Virtual Library

This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is an Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics. Sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online.


Directories, Clearing Houses, Networks, and Search Engines
Selected Nongovernmental Organizations

Directories, Clearing Houses, Networks, and Search Engines for Nongovernmental Organizations


Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations-- "Independent, international, non-profit membership association of non-governmental organizations. It facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decision-making... to ensure that NGO voices be heard throughout the international arena."

Google Custom Non-governmental Organizations Search Engine-- Searches are limited to contents of major NGO websites.

Idealist-- Global clearinghouse of nonprofit and volunteering resources, listing over 100,000 nonprofit and community organizations in scores of countries, searchable by name, location or mission, with much information on job, internship, and volunteer opportunities.

NGO Branch, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs-- Provides lists of the thousands of NGOs that work in consultation with the UN's Economic and Social Council and of other NGOs that work with the UN in other capacities, as well as information about UN activities that are of interest to NGOs.

NGO Research Guide-- From Duke University Libraries, a multi-part guide to NGOs and their work that includes a directory of hundreds of NGOs that "primarily reflects the research interests of Duke researchers and students."

UN and Civil Society-- Information about the UN's Non-Governmental Liaison Service and a directory of the thousands of NGOs and other civil society organizations affiliated as partners with the UN in national and global issues.

Union of International Associations-- A large master index with a wealth of information about intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, by the Brussels group responsible for tracking them. You can search for specific IGOs and NGOs through the Yearbook of International Organizations.

World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations-- "International organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well being... helps to provide the mechanism and support needed for NGOs to connect, partner, share, inspire, and multiply their contributions to solve humanity’s basic problems." Note the searchable Worldwide NGO Directory.

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Selected Nongovernmental Organizations

Administration and Cost of Elections (ACE) Project.-- "Your portal to the world of elections... [ACE] promotes credible, and transparent electoral processes with emphasis on sustainability, professionalism and trust in the electoral process [and] offers a wide range of services related to electoral knowledge, assistance and capacity development." Really fine "online knowledge repository that provides comprehensive information and customized advice on electoral processes," including a huge Encyclopedia of Elections.

Amnesty International-- The foremost NGO in the protection of human rights worldwide. Many publications online.

Bretton Woods Project-- NGO that works to monitor and reform the World Bank and IMF, tracking key policy statements and reports, and providing critiques and early warnings used by NGOs across the world. Issues analysis, glossary, briefings, reports, newsletter, links.

Global Governance Watch-- "Joint project of the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies... to raise awareness of the growing global governance movement and to address issues of transparency and accountability at the United Nations, in NGOs, and related international organizations. In particular, the project monitors issues of national sovereignty and the ways in which the agendas of international organizations influence domestic politics."

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy-- "With headquarters in the United States and Germany... one of Europe's leading organisations in the field of cultural exchange... [whose] research and programmes in the area of cultural communication and rapprochement offer viable alternatives to enhance traditional diplomatic policy." Posts information, studies, and opportunities for "inter- and intra- cultural dialogue between different cultures."

InterAction-- The American Council for Voluntary International Action is a coalition of more than 180 U.S.-based nonprofit organizations working worldwide. This site links to many other international sites, and has press releases, situation reports on hot spots, archives of the magazine Monday Developments, and updates on legislative issues that impact international development and humanitarian work.

International Foundation for Election Systems-- Private, nonprofit U.S. organization supporting electoral and other democratic institutions in emerging, evolving, and experienced democracies--"one of the world's premier democracy and governance assistance organizations." Excellent electoral information and analysis. See the Election Guide for election news and analysis worldwide.

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance-- Aims to promote and advance sustainable democracy, improve and consolidate electoral processes world-wide, and provide a forum for discussions and action among individuals and organizations involved in democracy promotion. This excellent site from Sweden offers news, analyses, and many databases relevant to elections and political participation.

International Trade Union Confederation-- "The ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions." Posts news and analysis of a wide variety of labor-related issues around the world and the Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights.

Population Reference Bureau-- Excellent for authoritative data and analysis on world, regional, and national population and demographics trends. Features a large multimedia repository. Note their Annual Report and their annual World Population Data Sheet for "up-to-date demographic, health, and environment data for all the countries and major regions of the world." Search for data and analysis by topic, region, or country. The handy DataFinder has comparable data on hundreds of population, health, and environment indicators for over 200 countries, world regions and sub-regions, and the world as a whole. This feature provides customizable data tables.

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This section of the WWW Virtual Library system was created, and is edited and maintained, by Dr. Wayne A.Selcher, Professor of International Studies Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2288  U.S.A., as a volunteer and non-profit public service. This website copyright 1997-present by Wayne A. Selcher. E-mail: