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Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)

Subject Librarian

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Ryan Denniston

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PO Box 90175
Durham, NC 27708


Sample subject heading searches for topics of importance to NGOs

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

non-governmental organizations [country name]

non-governmental organizations India
non-governmental organizations Africa

NGO Directories and Statistics

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?"