International organisations

Regional level


The African Development Bank

The African Development Bank is an institution for financing development, whose aim is to mobilise resources for the economic and social progress of its regional members.


The Inter-American Development Bank
The Inter-American Development Bank, the oldest and largest regional multilateral development institution, was established in December of 1959 to help accelerate economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The North American Development Bank
The North American Development Bank (NADB) is an international financial institution established and capitalised in equal parts by the United States and Mexico for the purpose of financing environmental infrastructure projects.

The Organisation of American States
The Organisation of American States (OAS) is playing a central role in working toward many of the goals that are shared by the countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean: strengthening democracy, advancing human rights, promoting peace and security, expanding trade and tackling complex problems caused by poverty, drugs and corruption


Asian Human Rights Commission
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) was founded in 1986 by a prominent group of jurists and human rights activists in Asia. The AHRC is an independent, non-governmental body, which seeks to promote greater awareness and realisation of human rights in the Asian region, and to mobilise Asian and international public opinion to obtain relief and redress for the victims of human rights violations. The AHRC promotes civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Laos and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999. The aims and purposes of the Association are to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership, in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian nations, and to promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries in the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter.

Asian Development Bank
The ADB is a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence among Asia-Pacific economies. From its modest beginning as an informal Ministerial-level dialogue group with 12 members, APEC has become a formidable regional forum.


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was established in 1991 when communism was crumbling in central and eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries needed support to nurture a new private sector in a democratic environment. Today the EBRD uses the tools of investment to help build market economies and democracies in 27 countries from central Europe to central Asia.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the largest regional security organisation in the world with 55 participating states from Europe, Central Asia and North America. It is active in early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.

The Directorate General of Human Rights of the Council of Europe

The Directorate General of Human Rights provides secretarial support for bodies established under the European Social Charter, the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and for the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance. The Directorate also assists in the implementation of the Council of Europe's inter-governmental programme of activities and assists the Committee of Ministers in the exercise of its functions under the European Convention on Human Rights.

European Treaties

The partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission for Training and Youth
In November 1998 the European Commission and the Council of Europe signed an agreement to co-operate in the field of training and youth. Both institutions are active in the field of youth worker training in different ways and using different tools. After a series of negotiations the two European institutions decided to combine their strengths in a partnership in order to develop a training programme promoting common values such as human rights, pluralist democracy, the rule of law, active citizenship and European co-operation.

International level

The Commonwealth is a unique family of 54 developed and developing nations around the world. It is a voluntary association of independent sovereign states spread over every continent and ocean. Its 1.7 billion people account for 30 percent of the world's population. They are found in every continent and ocean and are of many religions, races, languages and cultures.

The Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries
The Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) is an international organisation founded in 1996 and comprised of the following members: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Principe; East Timor enjoys observer status. Its aim is to enhance ties between the members on issues concerning international relations.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation was founded in October 1945 with the goal of improving the nutritional status, level of life, farming production and conditions of rural populations in general.

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
The International Francophone Organisation aims to use its members’ common ties to the French language towards achieving peace, co-operation and development, with the goal of achieving the following: the establishment and development of democracy, conflict prevention and support for the rule of law and human rights; intensification of dialogue between cultures and civilisations; rapprochement of peoples for mutual acquaintance; enhancement of solidarity by means of multilateral co-operation actions to favour economic expansion.

The International Labour Organisation
The aim of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is to promote social justice and respect for human rights in the working world. Established in 1919 by the Versailles Treaty, it survived the disappearance of the League of Nations and in 1946 became the first specialised institution in the United Nations system.

International Organisation for Migration
As the leading international organisation for migration, the IOM acts with its partners in the international community to assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management, and to advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
The OECD groups 30 member-states sharing a commitment to democracy and the market economy. Its working relations with 70 other countries, NGOs and civil society endow it with global reach. The organisation has earned recognition for its publications and statistics, and for work in the social and economic fields, and in macroeconomics, education, development, and science and technology.
Founded in 1962 by the OECD, the Development Centre act as an interface between OECD members and emerging and developing economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication, in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights and the fundamental freedoms for the people of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, as recognised by the United Nations Charter. UNESCO counts 188 member-countries (at 19 October 1999).

Since it was founded in 1946, UNICEF has sought to protect the life of children around the world. The organisation has since worked to protect children’s rights, in order to help children satisfy their basic needs and expand the possibilities of realising their full potential.

The Latin Union
The Latin Union is an intergovernmental organisation comprising 35 countries using a Romance national or official language.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union
The Inter-Parliamentary Union is the international organisation grouping the parliaments of sovereign states and was founded in 1889. The Union is a focal point for worldwide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.


NGOs, foundations, civil society
Global Education

The United Nations Cyberschoolbus

The United Nations Cyberschoolbus was created in 1996 as the online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose mission is to promote education about international issues and the United Nations. The Global Teaching and Learning Project produces high quality teaching materials and activities designed for educational use (at primary, intermediate and secondary school levels) and for training teachers. The vision of this Project is to provide exceptional educational resources (both online and in print) to students growing up in a world undergoing increased globalisation.

Just Business

Just Business provides information and activities about global and ethical issues for students and teachers of Business Studies and Economics

Learning for a Sustainable Future

Learning for a Sustainable Future is a Canadian non-profit organization whose mandate is to work with educators from across Canada to integrate the concepts and principles of sustainable development into the curricula at all grade levels.

The myEUROPE Schools Network

The myEUROPE Schools Network is a group of more than 1,250 schools. They form a unique community of teachers who work for the development and enhancement of our common European identity.

European Educational Research Association

EERA aims to foster the exchange of ideas among European researchers, promote collaboration in research, and improve research quality in order to offer independent advice on educational research to European policymakers, administrators and practitioners.

European federation for Intercultural Learning

EFIL, the European federation for Intercultural Learning coordinates a thematic network of organisations, schools, and trainers who have a key role in promoting global education in Europe.

Global Education Reader

A selection of articles and teaching modules on development, environment, gender, human rights, North-South, racism and culture.


LearningChannel is a multimedia web portal on global education whose aim is promoting education for all.

Human Rights Education Associates

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies.


Polygone is a European network for Development Education, created with the aim of debating the role education should play, as a transforming activity, in the diverse societies of the North and the South.

The School of Peace

The School of Peace aims to inform and educate citizens in order to build peace and to persuade people, groups and states to establish and create by themselves more peaceful relations.


wwflearning aims to provide educators and learners alike with an innovative communications point for global news, opinion and curriculum projects.

Education for sustainable development (ESD)

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is an approach to the whole curriculum and management of a school, not a new subject. It has its roots in environmental education and development education.

Education for Sustainable Development

The Gateway for Education for Sustainable Development is provided by the Council for Environmental Education.

Learning through Landscapes

Since 1990, Learning through Landscapes (ltl) has helped schools across the UK to bring lasting improvements to the environmental quality and educational use of their grounds.

Global Dimension

An essential resource for teachers: Bringing the world to the classroom

NGOs, foundations, civil society


ELDIS is a Gateway to Information Sources on Development and the Environment.


GlobeNet groups associations, bodies and individuals who work or are otherwise involved in the fields of active citizenship and international solidarity.


BeCitizen works towards achieving sustainable development via the economy and solidarity.

The Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute

The Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute (COLPI) is the legal reform support programme of the Open Society Institute-Budapest. COLPI's mission is to contribute to the development of open societies in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Mongolia by strengthening the rule of law, respect for human rights, and modern democratic institutions.

OneWorld is a community of over 1,250 organisations working for social justice.

United Nations Foundation

The Foundation's mission is to support the goals and objectives of the United Nations and its Charter, in order to promote a more peaceful, prosperous and just world - with special emphasis on the UN's work on behalf of economic, social, environmental and humanitarian causes.

A SEED (Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment, and Diversity)

A SEED (Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment, and Diversity) is a global organisation linking youth groups and individuals on all continents.


Bellanet is an international non-profit initiative that helps the international community work more efficiently, particularly through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Institute of Development Studies

The Institute of Development Studies is a leading centre for research and teaching on international development.

European Centre for Development Policy Management

The Centre was founded in 1986 as an independent foundation at the service of the ACP countries (ACP refers to the 71 African, Caribbean and Pacific states that have signed the Lomé Convention). The ECDPM aims to improve international co-operation between Europe and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. It does this through capacity-building for policy management, the promotion of policy dialogue between ACP countries and Europe, and the provision of information and facilities for knowledge exchange.

Europe’s Forum on International Cooperation (Euforic)

Euforic is a platform for information, communication, and debate on Europe's development co-operation, with thousands of full-text resources from more than 55 organisations

Id21, communicating development research

Id21 is a fast-track research reporting service funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It aims to bring UK-based development research findings and policy recommendations to policymakers and development practitioners worldwide.

International Development Department

The International Development Department of the School of Public Policy provides degree courses, training, consultancy and research services to a worldwide range of government and non-government clients at national and sub-national levels.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

The International Development Research Centre is a public corporation set up by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research.

The Society for International Development (SID)

The Society for International Development (SID) is a unique global network of individuals and institutions concerned about sustainable development. SID facilitates international programmes on food security, sustainable livelihoods, gender, health, globalisation, conflicts over natural resources, scenario building and responsible international governance.

Third World Network

The Third World Network is an independent non-profit international network of organisations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues.

The Human Development Report

The Human Development Report is an independent report. It is commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is the product of a selected team of leading scholars, development practitioners and members of the Human Development Report Office of UNDP.
Human rights

World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty

This site is dedicated to the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty, celebrated on October 17th. The day, officially recognised by the United Nations in 1992, was born from the initiative of thousands of people who gathered at the Human Rights Plaza in Paris, France in 1987.

Young Lives

Young Lives is an innovative long-term international research project, investigating the changing nature of child poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam


The PovertyNet site is maintained by the Poverty Reduction Group, part of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network at the World Bank. It provides resources and support for people working to understand and alleviate poverty.

Save the Children

Save the Children is the UK's leading international children's charity, working to create a better future for children. It is active in the UK and in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Childwatch International

Childwatch International is a non-profit, non-governmental network of institutions involved in research for children.

The Global Movement for Children

The Global Movement for Children comprises people and organisations around the world dedicated to promoting the rights of the child.

Net Aid

Net Aid’s mission is to mobilise support for an end to extreme poverty. To achieve this, NetAid offers individuals, corporations, employees, students and non-profit organisations direct connections to local projects throughout the developing world that provide new opportunities for people to lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.

Anti-Slavery International

Anti-Slavery International is the world's oldest international human rights organisation, founded in 1839. It is the only charity in the United Kingdom to work exclusively against slavery and related abuses.

Association for the Prevention of Torture

Founded in 1977 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) is an independent non-governmental organisation working worldwide to prevent torture and mistreatment.

The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is a global network that disseminates information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and children’s rights among non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, inter-governmental organisations (IGOs), educational institutions and other children’s rights experts. The Co-ordinating Unit is based in London, UK.

The Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation founded in 1981 to monitor abuses against the press and promote press freedom around the world.

The European Roma Rights Center

The European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) is an international public interest law organisation which monitors the human rights situation of Roma and provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse.

Human Rights Education Associates

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies.

Human Rights Internet

Founded in 1976, HRI is a leader in the exchange of information within the worldwide human rights community. Launched in the United States, HRI has its headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. From Ottawa, HRI communicates by phone, fax, mail and the Internet with more than 5,000 organizations and individuals around the world working for the advancement of human rights.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is an independent, non-governmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. It is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

Handicap International

The aim of Handicap International is to help all people in positions of vulnerability, whatever the situation origining such predicament (weak development, poverty, exclusion, exploitation, violence and armed conflicts, serious violations or denials of fundamental rights, deficiency of social systems, catastrophes).

Human Rights Without Frontiers

HRWF is independent of all political, ideological or religious movements. Its object is to promote democracy, the rule of law and the rights of the individual - man, woman and child - everywhere in the world, by every appropriate means.


HURIDOCS, established in 1982, is a global network of organisations concerned with human rights. HURIDOCS itself does not collect information; rather, it seeks to function as a decentralised network in which organisations can handle and exchange information according to their own requirements.


The Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe is a partnership between United for Intercultural Action (European Network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees) and the Magenta foundation that combats racism, fascism and other forms of discrimination.

Lawyers Committee for Human Rights

Since 1978, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights has worked in the U.S. and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law.

Médecins du Monde

Médecins du Monde is an international solidarity organisation whose aim is to care for the most vulnerable populations in crisis situations around the world and in France.

Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 80 countries.

International Commission of Jurists

The International Commission of Jurists is dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights.

The International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was founded nearly a century and a half ago. It is an independent, neutral and impartial organisation that seeks to preserve a measure of humanity in the midst of war.

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development

The Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH) of the World Health Organisation is responsible for interventions concerning health, growth, and development for the age group of 0-19 years.

Child Rights Floor in Children's House

The Child Rights Floor offers a series of links to websites containing substantial information on child rights issues.

The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers was formed in June 1998 by six international NGOs to advocate for the adoption of and adherence to national, regional and international legal standards prohibiting the military recruitment and use in hostilities of any person younger than 18 years of age; and the recognition and enforcement of this standard by all armed forces and armed groups, both governmental and non-governmental.

Children and war

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Défenseur des enfants

Défenseur des Enfants seeks to defend and promote children’s rights as they have been defined by law or through “international involvement regularly ratified or approved” by France.

Enfants du Monde – Droits de l’Homme

Enfants du Monde – Droits de l’Homme fights for recognition of the child as a person who enjoys specific rights.