed@weed-online.org
 
   
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50
Years Is Enough (United States)
Radical US network calling for the suspension of the policies and practices of the IMF and the World Bank Group. They also protest the G8 and the WTO.
http://www.50years.org/
E-mail: 50years@50years.org
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World Vision International
World Vision International is a partnership of Christian NGOs in 85 countries. working with Global Economics, Child Rights and Peace and Conflict Projects in developing countries.
http://www.developmentstudies.org/
E-mail: newsvision@wvi.org
 
   
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Focus on the Global South (Thailand)

Aims to be network and a resource for NGOs working with South issues. Many publications on global issues available on their website.
http://www.focusweb.org
Email: http://www.focusweb.org
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Worldwatch Institute (United States)
Research organization, whose will is to provide compelling, accessible, and fact-based analysis of critical global issues.
http://www.worldwatch.org/
E-mail: worldwatch@worldwatch.org
 
   
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Foreign Policy in Focus (United States)
Wants to forge a new global "more responsible" affairs agenda for the U.S. government.
http://www.foreignpolicy-infocus.org
Email: web@fpif.org

     
 
     
         


Definition of 'Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)'

  • The term, "non-governmental organization" or NGO, came into currency in 1945 because of the need for the United Nations to differentiate in its Charter between participation rights for intergovernmental specialized agencies and those for international private organizations. At the UN, virtually all types of private bodies can be recognized as NGOs. They only have to be independent from government control, not seeking to challenge governments either as a political party or by a narrow focus on human rights, non-profit-making and non-criminal.
    From: http://www.staff.city.ac.uk/p.willetts/CS-NTWKS/NGO-ART.HTM

  • A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level.
    From: http://www.ngo.org/ngoinfo/define.html

  • 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). In wider usage, the term NGO can be applied to any non-profit organization which is independent from government. NGOs are typically value-based organizations which depend, in whole or in part, on charitable donations and voluntary service. Although the NGO sector has become increasingly professionalized over the last two decades, principles of altruism and voluntarism remain key defining characteristics.

  • The term NGO is very broad and encompasses many different types of organizations. In the field of development, NGOs range from large, Northern-based charities such as CARE, Oxfam and World Vision to community-based self-help groups in the South. They also include research institutes, churches, professional associations and lobby groups The World Bank tends to interact with two main categories of NGOs: i) operational NGOs - whose primary purpose is the design and implementation of development-related projects, and; ii) advocacy NGOs - whose primary purpose is to defend or promote a specific cause and who seek to influence the policies and practices of the Bank.
    From: http://docs.lib.duke.edu/igo/guides/ngo/define.htm

   
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