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a non-governmental development organisation founded in 1991 by African women for the purpose of harnessing resources to benefit of African people. The main focus of the work is on training, providing information and advice on mobilising resources towards sustainable development in Africa. The webpage includes a programme introduction, publications, GAP matters etc.


Africa Recovery Online
UN Publication


Africa regional office
Africa's Health in the New Millennium
Conference on African Healthcare Telematics, scheduled for March 2000 in Enugu, Nigeria.


Africa News Online
United Nations and Africa


African Governments on the Web
Visit this site for a list of country-specific
  • National Institutions
  • Regional Institutions
  • Representations in Foreign Countries
  • Political Parties
  • Additional Information
African Rights
African Rights is an organization dedicated to working on issues of grave human rights abuses, conflict, famine and civil reconstruction in Africa. The motivation for setting up African Rights is an awareness of the limitations upon existing human rights, humanitarian and conflict resolution approaches to Africa's most pressing problems. The United States/United Nations military occupation of much of Somalia has dramatically highlighted the shortcomings of current international approaches to problems of famine and war.

Africa News: Health & Medicine


The African Gender Institute (AGI), South Africa
The AGI's Mission is to build intellectual capacity and establishing an African resource dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of intellectuals, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners committed to the attainment of gender equity. The website provides information about programmes and projects, newsletters, papers and reports and current AGI events.


African Women Global Network (AWOGNet), USA
AWOGNet is concerned with networking of women’s organisations in Africa concerned with the improvement of living conditions of women and children. African Women Global Network (AWOGNet) is a global organization that networks all men and women, organizations, institutions and indigenous national organizations within Africa, whose activities are targeted towards the improvement of the living conditions of women and children in Africa.


The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)
The AKF is a private, international development agency committed to supporting disadvantaged communities irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion or language.
The Aga Khan Foundation was established in 1967 in the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to find the dignity that comes with self-reliance; and operates on the principle that effective social and economic progress is based on partnerships - with individuals, communities, businesses and governments


Amazon Alliance for Indigenous and Traditional Peoples of the Amazon Basin
The Amazon Alliance for Indigenous and Traditional Peoples of the Amazon Basin is an initiative born out of the partnership between indigenous and traditional peoples of the Amazon and groups and individuals who share their concerns for the future of the Amazon and its peoples. The eighty non-governmental organizations from the North and South active in the Alliance believe that the future of the Amazon depends on its peoples and the state of their environment.


Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. In particular, Amnesty International campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners; end political killings and "disappearances"; and oppose human rights abuses by opposition groups.
Amnesty International has around a million members and supporters in 162 countries and territories. Activities range from public demonstrations to letter-writing, from human rights education to fundraising concerts, from individual appeals on a particular case to global campaigns on a particular issue. 
Amnesty International's newly launched report focuses on numerous feminist
issues including the Taliban's continuing barbarisms, "honour killings", the trafficking of women and girls, "custodial" rape/torture and military violence against women and children.


Amnesty International Trade Union Action 1999


ALAI (Agencia Latinoamericana de Información), Ecuador
a communication initiative for feminist movements in Latin America and the Caribbean. Their women's program actively promotes the right to communicate, and a gender focus in communication. ALAI drew up proposals on communications for the 4th World Conference on Women and, in concertation with other organizations, contributed to the chapter on Women and the Media of the Beijing Platform for Action. The website gathers documentary material on these issues, in Spanish, English and French.


Africa Policy Information Center (APIC)
APIC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing accessible information and analysis on African issues, in order to foster international policies toward the continent that advance development, human rights and social justice.
APIC works to democratize international policy debates that affect Africa by:
  • identifying critical policy issues;
  • bringing to the international policy arena diverse perspectives from Africa and the global Africa-interested community;
  • disseminating information and analyses to public constituencies;
  • identifying strategic opportunities for action on key issues

Country-Specific data links for different regions
Visit this site for information on policy themes on:

  • Economy and Development
  • Democracy and Human Rights
  • Peace and Security


Asian Development Bank
The Asian Development Bank, a multilateral development finance institution, was founded in 1966 by 31 member governments to promote the social and economic progress of the Asian and Pacific region. Over the past 31 years, the Bank's membership has grown to 57, of which 41 are from within the region and 16 from outside the region.
The Bank gives special attention to the needs of the smaller or less-developed countries and priority to regional, subregional, and national projects and programs.
The Bank's principal functions are (i) to extend loans and equity investments for the economic and social development of its developing member countries (DMCs); (ii) to provide technical assistance for the preparation and execution of development projects and programs, and for advisory services; (iii) to promote and facilitate investment of public and private capital for development purposes; and (iv) to respond to requests for assistance in coordinating development policies and plans of its DMCs.


Asian Development Bank
The Bank's Poverty Reduction Strategy
Policy Papers


Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
ASHOKA identifies and supports leading social entrepreneurs around the world. These practical visionaries have the entrepreneurial drive and creativity to transform the systems in their respective societies in order to bring about large-scale social change.
To help launch their new ideas, Ashoka Fellows receive a three-year stipend and are elected to the Global Fellowship, the first professional association of leading social entrepreneurs.
The Global Fellowship provides a valuable global network for Fellows to spread their ideas and accelerate social change. For example, Initiatives in the fields of environment and learning help them distill best practices and deliver them into the hands of other leading practitioners and citizens.


Association for Progressive Communications
APC advocates for and facilitate the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) by civil society in a variety of ways:
* Internet Rights
APC defend and promote non-commercial, productive online space for NGOs and collaborate with like-minded organisations to ensure that the information and communication needs of civil society are considered in telecommunications, donor and investment policy. We are committed to freedom of expression and exchange of information on the Internet.
* Network Development
helping to build capacity among existing and emerging communication service providers. 
* Women
APC Women's Networking Support Programme promotes gender-aware Internet design, implementation and use.
* Africa
Through African members, APC is strengthening indigenous information sharing and independent networking capacity on the continent.


Association for Progressive Communications (APC), UK
Women’s Networking Support Programme 
a global computer network for social change. It facilitates training and information and hosts a list of around 150 women’s initiatives working with the Net. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is the world’s most extensive network of Internet providers dedicated to serving non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and citizen activists. APC member networks offer a wide range of services and support to link people, issues, resources and tools for action.


The Africa regional programme of APC's Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) APC-Africa-Women gathers and works together with women and women's organizations in Africa and all over the world, focusing on African women's empowerment through Information Facilitation, Regional Support, Policy and Advocacy, Training and Research in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
The work of APC-Africa-Women is featured on the these Websites:
Flame/Flamme - A network of African sisters online committed to strengthening the capacity of women through the use of ICTs to lobby, advocate and participate in the Beijing +5 process regionally and globally. This is a bilingual English/French resource.
Women'sNet, South Africa
Famafrique - An information and resource space for French speaking African Women working for sustainable development.


Association of World Council of Churches related
Development Organisations in Europe
Set up in 1990, APRODEV aims to represent 14 European development aid agencies to the European Union and to strengthen cooperation between its members.
Working on the following issues:

  • EU development aid policies
  • NGO's and development cooperation
  • Food security
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Conflicts and development
  • Gender and development


Association for the Taxation of financial Transactions for the benefit of Citizens.
A group linking citizens, associations, trade unions and newspapers founded ATTAC in France in 1998 around the platform.


FREE Political ‘Web-zine’, which comes out monthly, covering women’s news globally, including action campaigns. It offers listings of 1000s of Women’s: Groups/ Courses/ Resources/ Events and more.


AWID (The Association for Women in Development)
The Association for Women in Development (AWID) is a dynamic international membership organization committed to gender equality and a just and sustainable development process. Through AWID membership, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world discuss and share ideas concerning development strategies and programs. AWID provides a space for open, contentious, positive, and diverse debate on current gender and development and women's human rights issues. AWID facilitates a three-way exchange or "trialogue" among scholars, practitioners and policymakers in order to develop effective and transformative approaches for improving the lives of women and girls worldwide.



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Baha'i International Community (BIC)
Reports and General Information on the Baha'i International Community United Nations Office.
Find lists of Baha'i Statements on the following topics:

and links to Baha'i International Community Quadrennial Report to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

The Baha'i World
The creation of a peaceful global society that fosters both individual and collective well-being is at the heart of the Bahá'í vision of the future. Within the framework of a growing community concerned with moral and spiritual transformation, social and economic development is one expression of the Bahá'í commitment to realizing this vision.
The worldwide Bahá'í community, as an organic whole, transcends divisions prevalent in society today, such as "North" and "South", "developed" and "underdeveloped". Social and economic development efforts are undertaken by Bahá'ís everywhere. Every individual is a potential contributor to this process.

Go to 'Social Action', find sections on 

  • Social and Economic Development'

  • Moral Development

  • Human Rights

  • Advancement of Women


Bahá’í Agency for Social and Economic Development (UK)
Papers on a Conference on Social and Economic Development and the Environment
'Practical Applications of Spiritual Principles'


Beijing '95


IGC's pages on the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995
The Bretton Woods Project
The Bretton Woods Project was set up in 1995 to facilitate the work of UK non-government organisations (NGOs) concerned about the social and environmental impacts of World Bank and IMF financing in developing countries. The Project works to monitor and reform the World Bank and IMF. It tracks key policy statements and reports, and provides critiques and early warnings used by non-governmental organisations across the world. The Project circulates information to NGOs in the UK and across the world, identifies lobbying or campaigning opportunities, organises meetings with officials and prepares briefings on important issues. The Project's quarterly newsletter, the Bretton Woods Update, summarises key World Bank, IMF and NGO activities and lists available documents and important dates.


British Government
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
FCO is the British Government department responsible for overseas relations and foreign affairs, through headquarters in London and Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates throughout the world.


British Government Department for International Development (DFID)
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the British government department responsible for promoting development and the reduction of poverty. The government elected in May 1997 increased its commitment to development by strengthening the department (formerly the Overseas Development Administration) and increasing its budget.


Business Ethics Resources on the WWW
Here you find some lists of WWW sites which may be of interest to people doing research in the various branches of applied ethics. Note that these lists are not limited to sites about applied ethics.


Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
BSR's mission is to help its member companies achieve long-term commercial success by implementing policies and practices that honor high ethical standards and meet their responsibilities to all who are impacted by their decisions.
Sections on BSR Education Funds

  • Business and Human Rights Programme
  • Community Economic Development


Global Business Responsibility Resource Center
The Resource Center provides businesses with the information they need to understand and implement more responsible policies and practices, and promotes increased knowledge and collaboration among companies and between business and other sectors. It aims at helping companies achieve sustained commercial success in ways that honor high ethical standards and benefit people, communities, and the environment.
The Global Business Responsibility Resource Center is a resource covering the full spectrum of corporate social responsibility issues. At the heart of the Center is a growing collection of topic overviews providing basic information, company examples, and links to helping resources. The website is the Center's primary vehicle for disseminating this information. Over time, the Center will develop a comprehensive set of strategic tools and trainings, and engage in consultations.
Topics include

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Ethics
  • Community Involvement
  • Community Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Marketplace
  • Mission, Vision, Values
  • Social Audits and Accountability
  • Workplace


Business Council for the UN



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Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR)
CBSR defines, supports, promotes and advocates responsible policies and practices that benefit employees, communities, the economy and our environment.


Canadian Centre for Business in the Community (CCBC)
The CCBC is an initiative of The Conference Board of Canada, whose mission is to help its members anticipate and respond to the increasingly changing global economy... through the development and exchange of knowledge about organizational strategies and practices, emerging economic and social trends and key public policy issues
Visit the section entitled "Taking Action on Corporate Social Responsibility" ( and learn about the CCBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative.


Canadian Women’s Health Network
Practical information about women’s health and advocacy for discriminated women through race, age, religion, language etc. The CWHN is committed to building regional and national links among organizations and individuals who care about women's health by, for example, providing easier access to health information, resources and research, promoting and developing links to information and action Networks and providing forums for critical debate.


Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. 

CARE's goal is to help families find long-term solutions to poverty. We also help communities prepare for and recover from emergencies.
Ultimately, our programs aim to build self-sufficiency by helping families meet three basic needs: income, education, and health and population services. We target our efforts at the household level, often combining different types of interventions for a holistic approach that addresses the root causes of poverty
Food Security
Economic Development

Care Programmes
Visit section on Economic development


Center for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Research centre, located at London Scholl of Economics (LSE) , London, focusing on the empirical analysis of three of the principal dimensions of social exclusion: the economy and incomes; families and family change; and communities and neighborhoods. It also examines the implications of developments in these areas for society as a whole, and the political and the philosophical content of the concepts of exclusion and inclusion. Its aim is to understand the dynamic processes at work within it areas of study and to investigate the individual characteristics and social institutions which prevent exclusion, and promote recovery, regeneration and inclusion.
Research is both conceptual and empirical (with a primary focus on the UK, but has included work on East Asia)
This site includes outlines of research programmes, full text of papers from their CASE briefs and CASE papers series.


Center for Applied Ethics
The Centre was formally created in 1993 by the University of British Columbia's Board of Governors as an independent unit in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. It is primarily an interdisciplinary research centre which studies a diverse range of topics, including health care practices, business and professional procedures, new information technologies and environmental issues. The Centre works closely with most disciplines and interdisciplinary units on campus: for example, the Division of Biomedical Ethics, Health Care Faculties and Teaching Hospitals, the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, the Westwater Research Centre, and the Sustainable Development Research Institute.


The Centre for Innovation in Corporate Responsibility (CICR)
CICR's mission is to lead and assist Canadian businesses in redefining and realizing responsible international business practice. CICR aims to work in partnership with Canadian businesses working in or with developing countries to enhance business performance through sound corporate citizenship and responsible international business practices focused on sustainable human development."
Visit CICR's "Links" section, as well as their Virtual Business Resource Centre on International Corporate Responsibility at


The Center of Concern
The Center of Concern works with international networks promoting social analysis, theological reflection, policy analysis, political advocacy, research and public education on issues of global development, peace and social justice.
Update on World Summit for Social Development


Charter 99: A Charter for Global Democracy
A call for international accountability, equality, justice, sustainable development and democracy. In September 2000 the United Nations will hold a special Millennium Assembly and Summit on the future of the world. This Charter will be published as an open letter on worldwide and other presented to UN Representatives. It is addressed to the UN Millennium Assembly and all the governments and peoples of the world they represent.
Christian Aid


an online magazine that provides resources for physicians and consumers on promoting minority health through culturally relevant care. Pfizer Inc is the sole sponsor of this web site dedicated to the exploration of multiethnic healthcare issues.


Coalition for Global Solidarity and Social Development
The Coalition is promoting grass-roots participation and involvement in the social summit and linking together groups and organisations working from around the world in a common, global initiative to raise understanding and awareness of the principles and aims of the summit, and to strengthen global solidarity, cooperation, and coordination. It is the beginning of a global movement working to link together groups and organisations from around the world working with and involved in the World Summit for Social Development+5 in Geneva 2000, or dealing with issues related to the 10 Commitments.
The aim of the Coalition is to put people at the centre of this process, to use the Summit as an opportunity to advocate for the needs of those who have been marginalised and excluded by globalisation and the 'development' process, and to form a broad-based coalition of NGOs, citizens groups, and people around the world working together to come up with creative and viable answers to the challenges facing us.


Connected, Switzerland
General development page with a section on women and the Internet. The page offers a mailing list, press relations, various articles about topics and the Dialogue Handbook which provide logistical support to groups of citizens who wish to use the Internet.


Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP)
Multi-donor organisation, coordinated by the World Bank. Aims to address poverty through the support of micro-finance programmes.
This site has information on the programme, full text of short-note series (Focus), occasional papers and newsletter. CGAP's goal is to significantly expand very poor people’s access to quality financial services from sustainable or potentially sustainable microfinance institutions


Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)
CROP, is a world-wide network of researchers and experts on poverty. The aim of the Programme is to establish an arena for interdisciplinary and comparative research on poverty in developed and developing countries. CROP organises regional workshops, symposia and international conferences, promotes joint research projects and publications, linking poverty researchers and disseminating information about poverty research. Publishers of Poverty: A Global Review. Handbook on International Poverty Research, a report on poverty and poverty research in different regions of the world. Quarterly newsletter contains information about poverty research, CROP workshops etc.


Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives
COPAC is a partnership between representatives of the cooperative movement, farmers' organizations, and the United Nations and its agencies. Members work together on equal terms to promote and coordinate sustainable cooperative development through policy dialogues, technical cooperation and information, and concrete collaborative activities. COPAC plays an advocacy role in support of cooperatives as institutions which organize self-help, promote solidarity and mobilize resources in order to further the economic and social development of their members.
Paper: The Contribution of Cooperatives to the Implementation of the World Summit for Social Development Declaration and Programme of Action

The Copenhagen Center
The Copenhagen Centre – New Partnership for Social Responsibility
was established to stimulate the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors with the purpose of promoting social cohesion and fighting social exclusion. Its primary geographic scope is Europe, but the Centre believes in sharing experience with any governmental or non-governmental organisation or private enterprise, which combat social exclusion


Corporate Social Responsibility
Online magazine reporting on the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility and its relationship to corporate success with employees, consumers and investors. Coverage includes news, benchmark practices, consumer attitudinal changes, etc.
Visit for a section on socially responsible investing
Visit the Corporate Social Responsibility Newsletter
Visit for a section on Human Rights


Council for Ethics in Economics
The Council for Ethics in Economics is an association of leaders in business, education, religion, and other professions working together to strengthen the ethical fabric of business and economic life.


CSD NGO Women's Caucus Position Papers: Finance & Trade
Effects of Structural Adjustment on Women and the Poor
From Access to Empowerment: Gender Issues in Micro-Finance


Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CONGO)
an independent, international, not-for-profit membership association of nongovernmental organizations that facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decisions. CONGO is most active in the major UN centers of New York, Geneva, and Vienna, but extends its work to all regions of the world.
Sections on:
- Millenium Forum
- Beijing+5
- WSSD+5
- Regional Activities:
   - Africa Consultation
   - Korea Conference
- CONGO Substantive Committees
and more.


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Data for Decision Making (DDM) Project
Department of Population and International Health (Harvard School of Public Health).
The mission of the project is to work with governments and their senior decision makers to develop national capacities to manage health sector reform. Development of health sector capability requires making optimal use of available data and advanced analytical techniques to identify problems, develop policy, and strengthen management in the health care sector.



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Earth Charter
The objective of the Earth Charter is to set forth an inspiring vision of the fundamental principles of a global partnership for sustainable development and environmental conservation.


The Earth Negotiations Bulletin Reports on the World Summit for Social Development
Online resources on the World Summit on Social Development
Background information
Photo Archive from the Intersessional negotiations

Economic Commission for Africa
Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice
a project of Canadian churches working together for a just, moral and sustainable "economy of hope". 
ECEJ carries out a variety of activities:
- Research and policy analysis
- Education and Leadership Development
- Advocacy 
- Linking to social justice movements 
Papers on:
The Debt of Developing Countries
uctural Adjustment Policies (SAPs)
Currency Transaction Tax


Education International
Education International launched a Global campaign on education to pressure governments to deliver education for all. The Global Campaign for Education is a coalition of 400 development NGOs and teachers unions in 180 countries, in partnership with civil society networks throughout the South. The Global Campaign considers education is the key to ending poverty and beginning sustainable development. It cannot be delayed any longer. Free, quality education for all is well within the grasp of world governments if the political will is there.


ELDIS - Electronic Development and Environment Information System
Eldis is a gateway to online information on development in countries of the South. Coverage includes social, economic, political and environmental issues. Eldis makes a qualitative selection of materials and structures it for easy access
see for Human Rights, Education, Gender, Poverty, Finance, Trade etc.


The aim of this guide is to present a selection of the most recent research.

  • complete listing (still arranged by date!)
  • list of major poverty research organisations
  • country profiles on poverty
ENDA Third World is an international NGO based in Dakar, Senegal that focuses on sustainable development in Africa and the developing world. Membership with the APC is held by their Networking Department. Since the early 1990s, this extended IT department has provided connectivity to the larger organization, its projects and NGO partners in Senegal and other francophone West African countries. Between 1992 and 1996 ENDA acted as a local hub for e-mail, which was networked over phone lines and Fidonet to GreenNet in the UK. By 1996 ENDA began to provide full Internet services including e-mail, mailing lists, and WWW hosting.
African partner organisation to the APC Women’s Network Support Programme.


EthicScan Canada Limited is a business ethics, research and consulting clearing-house that monitors the social and environmental performance of 1500 companies in Canada


Ethics in Action
This Awards web site is a year round vehicle to connect people interested in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with resources that will help further their knowledge of CSR.


European Bahá'í Business Forum (EBBF)
EBBF is a global professional non-profit association of men and women practicing and promoting moral and ethical values in business. Membership is global, its activities are focused in Europe. EBBF is drawing increasing attention in Europe through its publications, its participation in United Nations summit conferences, and its projects to promote entrepreneurship and ethics in many Eastern and Central European countries.
Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Success
One of the core beliefs of the European Bahá'í Business Forum is that business has a social responsibility as well as an economic mission. This article seeks to articulate and communicate what social responsibility means and why it makes good business sense to integrate it into business strategies and practices. It does this by:

  • Outlining some forces at work and trends affecting corporations
  • Explaining six key dimensions of corporate social responsibility
  • Making a case for integrating CSR into sustainable strategies
  • Describing how CSR can be built into management practices
  • Looking beyond social responsibility


European Baha'i Youth Council (EBYC)
The EBYC is the voice of the Bahá'í youth of Europe, it stimulates and co-ordinates the manifold activities of European Bahá'í youth.
Go to section on Human Rights
EBYCl has organised study sessions and seminars on Human Rights Education for YNGOs, and has been responsible for the establishment of a Human Rights Education Youth Network and Web Site. Visit this site to read the report.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991.
It exists to foster the transition towards open market-oriented economies and to promote private and entrepreneurial initiative in the countries of central and eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) committed to and applying the principles of multiparty democracy, pluralism and market economics.


European Business Network for Social Cohesion
EBNSC (European Business Network for Social Cohesion) is a non-profit organisation that tries to stimulate governments and multinationals in Europe to employ, train & educate long-term unemployed & socially excluded people.
EBNSC helps companies to share knowledge and experience. It is a business-driven membership network whose mission is to encourage and help companies to prosper in ways that stimulate job growth, increase employability and prevent social exclusion; thereby contributing to a sustainable economy and a more just society. EBNSC, in partnership with the European Commission, provides a bridge between business, national governments and European policy makers, creating a greater understanding of their respective roles. Through EBNSC, member companies now have the opportunity to define the European Corporate Social Responsibility agenda.
Visit the site's Resource Centre ( and learn about best practices of corporate social responsibility in Europe, including 500 business case studies addressing many different CSR issue areas and a list of universities with courses in this subject.
Links and Publications on CSR and information on European Social Policies.


The European Women's Lobby (EWL)
The largest co-ordinating body of national and European non-governmental women's organisations in the European Union, with over 2,700 member associations in the 15 Member States. The EWL's goal is to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and to serve as a link between political decision-makers and women's organisations, who represent the majority in civil society. The website is to providing news, information about projects and useful links to other web sites.


European Trade Union Confederation - ETUC
The ETUC seeks to influence the European Union by making direct representations to the various institutions (Commission, Parliament, Council), and by ensuring trade union participation in numerous advisory bodies The European Works Councils Directive on information and consultation rights is among the most recent results of ETUC action. At the same time, the ETUC seeks to establish industrial relations with the employers at a European level through the ‘social dialogue’. This is mirrored by sectoral social dialogues under the responsibility of the European Industry Federations.


Europe's Forum on International Cooperation - Euforic
Social Development and International Cooperation
A focal point on the Internet and beyond for communities involved in Europe's international cooperation. More and more organisations use Euforic as the platform for debating topical issues and highlighting their latest information. It is a powerful answer to the need for more transparency on Europe's international cooperation, as Euforic improves the access to scattered information on the Internet, and brings people together.


a network of 22 major development NGOs from 15 European countries, established in 1990 to co-ordinate activities of its members at the European level.. Collectively they work in around 100 countries. Its two principal aims are first to influence official development co-operation policies of multilateral institution, and in particular those of the European Union; and secondly to improve the quality and effectiveness of initiatives taken by NGOs in support of people centred development. Objectives:
- Poverty eradication to be the main objective in all EU co-operation policies. 
- Increased priority should be given to basic social services, including the implementation of the 20/20 initiative and basic education. 
- Mainstreaming gender equality, and a rights and sustainability approach in all EU policies and programmes.



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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
To fight world hunger, policy-makers, the public and the media need to know precisely who is hungry and why. This is the information contained in FAO's latest publication, "The State of Food Insecurity in the World 1999" (SOFI). SOFI provides detailed data on the number of people facing hunger by region and looks at a broad range of factors that contribute to food insecurity


Feminist Majority Foundation (U.S.), USA
Fosters world-wide political campaigns, for instance about the situation in Afghanistan or ‘women’s budgets’. Provides valuable links to other organisations, feminist news, a feminist online store, a feminist research center events and more.


Networking of African women’s organisation to monitor Beijing follow-up in development practice - to strengthen the role and contribution of African NGOs concerned with women's development, to create a channel through which these NGOs can reach each other and share ideas, knowledge and experiences, to maintain close working relationships and foster partnership directly or indirectly with governments, UN agencies, the OAU and other bodies and to publicize the Network's activities and services through publications, awards, exhibitions and the mass media.


Franciscans International
The Franciscan Family is present as a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations under the title of Franciscans International:
A Network of the Franciscan Family collaborating on world issues
A Forum for the poor to have a voice at the United Nations
A Place where the Franciscan Family and the 185 UN representatives of the member states, the UN civil servants and other NGO's can share the heritage of Saints Francis and Clare: peace
A Clearinghouse of UN information on global concerns vital to the Franciscan Family in its global mission in the world.


Freedom from Hunger
Freedom from Hunger has been fighting hunger for more than 50 years. Although Freedom from Hunger (formerly known as Meals for Millions) has used a variety of approaches to accomplish its mission, three things have never changed: bringing self-help to families living on the margin of survival; applying nutritional science to prove and improve our programs; and enlisting partner organizations in the dissemination of program strategies to dramatically increase leverage, reach and influence.



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Gender, Science and Development Program (GSD)
International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study, engages in research and facilitates networking around selected international gender, science and technology issues. The site offers publications and an international Gender, Science and Technology Information Map.


The Social Progress Innovation Network 
  • creates and initiates projects such as workshops and exhibitions at Geneva 2000
  • receives, selects and organises information pertaining to successful social experiments in an open dialogue with members.
  • will be an open electronic forum in Geneva.
  • produces news reports on latest experiences in social development.
  • serves as a relay from network members to the institutional actors and the media.
  • will prepare exclusive reports on the Geneva 2000 Forum and the Special Session
  • forms a laboratory for research on key issues.
  • The Lab will elaborate the document entitled «Social Development in the New Millennium», for the June Summit.
  • After the Special Session, the Lab may enlarge its membership worldwide to constitute a new thinktank for ideas on social progress.
GILC News Alert
The newsletter of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign, an international coalition of organizations working to protect and enhance online civil liberties and human rights. Organizations are invited to join GILC by contacting You may re-print or redistribute the GILC NEWS ALERT freely. To subscribe to the alert, please send an mail to with the following message in the body: subscribe gilc-announce.


Global Campaign for Education
In October 1999 a broad coalition of development agencies and unions joined forces to launch the Global Campaign for Action. The coalition represents organisations active in over a hundred countries, including Oxfam International, Education International, Action Aid and dozens of national coalitions in developing countries.


The Global Compact
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan challenged world business leaders to "embrace and enact" the Global Compact, both in their individual corporate practices and by supporting appropriate public policies. These principles cover topics in human rights, labour and environment.
Visit this site to get an overview of these principles, a section on how to transform these principles into management practice, a section on partners and initiatives and more.


The UN-business Global Compact
The last year of the 20th century has seen a constructive new relationship develop between the United Nations and business, with each side recognizing that their respective goals are mutually supporting.
Peace, development, the rule of law and harmonious and constructive relations between nations are fundamental goals of the United Nations. Achievement of these goals enables business to expand and prosper.
By creating wealth and jobs, by stimulating scientific and technical progress, and by constantly improving products under the stimulus of competition, companies help to defeat poverty and improve the quality of life. And poverty is the enemy of the humanitarian values espoused by the UN.
These complementary goals led the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to propose a Global Compact between the UN and business to uphold a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards and environmental practice.
Visit for a  list of corporate examples.


Global Development Network (GDN)
The GDN aims to enhance the quality and availability of policy-oriented research and strengthen the institutions which undertake this work. The GDN offers tools, services and networking opportunities to help these institutions and their members join together to fight poverty. The goal of the GDN is to support and link research and policy institutes involved in the field of development. The GDN will aim to support the generation and sharing of knowledge for development and to help bridge the gap between the development of ideas and their practical implementation. Achieving these goals involves strengthening the capacity of research and policy institutions to undertake high-quality, policy-relevant research and to move research results into the policy debates, at both national and global levels.
Visit this site for * Global Development Network Awards Competition
                        * Training Courses
                        * Related Global Initiatives 
                        * and more
The Global Fund for Women
a non-endowed foundation and rely on the annual support of many generous individuals, foundations, and corporations. The fund makes grants to seed, support, and strengthen women's rights groups around the world. One can find network news, programs and links such as "Feminist Resources" on the webpage.


Global Health Council
A wealth of information and advocacy resources from an organization linking health professionals and organizations around the world.
The Global Health Council is a 27-year-old membership organization that believes global health is the cornerstone in the foundation of our globalized world.
The Council is an umbrella organization composed of professionals in the health-care field, non-governmental and governmental organizations, academic institutions, foundations and corporations.
Its goal is to galvanize these groups to action in the 21st century, and toward that end, the Council advocates, builds alliances and communicates ideas and best practices in the health field.


Global Policy Forum
Global Policy Forum monitors global policy making at the United Nations

This section of the website explores global taxes and their dual role as policy instruments and as revenue sources for international programs and institutions.  Most interest in global taxes has concentrated on two policy goals -- taxation as a means to regulate carbon emissions into the atmosphere (Carbon Tax) and taxation to reduce currency speculation (Tobin Tax). This page explores the different ways in which global taxes can be implemented, the need for democratic oversight and control, the policy shaping effects, distributive effects, and the possible use of such taxes to fund the UN, its agencies like the World Health Organization, and other programs for worldwide human security and development.


Global Unions Quality Public Education for All
Global Unions website is jointly owned and managed by a number of international trade union organisations.
Education has in recent years become an important issue for many NGOs, like teachers unions, in their advocacy work at the national and international level. There is a growing conviction that basic education is one of the key factors in the eradication of poverty and that it is the cornerstone of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development. Also in eliminating the worse forms of child labour education plays a vital role.


Governments on the WWW
Directory of links to individual countries and their ministries and multi-governmental institutions


The GREAT Network Archives 
The GREAT Network bridges the divides between Gender and Development researchers and development practitioners, and between individuals at dispersed institutions; disseminates research results to development agencies and academics; informs subscribers of relevant debates and information on the Web; manages topical debates; keeps members up-to-date with job advertisements, journal and conference calls and so on.



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Halifax Initiative Canada
The Halifax Initiative is a coalition of environment, development, social justice and faith groups deeply concerned about the policies and practices of the international financial institutions and committed to their fundamental reform. The Halifax Initiative has established itself as the Canadian presence for public interest advocacy and education on international financial institutional reform. The coalition's work is currently focused on the issues of multilateral debt relief, World Bank energy policy and practice and international currency speculation.
Visit sections on:
- Drop the Debt
- Tobin Tax
- Bretton Woods Reform 
- World Bank and Energy
- Structural Adjustment


Health and Human Resources Analysis for Africa (HHRAA)
This USAID site contains many background documents on a variety of health-related issues, as well as references to collaborating African institutions.


Healthnet SatelLife
Provides e-mail discussion groups for health professionals, including AFRO-NETS: African Networks for Health Research and Development (


Huairou Commission


Human Development Reports


go to U: UNDP for links to the relevant reports

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world, standing with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.
HRW investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable, challenging governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.
HRW enlist the public and the international community to
support the cause of human rights for all


The Hunger Project
Issues of abject poverty and hunger are too complex to be solved by traditional top-down, sectoral programs. In partnership with the Planning Commission, Govt of India, THP has developed a decentralized, multi-sectoral, people-centered methodology that is now being utilized in 11 countries around the world. Strategic Planning-in-Action (SPIA) mobilizes leadership from all sectors, at each level of society, and facilitates creating a shared vision and a focused strategy of action based primarily on people's own creativity and resources

Principles and Methodology of the Hunger Project
Strategic Planning-in-Action - a Methodology for Accomplishment, Focus and Breakthrough
To meet the challenge of ending hunger requires a methodology that will break up old patterns of action, that will foster new ways of thinking and empower people to achieve concrete break-throughs in health, education, nutrition, food production, incomes and the empowerment of women.
The methodology developed by The Hunger Project to achieve this is called strategic planning-in-action. Wherever we work, from the villages to the highest policy levels, we apply this methodology



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Indigenous Rights
OneWorld Guide
contains tens of thousands of documents on indigenous rights from the partners' websites


Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, UK


American Council for Volontary International Action


Inter-American Development Bank- Washington
The Inter-American Development Bank, the oldest and largest regional multilateral development institution, was established in December of 1959 to help accelerate economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Bank was created in response to a longstanding desire on the part of the Latin American nations for a development institution that would focus on the pressing problems of the region.
In addition to the Bank, the IDB Group consists of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). The IIC, an autonomous affiliate of the Bank, was established to promote the economic development of the region by financing small and medium-scale private enterprises. The MIF was created in 1992 to promote investment reforms and to stimulate private-sector development.


Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - the word organization of parliaments of sovereign States -plays a uniquely important role in the mobilization of the world parliamentary community to follow up on the Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by WSSD.


International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
international humanitarian organisation with a unique worldwide network, works to improve the situation of the world's most vulnerable people. It has a presence in almost every country in the world today through its national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.
The Federation provides humanitarian relief to people affected by disasters or other emergencies and development assistance to empower vulnerable people to become more self-sufficient.


International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. It directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Movement in situations of conflict. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. 
Go to: Operations by countries - Maps, facts and figures, reports, news releases and publications on the countries (over 50) in which the ICRC is currently active.
Issues and topics - Thematic information covering issues such as antipersonnel mines, effects of weapons, water and war


International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

  • equality
  • jobs and justice

Trade, Labour Standards, Development, Employment, Health and Safety, Environment, Structural Adjustment, Research


International Aid and Trade
Conference & Exhibition in New York 31 May - 1 June 2000
Every year in New York City, International Aid & Trade brings together heads of UN agencies, government and NGO representatives, and major international CEOs to strengthen the partnership between the United Nations and the private sector. This event allows UN and business executives to review their joint projects on an annual basis, define future directions, and draw lessons from their collaboration. Corporations showcase their goods and services to the community of UN and World Bank procurement officers and find out about upcoming contracts and trends.
International Aid & Trade 2000 is a unique event. It will be the first time that heads of UN agencies, CEOs, and representatives from governments and NGOs come together under one roof in New York City to strengthen their partnership around the world. Corporations will display their equipment and expertise. Procurement officers from the UN and the World Bank will visit the exhibition and explain their bidding procedures at a special workshop. UN officials will explain why the United Nations must work with business in the next century to reduce poverty, safeguard the environment, and maintain an open economy that benefits all countries. UN and business representatives will sit at the same table to develop concrete projects in a country recovering from conflict.


International Chamber of Commerce 
ICC is the world business organization, the representative body that speaks with authority on behalf of enterprises from all sectors in every part of the world.
ICC promotes an open international trade and investment system and the market economy. Its conviction that trade is a powerful force for peace and prosperity dates from the organization's origins early in the century. The small group of far-sighted business leaders who founded ICC called themselves "the merchants of peace".
Because its member companies and associations are themselves engaged in international business, ICC has the authority in making rules that govern the conduct of business across borders. Although these rules are voluntary, they are observed in transactions every day and have become part of the fabric of international trade.
Within a year of the creation of the United Nations, ICC was granted consultative status at the highest level with the UN and its specialized agencies.
ICC was founded in 1919. Today it groups thousands of member companies and associations from over 130 countries. National committees in the world's major capitals coordinate with their membership to address the concerns of the business community and to convey to their governments the business views formulated by ICC.

ICC in cooperation with the UN
Working with the UN
Current joint projects with the UN and its agencies
The UN and ICC are engaged in a series of initiatives that give substance to Kofi Annan’s "global compact" and these are only a beginning. Some have been in place for several years and continue to produce results. Others are more recent.Here are some items. Technical though many of them are, all contribute to the objectives set at the New York meeting of ICC and UN leaders:
Energy Environment
Health Intellectual Property


International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE)
CIDSE (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity) is a network of catholic development organizations in 16 different countries. One of the major activities of this network is advocacy and lobby work on social development issues.
CIDSE aims to be an effective and strong voice in international fora, articulating a clear analysis of world poverty and structural injustices, through
advocacy and lobbying work. Its advocacy work currently focuses on debt and structural adjustment, social development (Copenhagen +5), policy coherence, peace building and trade.


International Council on Social Welfare
The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) is a non-governmental organisation which now represents national and local organisations in more than 80 countries throughout the world. 
Member organisations collectively represent tens of thousands of community organisations which work directly at the grass-roots with people in poverty, hardship or distress. Almost all of them are independent organisations working in their own communities rather than branches of organisations based in other countries. Many have been established by people who are themselves experiencing hardship.
Within their own communities, our network of organisations provides help for a wide range of people who are poor, ill, disabled, unemployed, frail or oppressed. They help young people, older people, families, indigenous peoples, migrants, refugees and others who are experiencing special hardship or vulnerability.

  • Documents on the World Summit 1995
  • Documents on the implementation and monitoring of the WSSD
  • Activities and events

Copenhagen +5: A civil society newsletter


The International Development Conference (IDC)
IDC promotes solidarity for international development by hosting a large forum on international development in the U.S. and providing a number of public policy services.
Its biennial conferences provide opportunities to exchange experiences, information and ideas with top leaders and thinkers from developing countries, the UN, NGOs, academia, business, the U.S. Congress and the Administration. The umbrella themes aim at fostering social, economic and environmental progress.


International Development Research Centre
The International Development Research Centre is a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research.


IDRC’s research programme
Initiatives, explorations and secretariats targets a particular development problem. International, multidisciplinary teams, that are often finanaced by other donors, focus their energies on solutions to these development challenges.


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
This site contains information about the Assessment of Social Policy Reforms (ASPR) Program Initiative of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). ASPR supports research aimed at enhancing the capacity of government and civil society actors to design and implement effective social policies and programs which promote sustainable and equitable social development.


International Foundation for Development
The International Research Foundation for Development is an autonomous, nonpartisan, transnational organization composed of an international community of contemplative thinkers, policy makers, practitioners, and laypersons who are making a concerted effort to improve the quality of life at various levels of the world. The foundation was established in 1993 and has achieved the status of a public foundation. This transnational foundation operates within its special category of consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations as specified in the UN Charter Article 71


International Research Foundation for Development (IRFD)
World Forum on Social Development
Proposals and Abstracts

International Fund for Agricultural Development - IFAD
IFAD, a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established in 1977 as an international financial institution as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The Conference was organized as a response to the food crises of the early 1970’s primarily affecting the Sahelian countries of Africa. The Conference resolved that "an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries". One of the most important insights emerging from the Conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production, but structural problems relating to poverty and to the fact that the majority of the developing world’s poor populations were concentrated in rural areas.


Conference on Hunger & Poverty
The Conference on Hunger and Poverty was held in Brussels on 20-21 November 1995. The focus was on the civil society, its experiences and potential in fighting hunger and poverty. Participants examined the possibilities of forming a coalition to increase the ability and the capacity of organizations within the civil society to empower the poor and hungry, provide them with appropriate and meaningful technology, strengthen the coping strategies of vulnerable groups and provide ways and means by which the people and the local communities can reverse the degradation of their natural resource base.
Find Discussion papers on


International Institute for Sustainable Development
The "Youth: Building Knowledge Societies" (YBKS) global e-conference (17 January to 18 February 2000) will explore how youth make use of ICTs to create, disseminate and use knowledge for sustainable development. The results of the e-conference will be presented to the Global Knowledge Partnership Action Summit during the second Global Knowledge Conference from 7 to 10 March 2000.


Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), South Africa
General public interest organisation, involved in democratisation process in SA, hosts information of the ‘Women’s Budget Initiative’ (WBI). It offers publications, a political quarterly magazine (Siyaya), Idasa books and events.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
a national centre for research and teaching on development. It was established in 1966 and is an international authority in the field.


International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance)
IDEA's objective is to promote and advance sustainable democracy and to improve and consolidate electoral processes world-wide.
Independent of specific national interests, IDEA provides a forum for interaction and exchange of experiences among a variety of global actors involved in promotion of democracy.


International Institute on Environment and Development
List of Publications on urban poverty reduction.

Enterprise and Cooperative Development  Social Finance Unit
Section of ILO focusing on the social dimension of finance, particularly microfinance for poverty alleviation, employment and social integration.
This site offers information on activities and an archive of full text ILO documents on the issue.


International Union of Local Authorities (IULA)
The Strategic Objectives (goals) of IULA:
1. To develop and maintain a strong democratic political organisation, managed to high professional standards in a global setting;
2. To be the worldwide advocate and voice of democratic local government;
3. To be the worldwide source of key information and intelligence regarding democratic local government;
4. To be the worldwide source of learning, exchange and capacity building programmes for democratic local government.


IULA's Platform for Capacity and Institution Building (CIB)

Task Force on Women in Local Government (WLG)


International Women's Tribune Center- New York, USA
The International Women's Tribune Centre (IWTC) is an international non-governmental organization set up in response to demands for information and resources from many of the more than 8,000 women who participated in the United Nations International Women's Year (IWY) World Conference and the non-governmental IWY Tribune in Mexico City, 1975. For the last 20 years, IWTC has played an important role as a major information, education, communication, networking, technical assistance and training resource for women worldwide. Today, IWTC continues as a networking and information clearinghouse for some 25,000 women and women's groups in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean and the Middle East.


The Institute for Global Communications (IGC), USA  
IGC and its APC members have been the primary information and communications service provider at UN world conferences. IGC Internet offers a unique starting point for politically progressive individuals/organizations to explore the Internet. Also features automated web tools for publicizing events and calendars, action alerts and information about volunteering and employment in the progressive nonprofit sector. Offers Peacenet, Econet, Labornet and Womensnet.


IGC Womensnet
IGC's newest network. Support of women’s organisations world-wide by providing and adapting telecommunications. Information on women’s political activities.


Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, university-based research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focusing on the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the USA. This site has information on programmes and links to other (mostly US related) sites.


Institute for Employment Research
The Institute for Employment Research is one of Europe's leading centres for research in the labour market field. Its work focuses upon the operation of labour markets and socio-economic processes related to employment and unemployment in the UK at national, regional and local levels. It includes comparative European research on employment and training.
The Institute offers a multi-disciplinary environment for research. Research methods include both quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques based upon primary or secondary data sources.
The Institute has excellent access to the wide range of survey data sources available in the UK and Europe. Econometric analysis of large datasets, survey-based sociological research, and studies using in-depth interviews are regularly employed.


International Information Centre and Archives for the Women’s Movement (IIAV), Netherlands
Women’s (not only!) academic resource centre, providing information on the position of women and women's studies. It offers a wide collection of books, periodicals, dossiers, archives and more.
International Center for Research on Women, USA
a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting social and economic development, gender research and advocacy. It provides publications, development links, a grants progarm (PROWID) in partnership with CEDPA and more.


International Co-operative Alliance
an independent, non-governmental association which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. Its members are national and international co-operative organisations in all sectors of activity including agriculture, banking, energy, industry, insurance, fisheries, housing, tourism and consumer co-operatives. ICA has more than 230 member organisations from over 100 countries, representing more than 730 million individuals worldwide. The role of the ICA is to act as a catalyst and coordinator of co-operative development, with the aim of promoting and strengthening autonomous co-operatives throughout the world. The focus of the ICA programmes, based on the expressed priorities of its members, is:
  • institution building, human resource development, women's integration, strategic planning
  • influencing Governments in order to create favourable environments for co-operative development, including organising regional level Ministerial Conferences to sensitise government leaders on the role of co-operatives;
  • networking and promoting the exchange of experience and movement-to-movement assistance;
  • mobilising financial resources for co-operative development.


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Jubilee 2000 Coalition
read about the philosophy behind the Project as described in the Jubilee 2000 Agenda, visit the Jubilee 2000 Project page where you will find details regarding the way the Project is being organized and how you can participate. Visit the Jubilee 2000 Forum, where you can participate in wide-ranging discussions on relevant issues.


Youth Action for Global Justice
Founded by students in 1983 as the Overseas Development Network (ODN), the organization recently renamed JustAct promotes youth leadership and action for global justice.
JustAct works to develop life-long commitments to social and economic justice. Our programs link students and youth in the U.S. to organizations and grassroots movements working for sustainable and self-reliant communities around the world.



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Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC), USA
affiliated with the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. It facilitates access to Internet-based information on, from, or about Latin America and provides an academic database with section on women’s issues in Latin America Academic database with section on women’s issues in Latin America. LANIC's editorially reviewed directories contain over 12,000 unique URL's, one of the largest guides for Latin American content on the Internet.


Liaison Committee of Development Non Governmental Organisations to the European Union
The NGDO-EU Liaison Committee is the representative structure of European external cooperation/international solidarity NGOs (non government organisations) with respect to the European Union. It is a democratic and pluralist association of individual member NGOs grouped in National Platforms in each Member State of the European Union. Membership, via the 15 National Platforms, is open to all NGOs based in a European Union Member State and active in the various fields of international solidarity work and particularly: development, emergency relief and development education.


Linkages - A Multimedia Resource for Environment and Development Policy Makers
Linkages is provided by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), publishers of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. It is designed to be an electronic clearing-house for information on past and upcoming international meetings related to environment and development policy.



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Mandat International
The Welcome Centre for Non-Governmental Organisations and Delegations aims at encouraging the participation of non-governmental delegates at international conferences held in Geneva and creating a place of meeting and exchange between delegates of different geographical regions and working in different fields. The Welcome Centre gives priority to delegates coming from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Developing Countries.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 80 countries. In countries where health structures are insufficient or even non-existant, MSF collaborates with authorities such as the Ministry of Health to provide assistance. MSF works in rehabilitation of hospitals and dispensaries, vaccination programmes and water and sanitation projects. MSF also works in remote health care centres, slum areas and provides training of local personnel. All this is done with the objective of rebuilding health structures to acceptable levels.


Micro Impacts of Macroeconomic and Adjustment Policies (MIMAP) Programme
MIMAP is a Program Initiative of the International Development Research Centre (Ottawa) supporting interdisciplinary research in developing countries in order to enhance capacity to analyse and create alternate policies that achieve the goals of economic stabilization and adjustment while reducing their impact on vulnerable groups.


Micro Enterprise Innovation Project (MIP), USAID
MIP's primary objective is to provide microentrepreneurs, particularly women and the very poor, with greater and more reliable access to financial and nonfinancial services needed to improve enterprise performance and household income. MIP's an initiative to support technical and financial assistance, research and training on best practices in microenterprise development and finance
Each individual component of MIP is designed to increase the capacity, outreach and scale of the international and indigenous organizations providing services to the microenterprise sector.


Muslim Aid
Muslim Aid, an international NGO with head quarters in the UK



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Netaid is a new, long-term effort to use the unique networking capabilities of the Internet to promote development and alleviate extreme poverty across the world. The Netaid Foundation serves as a global exchange point to link people to successful agents and agencies of change. Netaid's mission is to use the powers of the Internet to help the millions of men, women, and children who live on the edge of survival.
Our goal is to connect all those who share these common values to promote the useful exchange of ideas, challenges, resources, and success stories. Netaid works to:
  • Facilitate community building, direct communications, and coordination among the millions of people dedicated to these aims.
  • Act as a one-stop resource for people interested in making a commitment to change.
  • Build new on-line tools to promote exchanges of ideas and success stories.
  • Help our developing country partners get access to and learn to utilize new technologies.
  • Issue periodic calls to action on items of urgency and focus attention on what works.
Internet and Poverty
World Wide Web Helps War on Poverty


Africa goes online
Gambia leads 12 African countries on the information highway
In Africa, cyberspace looks like a good place to start solving age-old problems by leapfrogging outdated communications systems. Through an Internet Initiative for Africa supported by the United Nations Development Programme, Gambia has become the first of 12 countries south of the Sahara to go online. It is tapping local knowledge, as well as international expertise, to fight poverty.
Africa needs to master today's computer technology if it is to compete in the global marketplace. Although Africa has the potential for enormous wealth from its natural resources, two fifths of its 620 million people live on less than $2 per day. Through its Internet Initiative for Africa (IIA), the United Nations Development Programme aims to "leapfrog" old communications systems to link 12 countries south of the Sahara with each other and with other continents via the Internet.


News Africa News: Health & Medicine


NGO Copenhagen Alternative Declaration
March 1995
This Declaration builds upon efforts emanating from the NGO Development Caucus during the Social Summit preparatory meetings, the Oslo Fjord Declaration, and other national and international citizens' initiatives.


NGO Documents for the Earth Summit, 1992
Non-Governmental Organization Alternative Treaties at the '92 Global Forum

Recommendations to the UN
People’s Earth Declaration
Rio de Janeiro Declaration
Treaty for NGO cooperation and sharing of resources
11-16 Alternative Economic Issues


Earth Summit II, 1997 Recommendations for Actions and Commitments at Earth Summit II
Non-Governmental Organization Revised Draft Background Paper
3.1: Access to resources
3.2: Trade
NGO Documents for CSD NGO-Non paper for Earth Summit III


NGO Documents for CSD 1999 Gender & Tourism. Women's Employment and Participation, report submitted to CSD-7 by UNED-UK
Summary at


Finance Investment and Trade Caucus
Visit this site to find documents on:
- NGO Position Papers
- World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference in Seattle
- NGO Background Papers
- CSD Secretariat's Finance Page


NGO Global Network
Its aim is to help promote collaborations between NGOs throughout the world, so that together we can more effectively partner with the United Nations and each other to create a more peaceful, just, equitable and sustainable world for this and future generations.


NGO Trade Paper
Background Paper Number 2,
NGO Forum, UN-NADAF Mid Term Review,
September 13-14, 1996
Globalisation and Trade by Rudo Chitiga


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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The OECD groups 29 member countries in an organisation that provides governments a setting in which to discuss and develop economic and social policy. They compare experiences, seek answers to common problems and work to co-ordinate domestic and international policies that increasingly in today's globalised world must form a web of even practice across nations. Their exchanges may lead to agreements to act in a formal way - for example, by establishing legally-binding codes for free flow of capital and services, agreements to crack down on bribery or to end subsidies for shipbuilding. But more often, their discussion makes for better informed work within their own governments on the spectrum of public policy and clarifies the impact of national policies on the international community. And it offers a chance to reflect and exchange perspectives with other countries similar to their own.

The OECD is a club of like-minded countries. It is rich, in that OECD countries produce two thirds of the world's goods and services, but it is not an exclusive club. Essentially, membership is limited only by a country's commitment to a market economy and a pluralistic democracy. The core of original members has expanded from Europe and North America to include Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Korea. And there are many more contacts with the rest of the world through programmes with countries in the former Soviet bloc, Asia, Latin America - contacts which, in some cases, may lead to membership.
Visit for a section on OECD's activities


One Country
One Country, the newsletter of the Bahá'í International Community, is a publication of the Office of Public Information of the Bahá'í International Community.
The Bahá'í International Community is an international non-governmental organization which encompasses and represents the worldwide membership of the Bahá'í Faith.


OneWorld Directory
The OneWorld database contains tens of thousands of documents on poverty from the partners' websites.
Directory of organisations and documents concerned with Human Rights
Directory of organisations and documents concerned with education
Education for All Campaign
Ten years ago world governments meeting in Jomtien, Thailand, promised to give every child an education by 2000. They've failed. Today 150 million children are still out of school. and its partners are taking up the cause of tackling the global education crisis - and these pages will track progress and give you the chance to get involved in achieving the elusive goal of 'education for all'.
Full coverage on health's guide on AIDS


Once and Future Action Network (OFAN), Canada
an international consortium of gender, science and technology organisations which calls attention to women's contribution to people-centred and environmentally sustainable approaches to science and technology. The website provides the conference declaration, a framework for action and daily news reports and press releases.


OneWorld News Service - Gender

OCEES Oxford Center for the Environment, Ethics and Society



Oxfam GB
a development, relief, and campaigning organisation dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering around the world. Oxfam works with poor communities, local partners, volunteers, and supporters.
Section on education



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The Panos Institute
The Panos Institute is an independent information agency that provides news and perspectives on issues from developing countries.


The Panos AIDS Programme
go to HIV/AIDS
This Programme exists to provide authoritative, accessible analysis of HIV/AIDS issues, particularly for media in developing countries, and to increase media and NGO capacities to provide high quality information to their own publics.


Peace Child International- Buntingford, UK
Peace Child International empowers children to take responsibility for peace, human rights and the environment through education, leadership development and direct participation in the events that shape our world community. This it does through producing publications, musicals, conferences and encouraging its affiliate youth groups throughout the world.


People's Decade of Human Rights Education (PDHRE-International)
The PDHRE website interprets and translates human rights in an easy to use way to make the human rights framework useful and relevant for people's daily lives and their struggles for a better world.
The human rights framework can be a practical, effective tool for achieving dignity for all. Visit this site to learn how human rights relate to social and economic injustices in your community. Find compilations on governments' obligations and commitments to ensuring the realisation of human rights on 23 issues and hold your government accountable. Discover how increasing awareness of human rights can strengthen and invigorate efforts for change. 


The Popular Coalition to Eradicate Hunger and Poverty
The Popular Coalition is a consortium for action; a synergistic alliance of intergovernmental and civil-society organizations; a network of partners who combine their knowledge, skills, concrete experience and resources to reach a single objective -- to build upon the dynamism and potential of civil-society organizations to eradicate hunger and poverty.
The Coalition believes that increased access by the poor to productive resources, especially land and water, is an essential condition for improving living standards and social stability in rural areas. Thus, its Programme of Action gives top priority to the revival of land reform on national and international agendas. The Popular Coalition responds to this challenge from a new perspective and with a new methodology: building upon the experience, knowledge and potential of civil-society organizations.


Poverty Reduction Project
Project funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ: Bundesministerium fuer wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung). Aims to gather together and improve the most effective methods, instruments and approaches to poverty reduction, and then pass them on - reworked and streamlined - for use in practical project work. Works jointly with as many German Development cooperation organizations as possible - and with their partners.


Poverty Research Unit, Sussex (PRUS)
Multidisciplinary, cross-campus research centre based at the University of Sussex undertaking research on poverty and its reduction in both developing and industrialised countries.
Publications include a quarterly printed newsletter (available on WWW site) and working paper series.


Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development
Urban Poverty - The Global Phenomenon of Poverty and Social Marginalization in our Cities: Facts and Strategies



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Read the World campaign
In advance of the World Forum on Education for All to be held in Dakar, Senegal, in April, the Guardian has launched a campaign aimed at providing every child with the opportunity of primary education. Read the latest education news and progress of the campaign.



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Structural Adjustment Participatory Review International Network
Standing up to structural adjustment


United Nations System-wide Special Initiative on Africa 


The United Nations System-wide Special Initiative on Africa (SIA), launched in March, 1996, singled out Africa's key advancement challenges and enlisted international community assistance in meeting them through coordinated development commitments. The SIA's key programmes have been devised for implementation within 13 development clusters. For each programme cluster, specific leadership roles are taken by agencies around the UN system, including the Bretton Woods Institutions. SIA is different from earlier undertakings in Africa because it seeks to muster indispensable backing for Africa-determined priorities and efforts, and secure pledged international commitment towards Africa determined goals as reflected in the Cairo Plan of Action on Re-launching Africa's Economic and Social Development. The Cairo Plan was adopted by the OAU Heads of State Summit in 1995.


Social Investment Organization (SIO)
Social Investment Organization (SIO)
The SIO is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of a socially and environmentally sustainable society through socially responsible investment (SRI) and corporate social responsibility (CSR)


Social Venture Network
Social Venture Network is a non-profit membership organization of business and social entrepreneurs dedicated to creating a more just, humane and sustainable society by changing the way the world does business. Social Venture Network is part of an international community of business and social entrepreneurs dedicated to changing the way the world does business and to using our influence to promote progressive solutions to social problems.


Society for International Development (SID)
Created in 1957, the Society for International Development (SID) is a unique global network of individuals and institutions concerned with development which is participative, pluralistic and sustainable. SID has over 6,000 members in 115 countries and 75 local chapters. It works with more than 200 associations, networks and institutions involving academia, parliamentarians, students, political leaders and development experts, both at local and international levels. This makes SID one of the very few organizations that has a holistic, multidisciplinary and multisectorial approach to development and social change


SID-Women in Development (SID-WID)
The SID-Women in Development (SID-WID) network is an energetic group of SID members and associates from civil society, the donor community, academia and activists from the North, South and East.


Linking up: Reviews +5
SID-WID wishes to play an active role in the Review process and, in collaboration with Vrouwenberaad, a Dutch network of gender experts working on international cooperation and WIDE, Women in Development Europe, a European network working in gender issues, has been asked to co-organise WIDE Annual Conference "Linking up: Reviews+5. Cairo, Copenhagen and Beijing towards 2000" to be held in The Netherlands on 28-29 May, 1999.



International citizens’ coalition monitoring implementation of the world governments' commitments to eradicate poverty and achieve gender equity.

  • links to The Social Watch reports on the ten commitments of the World Summit for Social Development and the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action
  • country reports
  • Social Development Indicators
  • Charting Progress

go to Thematic Reports: Poverty Eradication


South Asian Women’s NETwork (SAWNET), Canada  
Network with associated mailing list, run by Asian women on a voluntary basis.


Sustainable Development International
Sustainable Development International aims to educate the readership by providing a showcase for strategies and technologies for local-global Agenda 21 implementation. SDI is part of the "Towards Earth Summit 2002" process.


Swiss Institute for Development
The Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) is committed to interdisciplinary academic research on questions relating to development, and promotes rapid application of the knowledge acquired. For this purpose, it maintains the Swiss Institute for Development (SID). Research projects undertaken by the SID are performed in close cooperation with influential scientists and policy-makers in social, economic, and political responsibility



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Third World Network- Penang, Malaysia
The Third World Network is an independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North- South issues.
Its objectives are to conduct research on economic, social and environmental issues pertaining to the South; to publish books and magazines; to organize and participate in seminars; and to provide a platform representing broadly Southern interests and perspectives at international fora such as the UN conferences and processes.

Visit this site for a large collection of papers on the following topics:
  • Global Financial/economic crisis
  • Trade Issues/Rules and WTO
  • Trade Developments (incl. UNCTAD)
  • Biotechnology/Biosafety
  • Biodiversity, Access
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Women's Rights & Gender Issues
  • Health
  • UN, Peace & Security
  • Economics
  • Tourism
  • Third World Resurgence
  • Third World Economics


Third World Network
Paper on Economic recession, structural adjustment and health
Papers on Women's Rights & Gender Issues with regards to globalisation, poverty, economic issues, global institutions etc.
Papers on Global Financial and Economic crisis
Visit the Third World Network for papers on
- Declaration on indigenous peoples long overdue (Thalif Deen)
- Beijing Declaration of Indigenous Women


Go to Hot Topics for short introduction on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


Tools for Life
Health communication kit for community health workers in Francophone and Anglophone Africa.


Trade Union Advisory Committee - OECD
The Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD is an interface for labour unions with the OECD.  It is an international trade union organisation which has consultative status with the OECD and its various committees. TUAC's role is now one of ensuring that global markets are balanced by an effective social dimension. Through regular consultations with various OECD committees, the secretariat, and member governments TUAC coordinates and represents the views of the trade union movement in the industrialized countries. It is also responsible for coordinating the trade union input to the annual G7 economic summits and employment conferences. 



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United Nations:

Copenhagen +5 Official Web-Site
All the new developments and information about the United Nations General Assembly Special Session to follow-up the 1995 Social Summit, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26-30 June, 2000
Intended as a site for news and information concerning the special session, from the impact of the World Trade Organization to the social crisis in Central Asia, the new Web site provides delegates, non-governmental organizations, media, and the public with up-to-date coverage of the events leading up to the Geneva meeting. The site also contains the latest official documentation for the session, as well as the latest negotiated texts.
The Web site is maintained by the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Social Policy and Development and by the United Nations Department of Public Information.


United Nations Research Institute on Social Development
Numerous research reports on all issues of social development; a data base of organisations and projects working in the area; subscription to an information service; etc.


UNCTAD is the focal point within the United Nations system for the integrated treatment of development and interrelated issues in the areas of trade, finance, technology, investment, and sustainable development.
Main goals are to maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries, and to help them face challenges arising from globalization and integrate into the world economy, on an equitable basis.
UNCTAD pursues its goals through research and policy analysis, intergovernmental deliberations, technical cooperation, and interaction with civil society and the business sector.


Sustainable Livelihoods (SL)
Building on the Wealth of the Poor
Global programme element aiming to refine the SL concept, building electronic information and resource networks, and piloting new SL initiatives. Regional and country programmes are addressing specific country priorities in the development, empowerment and activation of human resources, especially those living in poverty.
This site has information on the programme and full text background papers.


Towards the Elimination of Poverty
Visit this site for sections on
  • People-centered budgets
  • Poverty Reduction Strategies
  • Poverty & Gender
  • Income Inequality & Poverty Reduction
  • Resource Center
UNDP and Poverty Eradication
The Poverty Mandate


Social Development & Poverty Elimination Division
WIID World Income Inequality Database
UNU/WIDER and UNDP/SEPED, in partnership with SIDA, have conducted an important research project entitled "Rising Income Inequality and Poverty Reduction: Are They Compatible?" The project aims at critically evaluting different methods of measuring income inequality, understanding the dynamics of the relationship between economic growth, poverty alleviation, and income inequality. It will produce empirical and policy studies addressing the poverty policy implications of rising inequalities observed in most countries in the last two decades. An important component of this project is the UNU/WIDER -UNDP World Income Inequality Database (WIID).


Debt Relief & Poverty Reduction Strategies

A global communication and action oriented campaign against poverty
For the first time ever, the world has the wealth, the technology and the know how to eliminate poverty and social exclusion. Yet, poverty entraps the lives of 1.3 billion people around the globe and kills a child every 3 seconds.
The United Nations proclaimed 1997-2006 "Decade for the Eradication of Poverty". To turn that period into one of unprecedented progress, UNDP, the leading agency in the UN system for development co-operation, is launching a global mobilisation campaign and calls upon individuals, institutions, and private as well as public entities to each do their share of the collective effort required.
The campaign will explain that poverty can be overcome and that everyone can contribute to ending it. It is neither a fund-raising campaign nor does it seek to promote specific institutions or people. It is a call for concrete actions in every field and at every level. Its core message will be: "wherever you live, whoever you are, and whatever you already do, there is always something more you can do to make poverty decline".

UNDP Social Development and Poverty Elimination Programme (SEPED)
 Aims at providing catalytic support to country anti-poverty efforts by: (1) raising public awareness of the extent, distribution and causes of poverty, and creating political space for a debate on national development priorities; (2) strengthening the capacity of government agencies and civil society to gather, analyze and monitor social indicators and to review public policies, budgets and programmes that impact on people's well-being; (3) defining national goals and targets for the reduction of overall poverty and the elimination of extreme poverty; (4) improving coordination among agencies dealing with social and economic policy; and (5) building a consensus among public, private and civil society actors on the most effective means to tackle poverty in their country.
WWW site has information on programme, selection of full text publications.


SEPED Poverty & Gender Research Programmes and Initiatives


UNDP Human Development Report 1991


The lack of political commitment, not of financial resources, is often the real cause of human neglect. This is the main conclusion of Human Development Report 1991- the second in a series of annual reports on the subject. The Report points to an enormous potential for restructuring of both national budgets and international aid allocations in favour of human development. But the plea for greater allocative efficiency and more effective spending does not mean indifference to the need for economic growth, or for increased resource mobilisation. On the contrary. The Report's position is that a more efficient and effective public sector will help strengthen the private role in human development. And the best argument for additional resources is that the existing funds are well spent.
Human Development Report 1991 lays the foundations for a fresh set of priorities. It explains how they can be chosen, how they can be assessed-and why we can afford to pay for them.
Future reports will build on this foundation. The aim will be to refine further the concepts and the methods of measurement-and to distil more practical experience from many countries. Another aim will be to do more research and analysis on participatory development and to examine the global dimensions of human development, looking at familiar international issues from a human perspective.
The final message of this year's Report is one of hope. If the obstacles to human development lie in the paucity of resources, in insuperable technical barriers, the task would be hopeless. We know instead that it is too often a lack of political commitment, not of resources, that is the ultimate cause of human neglect. If we can mobilize the political base for action-nationally and globally-the future of human development is secure.


UNDP Human Development Report 1993


The Report examines how and how much people participate in the events and processes that shape their lives. It looks at three major means of peoples' participation: people-friendly markets, decentralised governance and community organisations, especially non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and suggests concrete policy measures to address the growing problems of jobless growth. The Report concludes that five pillars of a people centred world order must be built:

• new concepts of human security
• new strategies for sustainable human development
• new partnerships between state and markets
• new patterns of national and global governance
• new forms of international


UNDP Human Development Report 1994


The Report introduces a new concept of human security, which equates security with people rather than territories, with development rather than arms. It examines both the national and the global concerns of human security. The Report seeks to deal with these concerns through a new paradigm of sustainable human development, capturing the potential peace dividend, a new form of development co-operation and a restructured system of global institutions. It proposes that the World Summit for Social Development approve a world social charter, endorse a sustainable human development paradigm, create a global human security fund by capturing the future peace dividend, approve a 20/20 compact for human priority concerns, recommend global taxes for resource mobilisation and establish an Economic Security Council.


UNDP Human Development Report 1995


Human Development, If not engendered, is endangered. That is the simple but far- reaching message of Human Development Report 1995. The Report analyses the progress made in reducing gender disparities in the past few decades, highlights the wide and persistent gap between women's expanding capabilities and limited opportunities, introduces two new measures for ranking countries on a global scale by their performance in gender equality, analyses the under-
valuation and non-recognition of women's work and offers a five-point strategy for equalising gender opportunities in the decade ahead. An innovative feature of this year's Report is the design of two new composite indices - the gender related development index (GDI) and the gender empowerment measure (GEM), both of which rank countries on a global scale of gender equality. The GDI captures gender inequality in human capabilities, and the GEM reflects inequalities in key areas of political and economic participation and decision-making. The Report also brings together, for the first time, considerable data from a sample of countries on the contributions of women and men to paid and unpaid work. The Report concludes that that the unvalued contribution of women is so large that any reasonable valuation would lead to a fundamental change in the premises on which today's economic, social and political structures are founded.


UNDP Human Development Report 1996

The Report argues that economic growth, if not properly managed, can be jobless, voiceless, ruthless, rootless and futureless, and thus detrimental to human development. The quality of growth is therefore as important as its quantity¾ for poverty reduction, human development and sustainability.
The Report concludes that the links between economic growth and human development must be deliberately forged and regularly fortified by skillful and intelligent policy management. It identifies employment as critical for translating the benefits of economic growth into the lives of people. But for this to happen, new patterns of growth will need to be developed and sustained well into the 21st century¾ and new mechanisms must be developed to integrate the weak and the vulnerable into the expanding global economy.


UNDP Human Development Report 1997: Eradication of Poverty

Eradicating poverty everywhere is more than a moral imperative - it is a practical possibility. That is the most important message of the Human Development Report 1997. The world has the resources and the know-how to create a poverty-free world in less than a generation.
The Report focuses not just on poverty of incomes but on poverty from a human development perspective - poverty as a denial of choices and opportunities for living a tolerable life. The strategies proposed in the Report go beyond income redistribution - encompassing action in the critical areas of gender equality, pro-poor growth, globalization and the democratic governance of development.

Main features of the Report

  • A new concept and measurement of poverty, including the new "Human Poverty Index", or HPI. This index provides a country-by-country analysis that goes beyond the conventional yardstick of income, measuring deprivation in longevity, education and economic provisionings.
  • A global view of poverty trends providing data on the impressive achievements in poverty eradication and an analysis of some distressing setbacks.
  • A thought-provoking analysis of the impact of economic globalization on poor countries and poor people.
  • A discussion on the politics of poverty and the need to create a democratic space for partnerships between government, civil society and the private sector, all joining together to fight poverty.
  • A six point action agenda, starting with empowerment of the poor by building the assets of poor communities and poor people based on gender equality, pro-poor growth and people-friendly markets, demanding better management of globalization, and stronger national and global commitments for poverty eradication.
UNESCO - Education For All Forum
The International Consultative Forum on Education for All, or the EFA Forum, as it is generally known, is a coalition of agencies and specialists that keeps basic education high on the world's political agenda. It was set up after the World Conference on Education for All in 1990 to guide follow-up action and provide a forum for continuous consultation among governments and their partners. Its goal? To expand and improve the provision of basic education in order to meet the basic learning needs of all children, youth and adults.
Since July 1998, some 180 countries have participated in the most in-depth assessment of basic education ever undertaken. Headed by a national EFA coordinator, national assessment teams have prepared reports outlining the progress towards education for all as well as pinpointing shortcomings towards that goal since 1990 in their country.


UNICEF site on Convention on the Rights of the Child


United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF's web page offers a good overview of initiatives to improve the health of children around the globe. Includes the annual Progress of Nations, with a special section on health (


United Nations Children's Fund (Voices of Youth)
You can share ideas about important world issues.
You'll find activities to do and problems to solve.
Teachers (and others) can discuss global education and online learning.


United Nations Environment and Development UK Committee (UNED-UK) UNED-UK Report: The UN World Summit for Social Development: A New Vision.
By Gilbert West. Edited by Tom Bigg. London 1996
TXT format (294 KB)  ZIP format (97 KB)


United Nations Environment and Development UK Committee (UNED-UK)
Stakeholder Toolkit for Women
A web-site covering all UN Summit and Conferences since 1992. Providing UN documents, NGO documents, and tools like networking opportunities, links, schedules, etc.


UNED-UK Tobin Tax for Social Development (June 2000)
Peer-reviewed paper 
UNED-UK Summary of NGOs views, concerns and goals on Copenhagen+5
Based on a questionnaire exercise and analysis of NGO documents from the 2nd PrepCom


UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN Youth Information Network
UN World Programme for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond
World Youth Forum
UN Youth Bulletin
Calendars of Youth Meetings, 1997-1998
World Youth News
Links With Other World Youth Web Sites


UK Government's Social Exclusion Unit
The latest in the series of policy reports from the UK Government's Social Exclusion Unit has been released. Entitled 'Jobs for All', the report for Policy Action Team 1 addresses issues around employment and social exclusion. The report also includes an examination of the role transport and access to jobs plays in the equation and it makes a series of policy recommendation
However it is 186 pages long and takes several minutes to download and half a forest to print. For an abridged version of the report see
This details only the part of the report on mobility and access to jobs.


UK Government - 
DfID Department for International Development
The 1997 White Paper, 'Eliminating World Poverty: A Challenge for the 21st Century', is published online in full in English and French, in text and PDF versions
Globalisation and Development
Outline of a new White Paper on International Development (with a specific focus on the changes resulting from globalisation and the opportunities and challenges this presents for faster progress in systematically reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development in the poorest countries). 
DFID welcomes ideas from the wider public within and outside the UK on these important questions (comments should be sent by 31 May 2000). 
DfID suggestions on social policy principles


UK Local Government International Bureau (LGIB)

  • Promoting UK local government
  • Promoting local democracy
  • Informing UK local government
  • International Links and exchange of experience

LGIB facilitates linking between local authorities in the UK and worldwide. Its extensive database of linking partners across the world puts local communities in touch with one another. From its roots in cultural exchanges and town twinning, linking has developed to become a channel through which local authorities share best practice and experience.

The European Twinning Market on the LGIB website offers an online service – where communities, local authorities and twinning associations can search for partners.

international local government capacity building
LGIB promotes international local government capacity building to support counterparts in developing countries. LGA and LGIB have launched LGAID – Local Government Association International Development - to deliver international development programmes. LGIB works closely with IULA in international development cooperation.

Working with the Department for International Development, LGIB manages the Local Authority Technical Links Scheme, to provide project funding for partnerships with local authorities in Central and Eastern Europe. LGIB also works with local government in countries seeking membership of the European Union.


UK LGIB: Committee of the Regions
Political priorities
Each mandate adopts a programme of policy priorities for the work of CoR. Its aim is to influence and impact on the EU legislative procedure.
During the period 1998 - 2002, CoR will concentrate on the following issues.

  • enlargement
  • employment, training and SMEs
  • environment
  • European citizenship
  • urban policy

Local Government Association (LGA)


Policy Announcements
The Association plays a very active role in the development of innovative policies for local government and makes substantial contributions - to central government and others - to the achievement of policies on a wide range of issues which are of paramount corporate importance to the organisation and its member authorities. These often involve the creation of policy statements, briefings, commentaries and other valuable resources and the aim of this changing area of LGAnet is to help provide quick and easy access to current issues across the range of local government interests and activities.


Policy Papers on Social Affairs

  • Local Inclusion - case studies of the local government role in promoting social justice and social inclusion - LGA Publication - July 1999 (190k PDF)
  • The White Paper on Public Health: Saving Lives - Our Healthier Nation - LGA Briefing - July 1999 (52k PDF)
  • Promoting Social Justice and Social Inclusion : The Local Government Role - February 1999
    Social Exclusion Update - LGA Briefing
    - December 1999 (48k PDF)
  • The Social Services White Paper 1998 - LGA Briefing - December 1998
    Welfare Reform Green Paper - "New Ambitions for our Country: A New Contract for Welfare"
    - Views of the Local Government Association - March 1998 (83k PDF)
  • LGA Response to the consultation on the Health Act 1999 - "Modern partnerships for the people" - December 1999 (53k PDF)
    LGA Response to "Working Together to Safeguard Children - a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children" - November 1999 (17k PDF)


UK LGA Promoting Social Justice and Social Inclusion - The Local


UK The LGA's policy priorities 1999 -2000
The LGA's eight policy priorities for 1999/2000 are as follows:
better local government - we support the development of a reformed and strengthened framework for renewing local democracy, with greater financial autonomy and accountability, and greater probity and public service in local government.
social exclusion - our objective is to develop the national debate on the problems which lead to social exclusion and build on the work authorities have pioneered for many years. regeneration - we have developed a model for the New Commitment to Regeneration by empowering local communities and developing a strategy for change.
education - we are seeking to strengthen the vital education role of local authorities by developing partnerships with other national bodies in support of educational measures.
child care - we aim to ensure that the planning of early years services reflects the leadership role of local authorities, and support an expansion of day care and early years education provision.
health - local authorities are being encouraged to work for healthier communities and tackle health inequalities by taking a role in the development of primary care groups, health improvement programmes and Health Action Zones.
integrated transport - local authorities lead the way in encouraging the use of public transport and thereby reducing congestion, ill-health and environment damage through a programme of partnerships between local authorities and other agencies.
future agenda - the future agenda for local government is involves continuing the drive for modernisation and change into the next millennium.

Key Commitments
The LGA has also established five key commitments for local government to demonstrate its commitment to new ways of working:

  • Maintaining the highest standards of probity in the conduct of public affairs
  • Providing civic leadership by speaking for our communities
  • Securing Best Value and the provision of services of the highest standard
  • Engaging with our residents and our partners in broadening and deepening local democracy
  • Reviewing and experimenting with the way local government conducts its business
United Kingdom Women's National Commission, WNC UK
the official, independent, advisory body giving the views of women to the Government. It is the only organisation of this kind in the UK. It ensures that women's views are taken into account by the Government and are heard in public debate. On the website there is information on Beijing+5, UK links and world links to related websites and publications can be found.


United States-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP)
US-AEP is a public-private initiative that promotes environmentally sustainable development in Asia. US-AEP is jointly implemented by several U.S. government agencies, under the leadership of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).


US AID Regions and Countries
The U.S Agency for International Development is the U.S. federal government agency that implements America's foreign economic and humanitarian assistance programs. USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law and created by executive order USAID.
Since that time, USAID has been the principle U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. We provide assistance in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean, and; Europe and Eurasia.
US AID Famine Early Warning System
- Youth Page



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Virtual Sisterhood
a global women's electronic support network, is dedicated to strengthening and magnifying the impact of feminist organizing through promotion of electronic communications use within the global women's movement. The website provides an electronic conference and mailing list for women activists, a sampler of women's online resources, a global directory of women's organisations and electronic communication and more.



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War on Want, UK
War on Want is at the cutting edge of international campaigning and practical solidarity. It helps people find their own solutions and campaign against the root causes of poverty. In the struggle to end exploitation and oppression War on Want is on the front-line, challenging the powerful and helping the dispossessed fight back.
Go to 'Campaigns'  for a section on Tobin Tax


a project of the International Women's Tribune Centre to market and distribute books on women and development worldwide. It includes 250+ titles from publishers all over the world, and is the exclusive distributor of publications from the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). The website features a catalogue of available books.


Women in the Middle East
index of useful Net resources about women's economic, social and political situation in the Middle East (over 150 web sites).


Women-Connect-Asia Website
a website for women in Asia that also provides a searchable database to help women in Asia and beyond to connect. The website offers women free registration and a listing for their company. 


Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO)
a global organization working to increase women's visibility, roles and leadership in public policy-making through peace, gender, human rights, environmental and economic justice campaigns; through advocacy nationally, regionally, at the United Nations and in international financial institutions; and through local actions. The website offers, for example, information about women and environment, women and the global economy as well as job opportunities and newsletters.


Wedo Primer Women & Trade
November 1999
A Gender Agenda for the World Trade Organization
1. Mandate inclusion of women and gender in economic decision-making and governance
2. Strengthen women's capacity to attain economic equity
3. Protect women's control over their health and safety
4. Prevent TNC exploitation of women's indigenous knowledge and plant genetic resources


Women's Human Rights Database Group: DIANA at the University of Toronto


Women's Feature Service, USA
a news-feature service that reports from 40 countries in all regions of the world. WFS's network of women journalists produces approximately 400 articles a year, written from a women's perspective, with a special focus on developing countries. The entire WFS feed of six features per week is available through an E-mail subscription. Every week all the WFS articles are compiled into a Weekly Digest and sent via e-mail (not a free service) to your Internet address. One current WFS article and summaries of all other WFS features are posted weekly in the conference "wfs.english" on the APC networks.


Women in Global Science and Technology (WIGSAT), Canada
supports global networking on critical issues in science and technology for development. This includes women’s formal and nonformal science and technology practices around the world, for policy advocacy and action which promotes their S&T contributions to sustainable development. The website provides an International Bibliography on Gender, Science and Technology, publications, the Once and Future Action Network (OFAN) and more.


The Women Leaders’ Network (WLN)
Promotion of gender perspectives into APEC (Asia Pacific Cooperation)


Women’s Net, South Africa  
Training programmes for South African women in the use of Internet resources, facilitation of access and practical information for women already using the Net. Also provides a large compilation of links.


Women of Africa Resources, USA
Links to African women’s literature available via the Internet


World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty
Geneva will host the second Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) from 3 to 5 April 2000.
Jointly organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the City of Geneva, this second forum will bring together some 400 participants representing cities "from all the continents", as well as non governmental organisations and associations, gathered to discuss the implementation of effective measures to eradicate poverty in cities. Its aim is to enhance decentralised cooperation and cities' partnership with States and civil society so as to increase the effectiveness of the fight against poverty.
In the course of three days participants in the Geneva Forum will share their experience in the field of the eradication of poverty. The issues under discussion will focus on decentralisation, development and cooperation. The plenary session will present these issues in the light of local financial resources. Four workshops will deal with urban governance, pioneering social programmes, international cooperation between cities and the city in the new millennium.


World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations
YMCAs work with people in the community irrespective of religious, racial, gender or cultural background. This commitment has also led the YMCA to work for social change, addressing the root causes of issues and problems faced by people.


World Bank - Poverty Lines
Poverty Lines is a brief, two-page newsletter summarising World Bank research on poverty. Mostly summaries of work appearing as LSMS working papers. Available in print and on the World Bank www site. While the working papers summarized may be technical in presentation and require training in economic theory or statistics to read, the summaries provided by Poverty Lines are written for readers who may not have this training.


World Bank - Development Economics Vice President (DEC)
World Bank - Development Economics Vice President (DEC)
Offering a range of analytical and training activities with a focus on: causes/consequences of long term growth; redefining the role of the state; aid effectiveness; global integration.
DEC is organisationally responsible for a number of units/programmes including the Economic Development Institute (EDI), International Economics Department (IEC), Policy Research Department (PRD), Research Advisory Staff (RAD) and World Development Report (WDR): see separate entries for each of these.
This site organises information from all DEC programmes on a thematic and organisational basis, including a separate section on learning resources aimed at teachers and trainers.


World Bank - Partnerships for Poverty Reduction
Documentation and support for initiatives on poverty reduction for the Latin American and Caribbean region
Programme sponsored by the Economic Development Institute (EDI) at the World Bank, UNDP and the Interamerican Foundation (IAF).
WWW site includes:
(a) Database of poverty related projects in Latin America and Caribbean. Some include summaries, and some are more extended case studies
(b) Bulletin boards
(c) Newsletter


The World Bank, Poverty Net
Website designed to serve a range of users by providing both broad introductions to key issues as well as more detailed analysis and data for researchers and practitioners.
This site includes full text materials, bibliographical references, newsletter, job announcements, statistical data.


World Bank 
Middle East and North Africa Region
World Bank's MNA mission is to help the governments and peoples of the Middle East and North Africa to achieve a rapid, equitable and sustainable economic growth that will be the best guarantor of broad-based prosperity and poverty reduction in the years to come. We believe that realizing this vision involves Bank support for countries' efforts in a range of priority areas.
Bank assistance in these and other areas needs is undertaken on the basis of a partnership approach, founded on a transparent policy dialogue and a participatory operational process, working closely with counterparts at all levels in member countries--public officials, businesspeople and academics, beneficiary and local community groups, and civil society as a whole.
Key Issues: - Human Development
                  - Microfinance
World Bank Sub-Saharan Africa Region
The World Bank Group in Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa will be the most important development challenge of the 21st century. As the millennium approaches, five years of steady growth in Africa have fostered economic revival in several countries, after decades of stagnation. In 1998, economic growth was less strong - at around 3.6%, compared to 4.6% in 1997 and 4.9% in 1996 - largely as a result of the Asian crisis
Key Issues: Gender; Human Development & AIDS
Sub-Saharan African Transport System


World Bank - Sustainable Banking with the Poor (SBP)
Project aiming to help improve the ability of donors, governments, and practitioners to build sustainable financial institutions that effectively reach the poor. SBP is a collaborative effort of the World Bank, Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the Ford Foundation.
This site has information on project, abstracts of working papers (some full text), directory of some 1000 microfinance institutions worldwide (dating from 1995) plus a lengthy inventory analysing this data and giving an overview of microfinance practices worldwide.


World Bank:
The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) 
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
was established on April 12, 1988, as the newest member organization of the World Bank Group. Its purpose is to encourage the flow of foreign direct investment to its developing member countries for economic development. Its primary means of facilitating investment is through the provision of investment guarantees against the risks of currency transfer, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance (political risks).


World Bank and International Monetary Fund

various sub-organisations of World Bank and IMF related to Africa

The World Bank's Page on Health, Nutrition & Population
The World Bank's page offers the complete text to many documents, while also providing links to their partner organizations.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of 120 international companies committed to sustainable development. Members are drawn from 30 countries and more than 20 major industrial sectors.


WBCSD in collaboration with United Nations

World Confederation of Labor (WCL)
The World Confederation of Labour (WCL) is an international trade union confederation uniting autonomous and democratic trade unions from 113 countries all over the world . Its head office is located in Brussels, Belgium, and it has over 26 million members, mainly from Third World countries. The past three years have been marked by the affiliation of mostly African and Central and Eastern European organisations.
WCL has become a workers’ organisation that draws its inspiration from humanist, ethical and moral values and protects the interests of the workers, women and men alike, throughout the world. The WCL has also adopted an independent attitude towards governments, political parties, power blocs, religions and churches.
Human Right and International Labour Standards Department
World Committee for Women Workers


World Conference on Religion and Peace
Founded in 1970, the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP) is organized on an international, regional and national basis, on every continent, and in some of the most troubled places on earth. WCRP is based on the principle of profound respect for religious differences, and is solely dedicated to multireligious cooperation for peace.
Links to
Faith and Interfaith Sites
Development Sites


World Council of Churches


World Development Movement "Barrier to pro-poor policies" (26th June 2000)
Full report available at 

The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) new Poverty Reduction Strategies are acting as barriers to policies benefiting the world's poorest people. The report, written for WDM by Ghanaian economist, Charles Abugre, comes as governments meet in Geneva for the UN Social Summit+5. Five years ago in Copenhagen, the first UN Social Summit recognised the harmful effects of IMF Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) and called for reforms to ensure that poverty reduction, not blind economic growth, was placed at the centre of IMF policies. "Still SAPping the Poor: A Critique of IMF Poverty Reduction Strategies" examines the IMF's successor to SAPs, the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers. It looks at the IMF's claims that PRSPs (which are a condition of debt relief) have poverty reduction at their core and are written by governments in consultation with their population. It finds both claims to be false and concludes that PRSPs are a significant "barrier to pro-poor policies". 


World Development Report on Poverty
In September 2000 the World Bank will publish its once-in-a-decade World Development Report on poverty. The Bank is widely circulating a draft WDR. There is a global on-line discussion of the draft from 21st February to 31st March. Participation is your opportunity to voice comments on the draft and potentially influence the final report.
go to this page to find a draft version of the WDR
World Directory of Development Organisations
Hundreds of links.
The aim of this project is to promote mutual cooperation, dissemination of data and exchange of experiences among organizations, associations and informal groups whose activity is development related. The directory contains basic information on known organizations - mainly NGOs - and their activities for development.


World Directory of Trade Unions
there are over 1500 links to international union organisations, national unions, locals and union resource sites in every continent.
Visit this site for more information on:
- Trade Union Resources on the Web
- Labour Movement News
- Schedule of Conferences, etc. 


World Faiths Development Dialogue
The World Faiths Development Dialogue is a dialogue between people of the world's religious or spiritual communities and the World Bank, on the subject of poverty and development. It arose at a conference of religious leaders, held in London in February 1998 and jointly chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Mr. James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank.


World Health Organization (WHO)
Founded in 1948, the World Health Organization leads the world alliance for Health for All.
A specialized agency of the United Nations with 191 Member States, WHO promotes technical cooperation for health among nations, carries out programmes to control and eradicate disease and strives to improve the quality of human life.
WHO has four main functions:
 - to give worldwide guidance in the field of health
 - to set global standards for health
 - to cooperate with governments in strengthening national health programmes
 - to develop and transfer appropriate health technology, information and standards.


World Health Report


Africa regional office
World Parliament
World interdependency keeps growing in all areas related to quality of life: environment, employment, health, food and security. They escape more and more from State control within national boundaries.
Read about the mission, legitimacy, representativity and working modalities of a World Parliament.


World Young Women's Christian Association
Each local YWCA is an autonomous community-based nongovernmental organization. As a non-profit membership association, each YWCA is run by and for women of the community and their families.
Local YWCAs are affiliated to the national YWCA of their country. The World YWCA unites and coordinates 95 affiliated national associations.
YWCA programmes and activities vary according to the needs of the women in the community. YWCA work can include leadership training, hostels for young women in need of housing, income-generating projects, health programmes, shelters for victims of violence, vocational skills training, development projects, and organizing to promote women's rights. YWCA programmes for families include pre-schools, day and after school care, and activities for older people.


W.I.S.D.O.M. – Women’s Internet Site Development and On-line Mentoring, Australia  
Skill enhancement for women in the use of Internet resources.

Worker Rights in the Global Economy
1999 - 2000
UNA-USA Global Policy Project
In the interest of promoting substantive discussion, UNA-USA is pleased to provide a broad reference list of groups offering a range of perspectives on the issue of worker "rights" and the impact of globalization on labor. Though not comprehensive, this list represents many of the well-known organizations working variously on questions of labor, commerce, trade, economic, or legal policy. Many of the descriptions are taken directly or paraphrased from the organizations' own web sites.


Working Women’s Forum - India
initiated in 1978 with a membership of 800 women, Working Women's Forum (India) is a mass movement of over 4,50,000 poor women workers engaged in 167 different occupations spread over 15 cultural contexts organised into neighbourhood groups of 8 to 10 members. Reversing the oppressions of caste, class and gender, the WWF is a Counter Culture by the poor women of India.



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Yachai Wasi
YACHAY WASI, Inc. was approved by the United Nations on March 27, 1997 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). After 3 years of review, the officers of Yachay Wasi were thrilled for having been selected regardless of their small budget proving that dedication, initiative and work are really what matter in this new day of Civil Society.
ACTIVITIES:  UN/NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples: On Columbus Day 1991 at the United Nations, Eliane Lacroix-Hopson, International Romani Union-NGO/ECOSOC, co-sponsored a NGO Committee toward the 1993 UN International Year of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The Year's theme was "Indigenous Peoples: A New Partnership". From the start, Marie Samuel, Mono Adventures (partnership with Luis Delgado), was invited to join the NGO Committee.


Yokohama Women's Association for Communication & Networking, Japan,
Information for community practitioners in practical issues


The Young Women's Web
Here you can find news of young women’s activities in YWCAs around the world, resources to lobby for young women’s full participation in YWCA decision-making, a calendar of events, and a review of international events related to young people.


The Secretariat of Youth for Habitat International Network

Visit for Youth Related Articles and Principles in Rio Declaration & Agenda 21.


Youth Section of the European Community European Office (ECHO) on Humanitarian Aid
This section addresses young people in particular: high school scholars, but also students and humanitarian field professionals who are interested in a specific post graduate education program.



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