Virtual Library

This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a frequently updated Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. These sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online. Each website is described only in general terms because of the typically rapid changes in details of its contents and features.




NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS


Directories, Clearing Houses, Networks, and Search Engines
Some Principal Organizations


Directories, Clearing Houses, Networks, and Search Engines

 

Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations-- "Independent, international, non-profit membership association of non-governmental organizations. It facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decision-making... to ensure that NGO voices be heard throughout the international arena."


Google Custom Non-governmental Organizations Search Engine-- Searches are limited to contents of major NGO websites.


Idealist-- Global clearinghouse of nonprofit and volunteering resources, listing thousands of nonprofit and community organizations in scores of countries, searchable by name, location or mission, with much information on job, internship, and volunteer opportunities.

One World-- "Online media gateway for independently produced news on a host of issues that impact people worldwide... both a search engine and online community for organizations and individuals seeking in-depth information or guidance on how to become involved in addressing challenges facing people worldwide."


UN and Civil Society-- Information about the UN's Non-Governmental Liaison Service and a directory of the thousands of NGOs and other civil society organizations affiliated as partners with the UN in national and global issues.


Union of International Associations-- A large master index with a wealth of information about intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, by the Brussels group responsible for tracking them. You can search for specific IGOs and NGOs through the International Organizations page or the Link Directory. Research documents about international organization are also available online.


World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations-- "International organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well being... helps to provide the mechanism and support needed for NGOs to connect, partner, share, inspire, and multiply their contributions to solve humanity’s basic problems." Note the searchable Worldwide NGO Directory.


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Some Principal Organizations


Administration and Cost of Elections (ACE) Project.-- "Your portal to the world of elections... [ACE] promotes credible, and transparent electoral processes with emphasis on sustainability, professionalism and trust in the electoral process [and] offers a wide range of services related to electoral knowledge, assistance and capacity development." Really fine "online knowledge repository that provides comprehensive information and customized advice on electoral processes," including a huge Encyclopedia of Elections.


Amnesty International-- The foremost NGO in the protection of human rights worldwide. Many publications online.

Bretton Woods Project-- NGO that works to monitor and reform the World Bank and IMF, tracking key policy statements and reports, and providing critiques and early warnings used by NGOs across the world. Issues analysis, glossary, briefings, reports, newsletter, links.

Changemakers-- Organization dedicated to "the rapidly growing world of social entrepreneurship. Its mission is to provide inspiration, resources, and opportunities for those interested in social change throughout the world." Features journal, library, viewpoints, multimedia, and creative resourcing sections.

Global Governance Watch-- "Joint project of the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies... to raise awareness of the growing global governance movement and to address issues of transparency and accountability at the United Nations, in NGOs, and related international organizations. In particular, the project monitors issues of national sovereignty and the ways in which the agendas of international organizations influence domestic politics."

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy-- "With headquarters in the United States and Germany... one of Europe's leading organisations in the field of cultural exchange... [whose] research and programmes in the area of cultural communication and rapprochement offer viable alternatives to enhance traditional diplomatic policy." Posts information, studies, and opportunities for "inter- and intra- cultural dialogue between different cultures."

InterAction-- The American Council for Voluntary International Action is a coalition of more than 180 U.S.-based nonprofit organizations working worldwide. This site links to many other international sites, and has press releases, situation reports on hot spots, archives of the magazine Monday Developments, and updates on legislative issues that impact international development and humanitarian work.

International Foundation for Election Systems-- Private, nonprofit U.S. organization supporting electoral and other democratic institutions in emerging, evolving, and experienced democracies--"one of the world's premier democracy and governance assistance organizations." Excellent electoral information and analysis. See the Election Guide for election news and analysis worldwide.

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance-- Aims to promote and advance sustainable democracy, improve and consolidate electoral processes world-wide, and provide a forum for discussions and action among individuals and organizations involved in democracy promotion. This excellent site from Sweden offers news, analyses, and databases. Note especially Democracy and Gender and the Voter Turnout Website.

International Trade Union Confederation-- "The ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions." Posts news and analysis of a wide variety of labor-related issues around the world and the Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights.

Population Reference Bureau-- Excellent for authoritative data and analysis on world, regional, and national population and demographics trends. Features a large multimedia repository. Note their Annual Report and their annual World Population Data Sheet for "up-to-date demographic, health, and environment data for all the countries and major regions of the world." Search for data and analysis by topic, region, or country. The handy DataFinder has comparable data on well over 100 population, health, and environment variables for over 200 countries, 29 world regions and sub-regions, and the world as a whole and allows user-created tables. The quarterly Population Bulletins on selected topics are very useful.

Third World Network-- Reports and angles on development issues from the perspectives of the developing countries, from an independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World, and North- South issues. Fine site covering many issues, with numerous publications online and links to others off-site.


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This section of the WWW Virtual Library system was created, and is edited and maintained, by Dr. Wayne A.Selcher, Professor of International Studies Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2288  U.S.A., as a volunteer and non-profit public service. This website copyright 1997-present by Wayne A. Selcher. E-mail: selchewa@etown.edu