Introduction to NGOs
This section contains all GPF work on NGOs.
This section looks at how different definitions of "NGOs," "Civil Society" and similar concepts can have different political implications.
This page posts information analyzing the role of NGOs in general.
Are NGOs the "conscience of humanity" as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said, or are they unrepresentative and meddling elites as some critics like to argue?
NGOs finance their work through a variety of sources including membership dues, foundation and government grants, sales of services and business activities like credit cards, cruises and tee-shirt sales. How do funding sources influence NGO policy choices and public credibility?
NGOs and the UN
This section discusses NGO access and physical participation in major UN organs such as ECOSOC, the General Assembly and the Security Council. It also covers speeches by the Secretary General and reports on NGOs.
This section analyzes the role, participation and contribution of NGOs in the UN system.
NGOs face a perpetual struggle for access to UN bodies and meetings. This page follows NGO access issues and also includes in depth coverage of access to the Official Document System.
This section considers issues of accredited NGOs that challenge UN values and damage NGO reputation. It also considers problematic NGOs that seek accreditation or access to UN meetings and conferences.
NGO Working Group on Access
Role of NGOs in the International Arena
This section looks at the challenges that NGOs face "in the field", providing humanitarian relief and development assistance in countries around the world.
The relationship between NGOs and states is linked to new issues in international law. Do NGOs threaten state sovereignty, or on the contrary are NGOs too weak and subordinate to more powerful forces in the international system?
This section looks at the variety of relationshisp between NGOs and businesses.
This section looks at the relationship between NGOs and International Institutions, such as the World Bank, IMF, etc.