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Civil Society in North America


Essential Web sites

• American Family Voices
American Family Voices was founded in 2000 to be a strong voice for middle and low income families on economic, health care, and consumer issues

• Civil Society in the Americas
This is a section of the Political Database of the Americas edited by the Georgetown University. It contains information about civil society groups operating in the Americas. The sources are categorized by country

• Corporate Watch
Corporate Watch counters corporate-led globalization through education, network-building and activism. It works to foster democratic control over corporations by building grassroots globalization a diverse movement for human rights and dignity, labor rights and environmental justice

• The Saguaro Seminars, developing strategies to increase community engagement
The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America is an ongoing initiative of Professor Robert D. Putnam at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The project focuses on expanding what we know about our levels of trust and community engagement and on developing strategies and efforts to increase this engagement

Other Web sites

• Amazon Alliance
The Amazon Alliance works to defend the rights, territories and environment of indigenous and traditional peoples of the Amazon Basin

• Bank Information Center
The Bank Information Center (BIC) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides information and strategic support to NGOs and social movements throughout the world on the projects, policies and practices of the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). BIC advocates for greater transparency, accountability and citizen participation at the MDBs

• Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD)
BREAD is a non-profit organization, founded in 2002 dedicated to encourage research and scholarship in development economics. The website contains a section on data from developing countries partitioned into the following categories: household surveys, firm-level data, and macro data sources.

• Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives undertakes and promotes research on issues of social and economic justice

• Center for Civil Society International (CCSI)
Organizzazione che promuove le relazioni tra le agenzie no profit statunitensi e le organizzazioni della società civile nell'ex Unione Sovietica

• Center for Environmental Economic Development
The Center is a US-based nongovernmental organization working on climate change education, outreach, and policy

• Civicus - World Alliance for Citizen Participation
US-based international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world

• Currency Transaction Tax
Canadian citizen’s movement in support of the currency transactions tax, or “Tobin” tax as it is often called

• Earth Rights Internationa (ERI)
ERI is a nonprofit group of activists, organizers, and lawyers with expertise in human rights, the environment, and corporate and government accountability. ERI has offices in the U.S. and Southeast Asia

• Global Exchange
A human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world by increase global awareness among the US public while building international partnerships around the world

• Global Trade Watch (GTW)
GTW promotes democracy by challenging corporate globalization. GTW works on an array of globalization issues, including health and safety, environmental protection, economic justice, and democratic, accountable governance

• Independent Sector
Independent Sector is committed to strengthening, empowering, and partnering with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in their work on behalf of the public good

• Institute on Governance (IOG)
NGO research organisation focusing on the promotion of effective governance, defined as the institutions, processes and traditions which determine how power is exercised, how decisions are taken and how citizens have their say

• International Forum on Globalization (IFG)
IFG is a non-governmental organization located in the United States.
The goals of the IFG are to expose the multiple effects of economic globalization in order to stimulate debate, and to seek to reverse the globalization process by encouraging ideas and activities which revitalize local economies and communities, and ensure long term ecological stability

• New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF)
The mission of NHCF is to improve the quality of life in New Hampshire communities

• One World United States
The US section of One World project, which aims to foster the diffusion of informations on topics related to human rights, democracy and peace, sustainable development and environment protection

• Participatory Development Forum
Participatory Development Forum is a network of development practitioners, non-governmental organisations, academics/action researchers, private sector representatives, and policy makers. It is dedicated to promoting a philosophy of participation that advocates for people's capacity and right to define and control their own development in order to achieve social justice and equality

• Public Citizen
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts

• Social Capital Inc.
The mission of Social Capital Inc. (SCI) is to build social capital and increase civic engagement. SCI is currently implementing a community-based social capital initiative in Woburn, Massachusetts

• The Daily Enron
Daily Enron is a project of American Family Voices, aiming to elaborate policies that will stop the abuses that led to the Enron scandal

• The North-South Institute (NSI)
The North-South Institute (NSI) is a Canadian independent research institute focused on international development. The Institute conducts research on Canada's relations with developing countries and on a wide range of foreign policy issues

• Tobin Tax Initiative
Its goal is to increase a national dialogue on the Tobin Tax proposal by raising awareness and education among grassroots organizations, opinion leaders, and policymakers in the United States.



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