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AfricaFiles was launched 2002 and is a network of volunteers committed to the promotion of human rights, economic justice, African perspectives and alternative analyses. The group produces the online mazine At Issue Ezine, which aims to publish well-researched, provocative and insightful original articles on important current themes in sub-Saharan Africa, such as AIDS, ecology, economic justice, etc.

Address: AfricaFiles, 99 Kimberley Avenue, Toronto ON M4E 2Z4 - Canada
Email: info AT

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

Founded in 1982, AWID is an international membership organization connecting, informing and mobilizing people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights. Its goal is to cause policy, institutional and individual change that will improve the lives of women and girls everywhere. We do this by facilitating ongoing debates on fundamental and provocative issues as well as by building the individual and organizational capacities of those working for women’s empowerment and social justice. The organisation animates the website WHRnet.

Adresse : Toronto Secretariat (AWID also has offices in South Africa and Mexico) : 215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 150, Toronto - Ontario M5T 2C7 - CANADA
Phone. : +1 416-594-3773
Fax : +1 416-594-0330
Email: awid AT


AVINA is a foundation that works together with civil society and business leaders. It tries to represent a new conception of philanthropy, combining the objectives of nonprofit activities with methods and tools belonging to the business sector.

AVINA teams up with leaders in its initiatives towards sustainable development in Latin America, in diverse areas such as citizen participation and development of community organizations, effective management of natural resources; communication, and formal and non-formal educational programs. It also endorses projects that promote innovative economic activities, support for small and medium-sized enterprises, corporate social responsibility and eco-efficiency (to add value to goods and services using fewer resources while producing less waste and contamination).

AVINA works with its partners in a spirit of commitment and joint venture. It shares with them its experience in establishing attainable goals, and it helps them to better focus their programs. It may contribute financially to their initiatives, often over several years, and help them to raise additional funding. It also brings together civil society and entrepreneurial leaders in order to establish new forms of association between both sectors of society.

Address : Avina Foundation P.O. Box 0832-0390 WTC
Panama City, Panama
Phone: (+507) 208 9430

Be!Sharp (Built Environment, Sustainable Habitat and ARchitecture PArtnership)

Be!Sharp is a platform that aims to enable the creation and development of a common space that will allow mobility and pooling of competencies and know-how between the academic, the professional and the entrepreneurial sectors, between Europe and India, in the field of sustainable built environment.

The main activities of the programme are :

  • an Euro-Indian internship and exchange programme for young professionals
  • a resource centre which provides online and offline information
  • a media & communication unit that documents on-going projects and produce short films
  • a networking for universities and associations, professionals, organisations, etc.

Blacksmith Institute

Founded in 1999, Blacksmith Institute’s vision is a clean planet for our children. We develop and implement solutions for pollution-related problems in the developing world. We work cooperatively with partnerships of donors, governments, NGO’s and others, and provide strategic, technical, and financial support to local champions as they strive to solve specific, pollution-related problems in their communities.

Blacksmith Institute’s name is inspired by the hard work of a blacksmith who, in a dirty environment, creates items that are practical, useful, and can stand the test of time. Blacksmith Institute strives to emulate this with its projects - creating and supporting local agencies that really work to solve pollution problems.

Address : 2014 5th Avenue - New York, NY 10035 U.S.A.
Phone:+ 1 646 742-0200
Fax: + 1 212 779-8044

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) was founded in 1980 and is an independent, public interest organisation which aims to increase public awareness on science, technology, environment and development.
The CSE searches for solutions that people and communities can implement themselves, particularly on a national level. It also works to push the government to create frameworks for people and communities to act on their own.

Address: 41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi, 110062 - INDIA
Tel. : (+91) (011) 29955124
Email : cse AT
Website :

Centre for Sustainable Development & Environment (CENESTA)

Set up in Tehran originally in 1979 and re-organised after the war in 1991, CENESTA is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable community and culture-based development. Its main area of work is Iran and Southwest Asia. CENESTA experts have also engaged in extensive activities in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and in the international arena in general. CENESTA is a member of IUCN - the World Conservation Union and is affiliated with the University of the North (Iran).

Address : Suite 24, 5 Lakpour Lane, Langary Street, Nobonyad Square, Tehran - IRAN, 16139
Phone: ++98 21 22964114/5/6
Fax: (+98 21) 22954217(local); (++1 253) 3228599 (international)
Email: cenesta AT

DAWN Africa

Created in 1984, DAWN is a network of women scholars and activists from the economic South who engage in feminist research and analysis of the global environment and are committed to working for economic justice, gender justice and democracy.

Email :
Website :

Foundation of the Peoples of South Pacific International (FSPI) Network

The FSPI Network is an independent group of like-minded NGOs who work at the grassroots level in nine Pacific countries. As a network, FSPI is committed to increasing stability and reducing poverty throughout the region. FSPI is now the largest, most experienced secular civil society network in the Pacific with affiliates in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, East Timor, United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. Their programmes focus on issues to do with the environment, governance and health.

Address: 6 des vouex rd, GPO BOX 18006, SUVA - FIJI ISLANDS
Phone: +679 3312 250
Fax: +679 3312 298

InfoChange News & Features

InfoChange News & Features is a four-year-old online resource base that provides news, views, perspectives and debates on crucial issues of sustainable development and social justice in India and South Asia . It brings into sharp focus agents and avenues of change.

The website aims to inform readers on issues that are increasingly being pushed into the margins by the mainstream media. It seeks to enable readers to marshal facts, opinions and perspectives on rights and development issues, so that they can participate in drawing up an agenda for a more equitable and sustainable world.

This cross-sectoral website provides daily updates of development news from across India, the background and context to development and social justice issues in India, and features, profiles, interviews, data and statistics on the social sector. We also report dozens of stories of change from the grassroots.

Centre for Communication and Development Studies
Adresses: C/12, Gera Greens, NIBM Road, Kondhwa, Pune 411048, India.
Telephone : 91 - 020 - 26852845/ 25457371

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Created in 1971, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an international policy research institute and non governmental body working for more sustainable and equitable global development. Based in London, the IIED work globally through a wide range of long-standing relationships with partners across the developing world.

Their partnerships generate close working relations with many key development actors from smallholder farmers and big city slum-dwellers to national governments and regional NGOs, global institutions and international processes. The IIED acts as a catalyst, broker and facilitator and helps vulnerable groups find their voice and ensure their interests are heard in decision-making. Environmental sustainability is a core concern but not at the expense of people’s livelihoods.

Address : 3 Endsleigh Street, London, England WC1H 0DD
Phone : +44 (0) 20 7388 2117
Fax : +44 (0) 20 7388 2826
Email :
Website :

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Founded in 1990, IISD is in the business of promoting change towards sustainable development. Through our research and through effective communication of our findings, it engages decision-makers in government, business, NGOs and other sectors to develop and implement policies that are simultaneously beneficial to the global economy, the global environment and to social well-being. It contributes to sustainable development by advancing policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change, measurement and assessment, and natural resources management. By using Internet communications, it also reports on international negotiations and broker knowledge gained through collaborative projects with global partners, resulting in more rigorous research, capacity building in developing countries and better dialogue between North and South.

Address : 161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA R3B 0Y4 (other offices in Ottawa, New York and Geneva)
Phone: (204) 958-7700
Fax: (204) 958-7710
Email: info AT

International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - The World Conservation Union

The World Conservation Union was founded in October 1948 as the International Union for the Protection of Nature (or IUPN). It supports and develops cutting-edge conservation science; implements this research in field projects around the world; and then links both research and results to local, national, regional and global policy by convening dialogues between governments, civil society and the private sector.

Address : Rue Mauverney 28, Gland, 1196 - SWITZERLAND
Phone: +41 (22) 999-0000
Fax: +41 (22) 999-0002

New Economics Foundation (NEF)

New Economics Foundation (NEF) is an independent think-tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. This foundation aims to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues.

NEF was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits. NEF combines rigorous analysis and policy debate with practical solutions on the ground, often run and designed with the help of local people. It also creates new ways of measuring progress towards increased well-being and environmental sustainability.

NEF works with all sections of society in the UK and internationally (civil society, government, individuals, businesses and academia) to create more understanding and strategies for change.

Address : 3 Jonathan Street
London, SE11 5NH, England
Phone :(+44) 020 7820 6300
Fax : (+44) 020 7820 6301
Email :
Website :

Palestinian Non-Governemental Organizations’ Network (PNGO)

The Palestinian NGO Network is a civil and democratic body, which seeks to support, consolidate and strengthen the Palestinian civil society on the basis of the principles of democracy, social justice and sustainable development. It strives for the attainment of the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people. It is a Palestinian NGO umbrella organization comprising 92 member organizations working in different developmental fields. PNGO was established in September 1993, after the signing of the Oslo Accords, with the objective of enhancing coordination, consultation and cooperation among the different sectors of civil society. Since then PNGO has become an important component of Palestinian society and serves as an essential coordination mechanism for the NGO sector at the local, regional and international level.

PNGO envisages the establishment of an independent and democratic Palestinian state based on the rule of law, social justice and the respect for human rights. In order to support the above process, PNGO will :

  • contribute to the national resistance to end the occupation
  • advocate for the rights of the Palestinian people locally, regionally and globally
  • advocate for responsible and appropriate legislation and public policies
  • strengthen coordination within the NGO sector
  • strengthen democratic values within society
  • strengthen civil society’s organizational capacities

Address : PO Box 2322
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel : 972-2-2963847
Fax : 972-2-2963848
Contact :
Website :

Partnership Africa Canada

Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) works in partnership with organizations in Africa, Canada and internationally to build sustainable human development in Africa. Partnership Africa Canada works to :

  • strengthen African and Canadian efforts in research and policy dialogue relating to sustainable human development in Africa
  • facilitate, among African, Canadian and international decision-makers, the adoption and implementation of policies that foster sustainable human development in Africa
  • promote greater understanding of and commitment to sustainable human development in Africa

Partnership Africa Canada was created in 1986 with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Canadian and African non-governmental organizations (NGOs). PAC funded hundreds of innovative projects that supported sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1996, PAC changed its mandate to focus on policy work.

Address : Partenariat Afrique Canada
323, rue Chapel, Ottawa (Ontario)
K1N 7Z2 Canada
Phone : (+1) 613-237-6768
Fax : (+1) 613-237-6530
Contact :
Website :

PENGON (Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network)

The Palestinian Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PENGON) is a coordinating body between the different Palestinian NGOs working in the field of environment. It aims to serve Palestinian environmental issues by coordinating endeavors between the member organizations, strengthening and building the efficiency within each organization, and enhancing relations within the Network as well as with other organizations domestically and abroad, such as local government agencies and international environmental organizations.

The idea of establishing a network of Palestinian environmental organizations began in 1998, when a number of the NGOs felt the urgent need to coordinate their efforts. These organizations faced a Palestinian environment in grave danger due to violent Israeli occupation practices on the ground, including the confiscation of land, illegal settlement activities, the uprooting of trees, the destruction of Palestinian agricultural land, the use of Palestinian occupied lands by Israel as dumping ground for poisonous industrial waste, and the exhausting of water resources and the polluting of the water ground reservoirs by settlements. These concerns have intensified dramatically since the recent Intifada.

To cope with this desperate situation, and to coordinate the scattered efforts of the different Palestinian NGOs in the field of the environment, a number of active Palestinian NGOs held several meetings in April and May of 2001. The meetings culminated in the announcement of the Network and the election of a Coordinating Committee to combine these efforts those organizations.

Address : PO Box 25220
Beit Hanina, Jerusalem
Phone : +972-2-2971505
Fax : +972-2-2975123
Contact :
Website :


Progressio is an international charity working to tackle poverty and injustice in developing countries. This NGO works for sustainable development for communities and people in developing countries.

Progressio argues for rational use and local management of natural resources to improve the lives of poor urban and rural communities. This includes promoting sustainable cultivation practices and resource management techniques, while improving productivity, income and living conditions in small farming communities.

Progressio advocacy work is focused on three themes :

  • civil society participation
  • HIV and AIDS
  • sustainable environment

Address : Unit 3 Canonbury Yard
190a New North Road
London N1 7BJ, UK
Tel : +44 (0)20 7354 0883
Fax : +44 (0)20 7359 0017
Contact :
Website :

Regional and International Networking Group (RING)

Formed in 1991, the Regional and International Networking Group (Ring) is a global alliance of predominantly Southern independent research and policy organisations. The group uses regional bi-lateral exchanges and ’pooled research’ to develop research programmes around common key topics on sustainable development.

Tom Bigg (RING Co-ordinator), RING Secretariat, IIED, 3 Endsleigh Street, London, WC1H 0DD - ENGLAND
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7388 2117;
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7388 2826
Email: ring AT

The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)

For more than four decades, IPS has strengthened and linked social movements through articulation of root principles and fundamental rights, research and analysis on current events and issues, and connections to policymakers, academics, and activists at all levels. As a multi-issue think tank, it proposes information regarding Action Agenda for Electoral Reform; Drug Policies; Ecotourism and Sustainable Development; Foreign Policies; Global Economy; Nuclear Policies; UN; Peace and Security; Progressive Challenge; Social Action and Leadership School; Sustainable Energy and Economy Network.

Address : 1112 16th Street NW Suite 600 Washington DC 20036 - USA
Phone: (202) 234-9382
Fax: (202) 387-7915
Email: scott AT

The Third World Institute (ITeM)

Established in 1989 and receiving consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1996, the Third World Institute (ITeM) performs information, communication and education activities on an international level on development and environmental issues. It is a civil society organization, working for civil society, which encourages citizen involvement in global decision-making processes. It publishes the annual, Social Watch and coordinates the web portal Choike, amongst its many activities.

Address: Jackson 1136 - PO Box 1539, Montevideo 11200 - URUGUAY
Phone: (598 2) 419 61 92 -
Fax: (598 2) 411 92 2
Email : item AT
Website :

World Resources Institute (WRI)

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives.

Address : 10 G Street, NE (Suite 800), Washington, DC 20002 - USA
Phone: 1+202/729-7600
Fax: 1+202/729-7610
Email :
Website :

Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute offers a blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Its work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society-and how to achieve it.

Address : 1776 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1904 - USA
Phone: 202.452.1999
Fax: 202.296.7365
Email: worldwatch AT

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