Globalization has created both cross-border issues and cross-border communities of interest. This evolution along with the appearance of new technologies coincides with the growing importance of NGOs in global policy making. This section gives information on advocacy methods, and includes sections on networking, global conferences, and protests.
One of the great strengths of NGOs lies in their strong networking skills. It enables those without the most money to share their voices and exert strength in numbers.
Conferences have been a powerful advocacy method for NGOs, enabling groups to share their voices, make contacts and influence public policy.
Protests now accompany most world political and economic forums. Over the past few years, protesters have targeted almost every major forum or summit calling attention to the undemocratic decision making and pressing for change and global justice.