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International Inter-Governmental & Non-Governmental Organizations: Non-Governmental Organizations


What is an NGO? 

  • An NGO, or Non-governmental Organization, is an organization focused on humanitarian issues, often social problems with a political aspect (eg. human rights, relief services, women's rights).  
  • NGOs may recieve partial or full funding from governments (including Inter-Governmental Organizations) but are not directly part of the structure of any government.  NGOs also generally exclude government representatives from membership. 

What kind of information do international NGOs produce?

  • Publications describing their work
  • Publications describing and evaluating problems
  • Policy suggestions (eg. green papers)
  • Conference papers and publications
  • Case studies
  • International statistics concerning humanitarian issues

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Additional NGO Resources


Logos for a number of NGOs: BirdLife International, WWF, Global Water Partnership, IUCN-US, Conservation International, Catholic Relief Services, and The Nature Conservancy.

A small sampling of environmental NGO logos.

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