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Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO): Getting Started

Duke NGO Database

The selection of NGOs appearing in this database primarily reflects the research interests of Duke researchers and students. No claims to completeness or representative sample size are made. Please send suggestions for additions to Christof Galli (christof dot galli at duke dot edu).

Quick Listings: Books

For books on NGOs in specific countries, perform a subject search in the online catalog for:

non-governmental organizations [country name], for instance:

non-governmental organizations India or
non-governmental organizations Africa

Statistics on NGOs

Statistics on NGOs are available in:

Yearbook of International Organizations Online Duke Only!

Noteworthy Sites

Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) Data

CCAPS climate security vulnerability data provides information on four sources of vulnerability: physical exposure to climate-related hazards, population density, household and community resilience, and governance and political violence.

See also:

NGO Custom Search Engine

This search engine searches sites which were chosen based on their consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and also collated from University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, Duke University Libraries' NGO Research Guide, and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO). (More information here.)

Custom Search

Key NGO Listings

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly influential in world affairs. They often impact the social, economic and political activities of communities and the country as a whole. NGOs address a host of issues, including, but not limited to, women’s rights,  environmental protection, human rights, economic development, political rights, or health care. In numerous countries, NGOs have led the way in democratization, in battling diseases and illnesses, in promoting and enforcing human rights, and in increasing standards of living.

International governmental organizations (IGOs) (e.g. UN, EU, OAS, etc.) work closely with NGOs. Here are several listings of NGOs which are affiliated with specific IGOs:

For a detailed discussion on what a non-governmental organization is, what their structure is, or how they operate, please take a look at Peter Willetts' article "What is a non-governmental organization?"

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