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Associations & Organizations
Also refer to the" Websites" tab in this guide.
Selected Associations & Organizations
Departments, Institutes, Think Tanks
Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)
NGO's web sites
- Amnesty International
- Envisioning "every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards," AI actively campaigns in more than 150 countries and territories to end abuses of human rights.
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life."
- Doctors Without Borders
- DWB "works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation."
- Human Rights Watch
- "Dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world," HRW investigates and exposes human rights violations.
- The Hunger Project
- The Hunger Project is a "global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger," operating in 11 countries in Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
- Greenpeace's goal is "to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity."
- Nature Conservancy
- The Nature Conservancy is active in more than 30 countries "to protect ecologically important lands and waters fs nature and people."
- Open Society Foundations
- The Foundations "work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people."
- Oxfam International
- "Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty."
- Sierra Club
- Although its primary focus is on the United States, the Sierra Club works with domestic and international partners on its international climate policy and other issues.
- Transparency International
- Works to "create change towards a world free from corruption," and provides resources on the subject, publishing a variety of corruption indices and research.
- World Wildlife Fund
- WWF's vision is "to save a planet, a world of life" by practicing conservation that reconciles the needs of humans and others that share the planet.
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What are IGOs?
IGOs are political bodies created by states for carrying out specified tasks for their mutual benefit.
What are NGOs?
NGOs are not-for-profit organizations that are institutionally separate from government. They vary widely in goals and sources of support, but most attempt to influence government policy by setting agendas, participating in negotiations, conferring legitimacy on or publicly contesting government actions, and implementing programs. Many are concerned with social change. Some are closely tied to business interests.