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Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)

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.


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.


Association for Progressive Communications



APC advocates for and facilitates 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. 
APC Women's Networking Support Programme promotes gender-aware Internet design, implementation and use.
Through African members, APC is strengthening indigenous information sharing and independent networking capacity on the continent.

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.


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.


CARE - 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


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 


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.


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.
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.


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.
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

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
IIED is an independent, non-profit organisation with a mission to promote sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, consensus building and public information.
Monitoring and researching urban issues in the South
The Programme's main interest is in reducing poverty and improving health and housing conditions among the urban populations of Latin America, Asia and Africa, especially among low income groups. The Programme also seeks to combine this with promoting more ecologically sustainable patterns of urban development. Its work includes research, evaluation, technical assistance, seminars, publications and, in recent years, training and is carried out by a small team in London working with researchers and activists based in cities in the South. It also works closely with staff at IIED-América Latina in Buenos Aires.
Links to Publications on Urban Poverty Reduction, etc.


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


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….


Environmental Economics Programme (EEP)

The Environmental Economics Programme (EEP) seeks to develop and promote the application of economics to understand and address the links between natural resource use, environmental quality, economic development and poverty alleviation.
This is achieved through applied research, policy analysis and dissemination on three broad themes:

  • the impact of economic policies, market liberalisation and globalisation on natural resource management, pollution and environmental quality
  • the economic value of natural resources, environmental services and damages, and their distribution among different stakeholder groups
  • and designing policy incentives and institutional reforms to meet the twin goals of poverty alleviation and internalisation of environmental values in decision-making.


Euforic - Europe's Forum on International Cooperation
Social Development and International Cooperation

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.


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


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. 


American Council for Volontary International Action


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.

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.
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.


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.


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.


The Panos Institute
The Panos Institute is an independent information agency that provides news and perspectives on issues from developing countries, specialising in information for development, and stimulating public debate by providing accessible information on environmental and social development issues. 


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

Society for International Development (SID)
Created in 1957, the Society for International Development (SID) is a 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 multisectoral approach to development and social change.


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)

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


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.


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.
Third World Network
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


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


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 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.


Housing NGOs

Habitat International Coalition (HIC)
HIC is an independent international non-profit Coalition of organisations and individuals working in the area of human settlements. Members include NGOs, CBOs, academic and research institutions, civil society organisations and like-minded individuals, from 80 countries in both North and South. The binding factor is a shared set of objectives, which shape HIC's commitment to communities working to secure housing and improve their habitat conditions.


International Union of Tenants
IUT is a Non Governmental Organisation, founded in 1926 in Zürich, Switzerland, with the purpose of safeguarding the interests of tenants. IUT is a non-party political organisation, working along democratic lines.
IUT has got 40 member associations in 35 countries, of which 24 are European. These 24 countries also form an IUT European Committee.
IUT is in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

Environment and Urbanization




The Human Settlements Programme also publish the journal Environment and Urbanization:
This is a twice yearly journal about urban and environmental issues which concentrates mostly on Africa, Asia and Latin America. Most papers are written by leading specialists from these regions for a general audience. One of the most widely distributed journals in its field - it keeps you in touch with what researchers, community organizers and staff from NGOs and public agencies from the South think about environment and development issues.


Urban Poverty Reduction Programme
Human Settlements
A new series of papers, launched in 1996, with case studies of the experience of government agencies and NGOs that have implemented large scale poverty reduction programmes over the last 10 years.

Monitoring and researching urban issues in the South
Human Settlements
The Programme's main interest is in reducing poverty and improving health and housing conditions among the urban populations of Latin America, Asia and Africa, especially among low income groups. The Programme also seeks to combine this with promoting more ecologically sustainable patterns of urban development. Its work includes research, evaluation, technical assistance, seminars, publications and, in recent years, training and is carried out by a small team in London working with researchers and activists based in cities in the South. It also works closely with staff at IIED-América Latina in Buenos Aires.


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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