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Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

The amount of information on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on the Internet is enormous, so locating NGO information by subject or geography can be difficult. The following links and especially the NGO search engine below may help you get started. The UC Berkeley libraries also obtain print publications from NGOs, which can be located by searching in the Pathfinder or Melvyl catalogs.


NGO Custom Search Engine


This search engine was developed by David Oldenkamp at Indiana University and James Jacobs at Stanford. The site seaches NGOs with Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, sites listed on the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, the Duke University Libraries' NGO Research Guide and others.



International Guides & Directories

Directory of Development Organizations. Over 47,000 organizations of all kinds listed by region and country. One of the most extensive compilation of NGO country directories.

G8 Information Research Center. Site for the G8 research group at the University of Toronto. Contains excellent information on the G8 and civil society.

Global Policy Forum: NGOs. Reference guide for NGOs in the fields of international affairs, business, social and economic justice, and other topics.

Idealist.Org. Includes a searchable directory of over 52,000 organizations by name, mission, country of focus, and more.

InterAction. Alliance of US-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations, with links to more than 150 member organizations. Includes a Searchable database of documents by country, region and topic

The NGO Cafe. "Meeting place for NGOs to discuss, debate and disseminate information on their work, strategies and results".

Non-Governmental Organizations Research Guide (Duke University). Guide enabling users to browse NGOs alphabetically, by issue, region, and affiliation. Also highlights organizations providing access to statistical data.

TakingITGlobal. International non-profit organization centered on young people interested in connecting across cultures. Outstanding source of NGO information by country and area of focus. Go to browse organizations.

Union of International Associations. (UCB Only) Details of international non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, as well as names and biographical information of presidents, general secretaries, and other officers.

USAID Directory of Registered NGOs. From the US Agency for International Development.

WANGO. World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. Excellent NGO directory by region.


Regional Guides & Directories

Africa South of the Sahara. Outstanding directory of online information resources related to Africa. Search or browse by country and topic. Includes hundreds of links to African NGOs.

European Union Register of Interest Representatives . Directory and information about the EU's formal consultative bodies and nonprofit civil society organizations.

Human Rights Nongovernmental Organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa. From the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library.

NGOsIndia Enormous web portal of over 20,000 NGOs based in India. Searchable and browseable by Indian State.

Non-Governmental Organizations in Latin America. From the University of Texas at Austin Latin American Network Information Center (UT-LANIC).

WANGO. World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. Excellent NGO directory by region.


NGOs and the United Nations

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the main body of the United Nations with which NGOs have consultative status.

The Global Compact UN compact with businesses worldwide to address principles in the fields of human rights, labour, the environment and corruption.

Global Issues - UN System Partnerships. Directory of UN partnerships with civil society, by broad topic.

NGOs Associated with the UN Department of Public Information. Directory of over 1,400 NGOs affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information.

NGOs with Consultative Status with the UN Economic & Social Council. Includes la searcg engine and listing of NGOS with UN ECOSOC counsultative status, reports, and other links.

UN NGO Database (United Nations Office in Geneva). Non-Governmental Organizations database compiled by the NGO Liaison Office of the Director-General's Office at UNOG.

United Nations and Civil Society. Gateway site to various elements of the UN involved in partnerships with civil society: business, the media, and NGOs.

United Nations Foundation. Foundation created in 1998 from Ted Turner's one billion gift to support UN causes and activities.

United Nations Fund for International Partnerships. UN liaison office for the United Nations Foundation - "the UN and the private sector working together."

United Nations/NGO Liaison Service. Small office promoting partnerships between the United Nations and non-governmental organizations.