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).
Statistics on NGOs
Statistics on NGOs are available in:
NGO 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.)
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:
- The European Commission and Civil Society
- Directory of Development Organizations
- Encyclopedia of Associations (via Gale Directory Library) (Duke Only!)
- International Organizations - Europa World Duke Only!
- Registry of Civil Society Organizations Within OAS
- UN NGO Database
- Union of International Associations Duke Only!
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?"