Development Studies Internet Resources

Prof. William A. Joseph | Department of Political Science | Wellesley College



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Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) & Volunteer Organizations:

General Resouces

Directory of Development Organizations

    • The directory of development organizations, listing 53,750 development organizations, has been prepared to facilitate international cooperation and knowledge sharing in development work, both among civil society organizations, research institutions, governments and the private sector.

Duke University NGO Research Guide

NGO Worldline

    • Links to NGOs, most of which are development-related.

UN NGO Database

    • The searchable Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Database is compiled by the NGO Liaison Office of the Director-General's Office at UNOG. It contains information about the organizations that have Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

Specific Organizations

Arts For Global Development

    • Arts For Global Development is an international volunteer based initiative with a purpose of furthering interdisciplinary, multisectoral, cross-cultural and creative approach in social change, and facilitating creative sector and stakeholders of development together empower socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and communities worldwide, particularly children, youth, and women.


    • Our vision is of just, enlightened, healthy and democratic societies free from hunger, poverty, environmental degradation and all forms of exploitation based on age, sex, religion and ethnicity.


Global Citizen Corps

    • Global Citizen Corps is a national network of youth who think and act globally, have the passion to build a better world, and are committed to ending global poverty. As part of Mercy Corps, we’ve joined the movement of committed Americans who will transform the world.

Global Development Commons

    • Our small team is made up of development practitioners who are fascinated by innovations in technology and their potential for enriching people’s lives. is a pilot of the Global Development Commons, which is an initiative of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Global Poverty Project

    • The Global Poverty Project is the vision of Hugh Evans and Simon Moss, both of whom were intimately involved in the Australian MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaign. These two campaigners are committed to ending extreme poverty, and believe that citizens from around the world can make this vision a reality. The Global Poverty Project team is creating a slideshow presentation and film that will communicate the realities of extreme poverty and what can be done about it by everyday people around the world.

Global Witness

    • Global Witness exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems, to drive campaigns that end impunity, resource-linked conflict, and human rights and environmental abuses. Global Witness was the first organisation that sought to break the links between the exploitation of natural resources, and conflict and corruption

Helen Keller International

    • Founded in 1915 by Helen Keller and George Kessler, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international NGOs (non-governmental organizations) devoted to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition in the world. We currently work in 22 countries: 13 in Africa, 8 in Asia-Pacific, and the United States.


    • InterAction is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people.Collectively, InterAction’s 175 members work in every developing country. Members meet people halfway in expanding opportunities and supporting gender equality in education, health care, agriculture, small business, and other areas. The U.S. public shows its support for this work through contributions to InterAction members totaling around $6 billion annually

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

    • The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is the world’s premiere election assistance organization, providing countries with technical advice and tools to run democratic elections. IFES is an international, nonpartisan democracy development organization that works to give people a voice in the way they are governed.

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

    • ICRW seeks to promote a world free of poverty in which women and men, girls and boys have equal opportunities to achieve their potential and realize their rights.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

    • The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

Jubilee Debt Campaign

    • Jubilee Debt Campaign is demanding an end to the scandal of poor countries paying money to the rich world. We are calling for 100% cancellation of unpayable and unfair poor country debts.

Mercy Corps

    • Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.5 billion in assistance to people in 106 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America and Europe, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach nearly 16.4 million people in more than 35 countries.

One Shared World

    • One Shared World is an Academy for Educational Development (AED) campaign to raise awareness of global poverty and make it a vital part of the American dialog — especially among working women. Partial funding from USAID.

Partners For Development

    • PFD's mission is to work with vulnerable and underserved populations in developing countries to improve quality of life. With programs currently in Cambodia , Nigeria , Bosnia & Herzegovina and Tanzania , PFD is addressing local needs in public health, agriculture, veterinary health, and credit.

Plan (UK)

    • Plan is a child-centred community development organisation with no religious and political affiliations, enabling families and communities in the poorest countries to make lasting improvements to the lives of their children.

The Population Council

    • The Population Council, an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources.

Save the Children

    • Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.

The South Centre

    • The South Centre (the Centre) is an intergovernmental organization of developing countries established by an Intergovernmental Agreement (Treaty) which came into force on 31 July 1995 with its headquarters in Geneva. The South Centre has grown out of the work axand experience of the South Commission and its follow-up mechanism, and from recognition of the need for enhanced South-South co-operation. The Report of the South Commission -- emphasized that the South is not well organized at the global level and has thus not been effective in mobilizing its considerable combined expertise and experience, nor its bargaining power. The South Centre is therefore intended to meet the need for analysis of development problems and experience, as well as to provide intellectual and policy support required by developing countries for collective and individual action, particularly in the international arena.

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