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Political Science (101): Associations & Organizations

A guide to selected resources for political science research.

Associations & Organizations

Also refer to the" Websites" tab in this guide.

Selected Associations & Organizations

Departments, Institutes, Think Tanks

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)

United Nations
Below the major UN bodies are listed, but you also can link to these and their many subsidiary entities from the about the UN web page and a UN System Chart., and/or see a profile of the UN from BBC News.

Major UN documents include its Charter (1945), Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization, and Andersen Library has the Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements, 3rd ed. (2nd-floor Reference Collection, KZ4968 .O84 2003) and major UN yearbooks, including Yearbook of the United Nations (1946-2007 available online), which is the "principal reference work on the United Nations and provides a detailed overview of the Organization's concerns and activities."

Other IGOs:

See also profiles of international organizations from BBC News and an appendix to the CIA's World Factbook on International Organizations and Groups.

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
    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.

Would you like to find more?

Looking for government agencies?

Please refer to Andersen Library's guide for Government Resources.

Think Tanks' Web Sites

Think before you use these! Read: "What to think about think tanks?" (National Public Radio) and "FAIR Study: Think tank spectrum 2012" (Fariness & Accuracy in Reporting).

See also Think Tanks links on the "Associations & Organizations" tab in this guide.

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.