[ID:0755]Thousands of groups based in North America operate worldwide on a non-profit basis in the public interest. These groups are known as non-governmental organizations or NGOs. In the field of international development, they are usually volunteer agencies, working in partnership with like-minded groups in developing countries for social justice, human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, environmental initiatives and the eradication of poverty. Unions, religious institutions, professional associations, cooperatives and college research departments also operate as NGOs.
If you're committed to working on the frontlines of international development, landing a position with an NGO should be at the top of your list of priorities.
What Do NGOs Do Abroad?
NGOs have historically been linked in the public mind with emergency aid. Less attention has been given to the principal work of NGOs: long-term development and advocacy on behalf of Southern NGOs and people's movements. NGOs strive to cut off famine and environmental disintegration by promoting health,...