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This is a list / directory of selected NGOs (sometimes also referred to as Humanitarian Organizations) dealing with global security issues, including those related to the provision of private security or military services. To give you a better idea of what each organization focuses on, whenever possible we have added to each listing at least one item related to global or private security. However, please visit the page of each listed NGO, as they cover many more issues related to the privatization of security than the ones highlighted.
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Global Policy Forum (GPF)
A group of citizens from several countries founded GPF in December 1993 to monitor global policy making at the United Nations. Since then, the organization has consolidated as an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the United Nations and scrutinizes global policymaking. We promote accountability and citizen participation in decisions on peace and security, social justice and international law.
» Special Topics: Private Military & Security Companies (PMSCs).
To Research reports produces by NGOs such as GPF can be found at our ACADEMIC pages


Global Witness (GW)
In 1993, three friends were the first to see the link between natural resources, conflict and corruption and to systematically document and expose how this sustains poverty, fuels instability and destroys the environment. Today, GI investigates and campaigns to change the system by exposing the economic networks behind conflict, corruption and environmental destruction.
» Conflict and Fragile States: Warring parties finance their fight by controlling natural resources like timber, diamonds and minerals.


Unlike many other internet service providers, GreenNet is geared to the needs of activist organisations and individuals working for social change. Our use of networking technology focuses on supporting and promoting their work for peace, human rights and the environment. .
» The Network. An interesting database of small NGOs and projects.


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
HRW began in 1978 with the creation of Helsinki Watch, designed to support the citizens groups formed throughout the Soviet bloc to monitor government compliance with the 1975 Helsinki Accords. Today, HRW defends the rights of people worldwide. We scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice.
» HRW Multimedia. This is a vast multimedia library worth exploring.


International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)
IANSA is the global network of civil society organisations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW). World attention is increasingly focused on the humanitarian impact of these weapons, and IANSA brings together the voices and activities of non-governmental organisations and concerned individuals across the world to prevent their deadly effects.
» UN Small Arms Process. IANSA is the designated coordinator of civil society for the UN small arms process; in addition, we lead the advocacy on armed violence prevention in many different UN fora such as the Group of Interested States (GIS).


Formed in 1984, IA has become one of the most effective US-based advocates for programs that strengthen people's ability in the developing world to help themselves. InterAction's member organizations promote economic development and self-reliance, improve health and education, provide relief to victims of disasters and wars, assist refugees, advance human rights, protect the environment, address population concerns, advocate for more just public policies and increase understanding and cooperation between people. Women, who comprise 70 percent of the world's poor are central to many of these program.
» NGO Aid Map: This is a mapping platform for member projects in different sectors. The maps are a crucial tool to increase NGO transparency to donors, beneficiaries, policymakers and other constituents.


International Alert (IA)
IA is a non-governmental organisation based in the UK. set up in 1985 by human rights advocates including Martin Ennals, former Secretary General of Amnesty International. The creation of the organisation was a response to the rise in violent conflict within countries and the subsequent abuse of individual and collective human rights. Our objective is to identify and address the root causes of violence and contribute to the just and peaceful transformation of violent internal conflict.
» The importance of new approaches to gender in peacebuilding: A broader understanding of gender and the different needs of women, men and gender or sexual minorities is essential to peacebuilding, according to new findings by IA and evidence from Burundi, Colombia, Nepal, and Uganda.


International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies It is present in every country and supported by millions of volunteers.
» Working with the business world: The private sector is playing an increasing role in international relations. Working with the private sector enables us to promote humanitarian principles with companies operating in war-prone areas and to help the victims of war through mutually beneficial partnerships based on ethical criteria..
» Mine Action: When a conflict ends, mines and ‘explosive remnants of war’ like unexploded bombs, shells and cluster-munition bomblets continue to kill and maim. The curse has a name: weapon contamination. It deprives people of water, firewood, farmland, health care and education and it impedes relief work.
» International Review of the Red Cross: Established in 1869, this is a quarterly journal published by (ICRC and Cambridge University Press. It is a forum for debate on international humanitarian law and humanitarian action and policy, during armed conflict and other situations of violence.
To contribute to the efforts of NGOs such as the Red Cross, please visit the CAMPAIGNS AND APPEALS page


International Crisis Group (ICG)
ICG or Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. They decide which situations to cover based on a number of factors. These include: the seriousness of a situation, whether we can add value to international understanding and response, whether we have or can raise the necessary resources to ensure high-quality reporting and effective follow-through, and whether we can safely operate in the field.
» CrisisWatch-Interactive Map: CrisisWatch is a monthly bulletin designed to provide busy readers in the policy community, media, business and interested general public with a succinct regular update on the state of play in all the most significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world.



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