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Religionandglobaldevelopment

Religion and Development Database

Organizations (517)

An increasing number of organizations and programs are grappling with problems at the intersection of religion and development. On this site you have access to the latest world news on the topic and can explore faith-related efforts across countries, regions, and issue areas. The Religion and Global Development Resources are supported by the Luce/SFS Program on Religion and International Affairs.


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  • The Redeemed Christian Church of God is an indigenous African church whose members believe they are part of a covenant with God. The denomination is active in spirit ministries called called Holy Ghost Services where they encourage prayer and miracle-healings. Other ministries offer programs for children and youth and church-sponsored higher education in Lagos, Nigeria. The Redeemed AIDS Programme Action Committee, supported by Family Health International and USAID, offers sexual education...
  • The Deniz Feneri Association is Turkey's largest NGO, where it began by offering relief and development aid to people throughout the country before expanding into a worldwide distribution network. The association frequently distributes in-kind donations of food or clothing through its extensive food bank system. It also works to provide shelter and health services to families in need, as well as scholarships and aid for schoolchildren and those in vocational programs. Whenever possible the...
  • Based in the Netherlands, Oikos inspires Dutch society to support poverty reduction and sustainable development grounded in fair trade and debt policies. The organization works primarily through organizing events, advocacy initiatives, and research programs. It has frequently cooperated with the World Council of Churches and World Communion of Reformed Churches to develop a theology of globalization, and it also supports efforts to achieve tax justice within the Netherlands and Europe. Other...
  • The World Council on Religious Leaders (WCRL) brings together diverse religious leaders to support the work of the United Nations and other groups in a cooperative effort to address global challenges and promote peace and mutual understanding. An annual meeting encourages religious leaders to interact with individuals from government, business, academia, and civil society and to identify ways religious communities can contribute to conflict resolution and reconciliation. Founded in 2002, WCRL...
  • The United Church of Canada (UCC) is the largest Protestant denomination in Canada, with nearly 3 million members. The denomination formed in 1925 following the merger of Methodist, Congregational, and Presbyterian groups; later talks with the Anglican Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ultimately did not result in greater union. One major focus of UCC's overseas partnerships has been gender justice and the role the church can play in its development. Its social...
  • Baptist World Aid (BWAid) is the arm of the Baptist World Alliance charged with overseeing its relief and development work, along with providing religious materials to local Baptist congregations. Working through affiliated national groups, BWAid channels funds towards projects targeting local needs, such as agricultural training, business education, and microfinance opportunities. Special initiatives have focused on the Millennium Development Goals, including promoting gender equality and...
  • Founded by Anglican church leaders, Five Talents International is a microfinance institution that works to create jobs and to empower local leaders to fight poverty. The organization runs programs on microcredit and saving, comprehensive business training, and spiritual growth. In 2010, Five Talents gave loans ranging from $50 to $300 to over 17,000 entrepreneurs in 11 countries. It believes microfinance is an effective aid strategy because money remains in local circulation. Five Talents has...
  • Bread for the World, a US-based Christian agency and grassroots organization dedicated to ending hunger, sees its central mission as domestic political advocacy, but its role extends to international social justice issues with a food focus. Current head David Beckman plays a strong personal advocacy role in US and international politics. Bread for the World activities include participation in the ONE campaign and producing background papers and annual reports combining data, analysis, and...
  • Compassion International (CI) works primarily through child-focused development services anchored around its hallmark one-on-one child sponsorship program. Throughout its more than 50 years of operation, the organization has remained committed to an operational philosophy that is unreservedly “Christ-centered, child-focused, and church-based.” CI partners with local churches in all areas of service delivery: educational and vocational training, health care, and planned social interaction. It...
  • Food for the Hungry (FH) is an evangelical Christian organization founded by Dr. Larry Ward that works to facilitate community transformation based on biblical principles, actively partnering with local churches on a wide range of development issues. Its economic development and healthcare initiatives work symbiotically with its one-on-one child sponsorship program, while agricultural training and irrigation projects seek to improve food security and hygiene. Food for the Hungry incorporates...
  • The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), a subsidiary body of the Salvation Army, uses local officers and personnel to implement development programs worldwide. In addition to disaster relief, the World Service Office supports income generation and healthcare programs, including attempts to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Its WORTH initiative in Kenya, implemented in partnership with PACT Inc., focuses on increasing women's financial stability through networking and microcredit...
  • Samaritan's Purse, headed by evangelist Franklin Graham, is an evangelical humanitarian organization that combines relief and development work with Christian missionary work. Its medical missions arm arranges short-term mission trips for doctors and other health professionals, while its HIV/AIDS initiative, Prescription for Hope, addresses both prevention and treatment. Samaritan's Purse programs focus especially on children, including one that helps children with heart conditions to find...
  • World Relief is a Christian relief and development agency that often works through local churches to provide mentors to vulnerable children and material assistance to help them escape the vicious cycle of poverty and exploitation. The organization's health programs include an HIV/AIDS component, which encourages churches to provide compassionate care for those affected by the disease. Other programs include agricultural assistance and microfinance opportunities, which often provide families...
  • Founded in 1950, World Vision USA is a Christian humanitarian organization that targets children and their communities worldwide. In addition to being a major aid distributor for the UN World Food Programme, it also focuses efforts on the provision of basic health care and access to education. World Vision is most widely recognized for its child sponsorship programs. These programs reunite women with their children, rescue victims of sexual slavery, and provide women with economic...
  • Save Africa's Children (SAC) distributes grants to small grassroots community organizations to provide housing, food, healthcare, and education to children left vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Since 2001, SAC has been a driving force in the campaign to involve African-American churches in the fight against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, with a special focus on assisting AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. SAC supports the work of community and faith-based organizations primarily...
  • The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) combines a strong domestic advocacy focus with active development programs overseas. It upholds a long history of Quaker commitment to peace and equality, a heritage that was recognized in 1947 when the organization was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with the Friends Service Council. AFSC uses a lobbying and community-based approach to address immigrant issues, conflicts in Israel, Palestine, and Iraq, debt in Africa, youth and militarism,...
  • The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a Mennonite Christian aid organization that demonstrates God's love by working with people suffering from conflict, oppression, poverty, and natural disasters in 70 countries. The organization views its development work an extension of its commitment to peace, justice, and non-discrimination. MCC's programs focus on agricultural development, disaster relief, peace and justice, and job creation, and its US branch provides resources to combat domestic...
  • Established in March 1992, International Orthodox Christian Charities, Inc. (IOCC) is the official international humanitarian organization of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). IOCC represents the combined efforts of the US branches of the various national autocephalous bodies of the Orthodox community and works primarily with existing Orthodox bodies in 30 countries, including conflict-prone areas. Projects are exclusively humanitarian, do not...
  • Latter-day Saints Charities (LDSC) has been pursuing humanitarian work since 1996, though the Church of Latter-Day Saints has a long heritage of compassionate work. Projects emphasize sustainability, personal responsibility, and community support. LDSC assists local projects in a wide range of health-related activities, including measles vaccination, neonatal resuscitation training, vision clinics, and wheelchair provision to disabled persons. Other efforts focus on helping communities create...
  • Concern Worldwide-US (CW-US), a national affiliate of the Ireland-based Concern Worldwide, operates a broad spectrum of relief and development programs around the world. Rural and urban development, food security, disaster relief, and education form a major portion of the organization's programs, and numerous Concern health-related programs address the needs created by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The organization dedicates much of its resources to helping those in absolute poverty support...
  • Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry based in the United States that provides shelter in America and around the world. Since its founding in 1976 Habitat has helped to build more than 200,000 homes and had acquired affiliates in more than 90 countries on six continents. Local Habitat affiliates operate independently, while the central organization provides coordination and support services. Homes are provided at a low cost, while Habitat...
  • Founded in 1979, Mercy Corps focuses on an array of development sectors, including education, agriculture, women’s rights, health, and disaster relief. Mercy Corps's flagship programs include Breaking the Silence, a grassroots effort to protect women and children from domestic violence, and project DEBORAH, which holds self-esteem workshops for women and provides counseling and legal aid. The project has also implemented a teacher training initiative to bring awareness and resources to...
  • The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR) is an umbrella group of over 40 global (but primarily US-based) Jewish organizations focused on funding relief and development projects in the United States and abroad. Some members of the coalition have a relief and development related mission, such as the American Jewish World Service and World Jewish Aid; others only participate in aid work, such as Jewish Women International and the Rabbinical Council of America. Separate funds are created...
  • Helping Hand for Relief and Development promotes humanitarian relief and development within the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). Based in Detroit, Michigan, the organization primarily raises funds to help victims of disaster worldwide but with particular emphasis in regions with large Muslim populations. In recent years Helping Hands has aided those victimized by the 2004 Asian tsunami, the Pakistani earthquake, conflict in Kashmir, the Palestinian territories, southern Lebanon, and...
  • Founded by the Ismaili Shi'ite leader Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building, and economic development in the world's poorest communities. The network partners with governments, as well as large development and relief agencies. Eleven agencies work under the umbrella of the Aga Khan Development Network, most notably the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM) and Aga Khan Education...
  • Founded in 1999 , the Hidaya Foundation implements educational, social welfare, and charitable programs in South and Southeast Asia, West Africa, and North America, with focus on projects that promote employment and self-sufficiency. Education is a core part of Hidaya's work, and programs focus on support for orphans and student sponsorships, computer literacy and software training, establishing libraries, and vocational training and career development courses. The organization also believes...
  • Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) oversees a broad spectrum of relief and development programs. Microcredit and agricultural training contribute to self-sufficiency, food security, and clean water resources, while healthcare training and basic education help communities raise their own standard of living. Family development initiatives also engage in maternal mortality prevention. ADRA's HIV/AIDS program unites prevention, treatment, testing, and education efforts,...
  • Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) has been working in relief and food security since 1940, focusing on locally supported, long-term development initiatives. As part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, ERD usually coordinates its work with indigenous Anglican and Episcopal partners. It often combines microcredit programs with initiatives that promote improved agricultural practices and food security. ERD also sponsors a number of health clinics and other HIV/AIDS programs that address...
  • The Tzu Chi Foundation USA, also known as Ciji, is a national branch of the Taiwan-based Tzu Chi Foundation (TCF), an organization dedicated to the provision of social and community, medical, and educational services to those in need. The foundation delivers services in order to encourage national affiliates to address needs in their own locales. TCF's international development work combines short and long-term assistance, such as domestic programs that focus on children and the elderly, free...
  • BAPS Charities (formerly BAPS Care International) is the relief wing of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a movement that emphasizes the symbiotic relationship between spiritual purity and social service. The organization's mission is to serve the global community by expanding access to education and healthcare, providing disaster relief and rehabilitation, initiating environmental projects, and other humanitarian services. It also seeks to empower and educate underprivileged girls and young women...
  • The All India Movement for Seva (AIM for Seva) was established in 2000 to bridge the cultural, social, and economic divide between urban and rural areas in India. Its programs operate in 20 states in India, and has overseas offices in the United States and Australia focus on fundraising. AIM for Seva supports projects in education, environment, culture, healthcare, income generation, and women's empowerment. Projects include an HIV/AIDS hospital in Madhya Pradesh and a vocational training...
  • The Mothers' Union (MU) is a Christian organization that promotes community transformation through flourishing family relationships. This philosophy underscores its policy advocacy for parental rights, tax benefits for married couples, international debt relief, and the right of children to live above the poverty line. Other initiatives include parental support groups, marriage support and divorce recovery resources, and support for the families of incarcerated individuals. Community...
  • The International Network of Religious Leaders Living with and Affected by HIV and AIDS (INERELA+) links religious leaders worldwide living with or personally affected by HIV/AIDS for fellowship, mutual empowerment and support, and physical and structural support. It also equips these leaders to be agents of change in their faith communities in an effort to address the stigma and discrimination associated with the HIV epidemic and widely disseminates information and lessons learned throughout...
  • Founded in 1979 and based in Brussels, the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) promotes economic justice, human rights, and non-violent conflict resolution in the European political context. The organization works primarily through lobbying and networking with policymakers, publishing reports and newsletters, organizing European Quakers, and holding conferences and study tours. QCEA also partners with groups such as the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, Kairos Europa, the...
  • The Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) unites indigenous African churches as they spread the Gospel and transform communities to reflect a spirit of ubuntu (communality, or generosity in relationships). Programming includes theological training and support, holistic grassroots development, and HIV/AIDS work; specific 2009-2013 project goals emphasize theological education, food security and economic opportunities, women's and youth empowerment, HIV/AIDS work, and OAIC's...
  • St. Paul's University, located in Limuru, Kenya, prepares students for Christian service through its undergraduate degree programs in divinity, theology, communication, and business administration and graduate programs in theology, Christian HIV/AIDS ministry, and Christian-Muslim dialogue. Formerly St. Paul's United Theological College, the college became a state-chartered institution in 2007 under the leadership of President Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia. Representatives from the Anglican Church of...
  • AIDSRelief was a HIV/AIDS treatment consortium comprising members from the NGO, academic, and private sectors and funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief with the goal of ensuring that PLWHA in South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Haiti, and Guyana have access to anti-retrovirals and high quality medical care. The consortium's lead agency was Catholic Relief Services (CRS); other members included the Catholic Medical Mission Board, University of...
  • Established in 1961, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) is Kuwait’s national agency for promoting economic development in the Arab world, and since 1974 in the developing world at large. Through development work, the agency hopes to foster goodwill with other nations and implement the Islamic principle of zakat (charitable donation to those in need). Programs focus on technical assistance and financial products, including loans and capital funds support for other...
  • Funded by the members of the League of Arab States, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) is an independent, international financial institution that seeks to expand economic, financial, and technical collaboration between Arab and African countries. Its mission is to make Arab-African cooperation a reality by providing funds for economic development in non-Arab African countries, encouraging the flow of capital from Arab to African countries, and contributing technical...
  • The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a grant-making agency that supports innovative and culturally sensitive development projects that can produce long-term benefits for poor people and communities. AKF, founded by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, was established in 1981 as part of the Aga Khan Development Network's social development program. The foundation's projects are primarily located in the poorest areas of Africa and Asia, focusing on health, education, culture, rural development, institution...
  • Founded in October 1997 with the support of the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council of Addis Ababa, the Addis Ababa Muslim Women's Council (AAMWC) supports women's right to engage in social, economic, and political life as recognized by the Ethiopian constitution and the Qur'an. Awareness-raising is a key programmatic goal, and AAMWC holds frequent workshops discussing the social responsibilities of both women and men from an Islamic perspective. It also addresses reproductive health issues,...
  • Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC, formerly known as the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) is a holistic development organization that works primarily in Bangladesh but also has projects in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The four main BRAC programs include: BRAC Economic Development Program; BRAC Social Development, Human Rights and Legal Education Services Program; BRAC Education Program; and BRAC Health Program, including one of the most...
  • Founded in 1926 by Hasyim Asy’ari, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) supports education, cultural engagement, and socioeconomic development rooted in Islamic principles of justice, diversity, and tolerance. It is the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia, with an estimated membership of 30 million. In 1999, the NU created a political party called the Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa (National Awakening Party, PKB), which ranked fourth in the popular vote during the election. Drawing on widespread respect for...
  • Muslim Aid is a British Muslim relief and development organization that focuses on building self-reliance in affected areas to help promote sustained development. It has worked with tsunami-affected countries, earthquake victims in Pakistan, where it helped build houses and shelters, and victims of flooding in Cambodia. Other programs include sanitation and water, orphan and widow care, and emergency relief. Muslim Aid also allows Muslims to fulfill their charitable religious obligations...
  • Founded in 1971, the Abu Dhabi Development Fund (ADFD), a state-managed development bank financed by the government of Abu Dhabi, supports the social and economic development of countries throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, including regional and international efforts toward the same end. ADFD provides development assistance through project loans, grants, equity investments, and technical assistance. Loans are typically offered with low interest rates and lengthy repayment and grace...
  • Formed in 1995, Sarkan Zoumountsi (Chain of Solidarity) is an indigenous non-profit organization rooted in Islamic principles and headquartered in Yaounde, Cameroon. The organization was founded in response to poverty and economic crises in Cameroon, as well as social problems such as preventable diseases, organized crime, and educational problems. Its main objectives include fighting against poverty by improving education standards for underprivileged members of the population, encouraging...
  • The Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID) emphasizes the compatibility of Islamic and democratic political thought as central to its quest to find solutions for ongoing conflict and development challenges that affect the Muslim community of Mindanao. The council includes members from civil society, academia, the media, private sector, military, and government, as well as religious leaders; institutional partners include the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the United States Institute of...
  • The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is a multilateral financial facility designed to channel aid from OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) to developing countries. OFID provides concessional loans for balance of payments support and implementation of development projects and programs, as well as grant funding for technical assistance activities, food aid, research, and humanitarian relief work in developing countries. Loans are provided both to public and...
  • The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) is a Saudi government agency that channels bilateral aid to developing countries, predominantly through grants and soft loans. Established by royal decree in 1974, the fund began operations in 1975. Loans often support infrastructure development, such as road and dam construction, construction or rehabilitation of hospitals and health clinics, and the expansion of water and sanitation services; they also support work in education, housing and urban...
  • Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OIC International) emerged out of the US civil rights movement as a domestic program to offer skills training and job placement to unemployed African-Americans, but rapidly expanded to focus on economic development issues worldwide. The organization focuses primarily on Africa, but has affiliates in the Philippines and Poland. It has created sustainable development partnerships with large private-sector organizations like oil and mining...
  • Cross International focuses on empowering local church-based ministries by giving them the resources they need to continue serving the poor. Their work began with programs in Haiti and has now branched out to include Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In addition to shipping medical supplies and equipment, Cross International also supports orphanages and feeding programs. They deliberately assume a community-based approach that encourages their church partners to act as development leaders...
  • IMA World Health (formerly known as Inter-Church Medical Assistance) is a non-profit focused on improving the health of vulnerable and marginalized people that serves as a key link between government and corporate pharmaceutical donors, US development faith-based organizations like Church World Service, and local health care initiatives. It targets tropical diseases, diarrhea, and pneumonia and provides treatment and care for HIV/AIDS. The network provides expert medical supply procurement...
  • MAP International focuses on providing essential health services and supplies in a relief and development context, using the concept of "Total Health" to promote holistic, sustainable transformation. The organization's core initiative helps train and equip community health providers and traditional birth attendants who can then oversee service provision in their own locales. It has also developed good relationships with major pharmaceutical companies and often acts as a channel for top...
  • Medical Teams International (MTI, formerly Northwest Medical Teams) has been involved in disaster response since 1979 and continues to send both medical professionals and supplies to affected areas such as Indonesia and Darfur. Many of the organization's initiatives are directed towards children and vulnerable women. MTI’s development programs assist in creating sources of clean water and basic sanitation, and basic healthcare services focus on issues like disease prevention and nutrition....
  • Mercy Ships is a global Christian charity that uses floating hospital ships to make specialized surgical care available to those who might otherwise not have access to it. Procedures include cataract and tumor removal, fistula treatment, cleft palate reconstruction, tooth extraction, and other kinds of maxillofacial surgery. All services are free, sponsored by individual and corporate (often in-kind) donations. In addition to professional medical staff, Mercy Ships relies on volunteers to...
  • Founded in 1985 upon the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) dedicates itself to alleviating poverty, hunger, and disease for all people regardless of race or religion. In addition to grant-making, AJWS sends Jewish professionals and volunteers to the developing world to partner with local NGOs on projects. The organization supports projects in over 20 countries in civil society promotion, education, health, and sustainable agriculture. Additionally, many...
  • Life for Relief and Development (LRD) is an organization founded by Arab Americans in 1992 to meet humanitarian needs emerging in Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War. The organization now operates projects in twenty countries, including Afghanistan, the Palestinian territories, Haiti, Sierra Leone, and Native American reservations in the United States. Initiatives assist refugees and victims of natural disasters, provide integrated assistance to vulnerable families and orphans, expand medical...
  • InterAction is the largest alliance of US-based international development and humanitarian non-governmental organizations. Formed in 1984, the two main goals of the organization are enhancing the effectiveness and professional capacities of its members engaged in international humanitarian efforts, and fostering partnership, collaboration, and leadership among its members as they strive to achieve a world of self-reliance, justice, and peace. InterAction places an emphasis on expanding...
  • Geneva Global is an organization aimed at guiding philanthropic giving by using business-style expert research, analysis, and evaluation to identify the opportunities, risks, and challenges of grassroots development projects that truly produce “Life Changes.” Especially valued by foundations and wealthy individuals and families capable of funding entire projects, the organization matches donors and programs using both regional distribution and topical criteria such as health, disaster, or...
  • Founded by former World Bank executives, GlobalGiving provides a direct link between donors and charitable projects by creating a project marketplace. Projects are categorized via eight themes and six geographic regions, ranging from democracy and civil society promotion to economic development and environmental sustainability. An extensive verification process ensures that all listed projects can deliver results and are compliant with government regulations, including voluntary Patriot Act...
  • Since 1982, the National Christian Foundation (NCF) has helped donors make ethical donations while ensuring that all recipients do not violate Christian principles. Its services include charitable annuity and trust management, as well as tax-friendly liquidation of charitable gifts including real estate. The NCF Giving Fund program offers donors the ability to direct their contributions without the hassle and cost of creating an independent foundation. NCF has also been tagged by Forbes...
  • Founded in 1971 and rooted in Christian values, Opportunity International (OI) is a leading microfinance organization that serves over 1.3 million clients in more than 20 countries, with an operating budget of more than $25 million. OI's local partner organizations provide small business loans, training, and advice, and work to create jobs, stimulate small businesses, and strengthen poor communities. OI is funded by grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Caterpillar...
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat global hunger by focusing on rural development. The FAO serves as a source of information and a knowledge network, assisting member countries with the development of agricultural policy, effective legislation, and other national strategies that reduce hunger and develop rural areas. Additionally, the FAO works to include average women in agricultural sectors of the economy and ensure...
  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations organization devoted to creating jobs, ensuring worker rights, improving social protections, and encouraging social dialogue on work-related issues such as employee discrimination on the basis of religion. The ILO's gender and development goals include equality of opportunity, remuneration, association, decision-making, and career development. Unlike other UN agencies, the ILO has a tripartite structure as its governing body,...
  • The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the main source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as for regional integration. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice, and technical assistance to the public and private sectors in its Latin American and Caribbean borrowing member countries. The IDB Group is composed of the IDB, the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), and the...
  • The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a US government-created foreign aid agency aiming to reduce poverty through sustainable economic growth. MCC only works with developing countries that meet strict standards of governance, economic structures, and investment in people. To become eligible for the large, multi-year compact grants, countries must meet independently measured performance indicators and have plans created with input from multiple stakeholders and with reasonable,...
  • The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was launched in 1961 to administer United States foreign aid programs and grew out of the Marshall Plan and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program. With programs and partnerships around the world, USAID works to further U.S. foreign policy promoting democracy and free markets while improving the lives of peoples in the developing world. Program areas include agriculture, governance, the environment, education, global...
  • The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the government of the United Kingdom that manages Britain's development aid and works to eliminate extreme poverty. Reflecting the importance of international aid, this organization is spearheaded by a senior cabinet minister. DFID supports long-term missions to help address the underlying causes of poverty and also responds to immediate emergencies. It works in over 150 countries worldwide with over 64 offices overseas and...
  • The French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement, AFD) is France's international aid organization. AFD funds sustainable development projects throughout the world, placing a heavy emphasis on Africa and French overseas territories, with two-thirds of aid intended for Africa. AFD also operates in Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Its actions favor economic growth and environmental preservation, particularly within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals. AFD...
  • The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) provides rescue, relief, and renewal to Jewish communities in need around the world. The organization was founded in 1914 in response to the suffering of Jewish Palestinians and has helped Jews in over 70 countries. JDC launched an International Development Program in 1986, which provides relief and aid to all people regardless of religion; likewise, during disasters the JDC takes a non-partisan approach to helping those most in need of...
  • Catholic Relief Services, founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States, is the official international relief and development agency of the US Catholic community. Its mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, to promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. As of 2013, CRS operates on five continents and in 91 countries. Funding for the...
  • Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations working across the globe. United since 1950, Caritas provides development assistance in diverse project areas, always seeking to help the most vulnerable groups in society, such as women and children affected by trafficking. Other areas of focus include peace and reconciliation, emergency assistance, economic justice, climate change, and HIV/AIDS. For instance, Caritas runs...
  • Founded in 1912, the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) has worked for over a century around the world on innovative community health programs that mobilize faith-based facilities and organizations. Programs focus on distributing medical supplies in resource-poor countries, placing volunteer medical professionals in faith-based healthcare facilities, and providing medical care and humanitarian aid following disasters. In 2003, CMMB partnered with the Pan American Health Organization in a...
  • The Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) is a multifaith, international network of women leaders who are dedicated to the peace and reconciliation process in conflict and post-conflict regions. These leaders come from religious, government, and civic sectors and share two primary goals: to bring alternative resources—spiritual, economic, or educational—to aid in healing conflict; and to relieve the social and economic stresses that lead to violence. The organization believes in the woman's...
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is a British-based charitable organization founded in 1984 by Dr. Hany El Banna with a mission to alleviate the suffering of the world's impoverished. Inspired by Islamic values, the organization both provides emergency relief and develops sustainable projects to aid those around the world who are in need. Development projects are aimed at improving health and nutrition; reducing child and maternal mortality; providing safe water; creating sustainable...
  • World Concern is a Christian relief and development NGO that champions women’s empowerment as a crucial element of its efforts. Its special “Women of Purpose” program partners North American women with women’s groups overseas to provide training and microcredit opportunities. The World Concern Development Organization, a partner entity, channels money for development from the US government and various foundations; since 1991 it has received over US$52 million in USAID and foreign development...
  • The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women is a collection of information focusing predominantly on domestic and sexual violence within the United States. It was created in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The website offers information on prevention strategies, services for survivors, and public advocacy support. In addition, the site has been updated to include resources on human trafficking, female genital mutilation, and global women's...
  • The Inter-Ecclesiastical Committee for Peace in Angola (COIEPA) works for peace and human rights in Angola, offering workshops and training activists to help collect small arms from the country's population. COIEPA has also partnered with the WHO on its Safe Injection campaign. Though COIEPA gained international prominence for its peace efforts during the civil war, it has since been criticized as ineffective. COIEPA was established in 1999 by three Catholic and Protestant umbrella...
  • Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) is a non-profit Christian organization that runs a number of hospitals and health centers throughout Cameroon and also provides training for health workers. It was started over 60 years ago and currently operates in six of Cameroon's ten provinces and boasts five hospitals, 74 health centers, and a private training school for health workers; it also provides chaplaincy training for pastors and social workers. Additionally, the organization...
  • Founded by Christian missionaries in 1959, Tokombere North Cameroon - The Project for Human Promotion is a Christian development organization that initially focused on schooling and health but has expanded to take on a range of other projects, including agricultural projects and initiatives for women and youth. Programs emphasize food security, primary education, community-based health care, and women's empowerment. Other project members proclaim the Christian faith, promote human rights, and...
  • Groupe Jeremie, based in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a civic education organization that organizes peace-building and reconciliation activities and promotes democracy and the defense of human rights. Launched in 1993 by Christian activists, the group’s members include professors, lawyers, priests, and lay citizens. The group hosts seminars and conferences and engages in lobbying work for human rights, particularly displacement issues. For example, Groupe...
  • Jewish Women International (JWI) is dedicated to championing the safety of women and girls, healing victims of abuse, and breaking the cycle of violence in Jewish relationships and homes. JWI opened its first permanent chapter in 1909 in San Francisco and has since expanded to over 50 local chapters. JWI produces curricula that teach the basics of healthy relationships, along with ways to recognize and escape abuse, with different programs tailored to children, teens, and adults. The...
  • Heirs of Justice (Héritiers de la Justice), founded in 1991, is a Protestant-affiliated organization based in the Democratic Republic of Congo that focuses on human rights and peace activism in South Kivu Province and the Great Lakes region as a whole. The organization has worked with refugees from Burundi and Rwanda, and places a high priority on women and children's rights. Heirs of Justice carries out many of its projects through its Defense and Mediation Committees (CMD), which serve as a...
  • Die Johanniter is the historically recognized German Protestant branch of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, founded in the twelfth century to assist pilgrims to Jerusalem and committed to Christian witness and compassionate care for the poor and sick. Relief agency Johanniter-Unfallhilfe provides emergency first aid and transportation services, hospice care, meal delivery, and care for the elderly and disabled; it also conducts overseas relief and development work in cooperation with...
  • Help (Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V.) is a humanitarian relief organization operating worldwide that emphasizes partnerships with local organizations as essential to promoting sustainable and lasting development. Created by the German parliament in 1981 to raise donations for Afghan refugees, the organization’s financial support comes from private donations, government subsidies, and large international donors. Besides emergency and disaster relief, Help engages in long-term development...
  • The Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JECCDO) is a non-profit organization based in Ethiopia that has been working with orphaned and vulnerable children since 1985. JECCDO strives to improve health care and educational standards for children, promote urban agricultural and sustainable environmental practices, reunite children with families, and teach disadvantaged children to become self-reliant. This organization has four major programs: integrated community-based...
  • Based in rural Ghana, the Christian Rural Aid Network (CRAN) is a non-governmental development organization focused on community development, early childhood education, and evangelization. The organization has established schools in several villages and provides supplies, including furniture, books, and teaching aids, to communities in need. CRAN has also created special institutions to offer women job training and professional skills workshops. Other programs teach non-traditional...
  • The Muslim Relief Association of Ghana (MURAG) works across Ghana to empower impoverished communities so that they become meaningful contributors to the country's socioeconomic development. Programs especially target women and the elderly through vocational retraining and microcredit programs. The group has also worked on environmental and health issues, particularly reproductive health, female genital mutilation, and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria prevention. MURAG was founded in Accra...
  • Established in 2002 by the Baptist Convention of Kenya, the Baptist AIDS Response Agency in Africa (BARAA) is an umbrella organization that coordinates Baptist efforts on HIV/AIDS issues, with a focus on prevention and access to testing and treatment. The group works with orphans and conducts programs to encourage abstinence and marital fidelity and has helped offer testing to over 120,000 people. BARAA also provides a frank discussion of HIV/AIDS on their website and other materials and...
  • The Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) coordinates the health activities of various Protestant groups in Kenya. As part of its efforts, CHAK promotes HIV/AIDS awareness through capacity building and advocacy, and delivers medical supplies and equipment to clinics around the country. Services provided by CHAK emphasize the prevention of malaria and mother-to-child HIV transmission and the distribution of essential drugs. Utilizing the Kenya Episcopal Conference’s health facilities,...
  • InterChristian Fellowships’ Evangelical Mission (ICFEM) is a non-profit organization that combines evangelic tradition with holistic community development. Founded in Kenya in 1995 by Christian convert Solomon Nabie, the organization initially focused on promoting evangelism in Kenyan communities and assisting with development projects to help people become more spiritually and practically self-supporting. The group has since extended its efforts towards agriculture, agroforestry, and...
  • Founded in 2003, the Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance (KMYA) empowers and trains young Kenyan Muslims to become leaders equipped to make a difference in contemporary society. The organization also reaches out to impoverished communities. Program areas include reproductive health, malaria prevention, governance, peacebuilding, education, and career counseling. Reflecting these commitments, KMYA has sponsored several initiatives such as environmental clean-up exercises and sports and cultural...
  • Named for a local shantytown, Kisumu Urban Apostalate Programme - Pandipieri is a non-governmental organization and a Christian community that helps serve vulnerable residents of Kisumu, Kenya by providing health, education, and children's services. The organization has 20 projects that are managed by 80 employees and numerous volunteers from the surrounding community. Pandipieri's health program offers a spectrum of HIV/AIDS-related services, as well as health and hygiene education classes...
  • BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights is a non-profit women’s human rights organization composed of activists, lawyers, and social scientists. It works to improve Nigerian women’s status under all forms of law, religious and secular, and promote universal human rights. Founded in 1996 and operating out of Lagos, the organization raises awareness through its published materials and organizes workshops, campaigns, and events across its fourteen member states in Nigeria. BAOBAB includes a number of...
  • The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) is a faith-based umbrella organization that links Islamic women’s groups in Nigeria and promotes Muslim women’s viewpoints on the national stage. Since 1985, the federation has worked to spread Islam through dawah and to advocate for Muslim girls’ education—and thus, to improve the status of Muslim women and children, to advance Nigerian development projects, and to promote the “positive social behavior of Muslim girls.”...
  • Organized in 1971 by Peter Batchelor and Barnaba Dusu, Rural Development Counsellors for Christian Churches in Africa (RURCON) focuses on helping churches and Christian development organizations effectively engage in holistic transformation that benefits the poor and marginalized. Short-and long-term consulting and mentorship initiatives address capacity building issues including project management and evaluation, strategic planning, leadership development, and community mobilization. RURCON...
  • The Society for Family Health Nigeria (SFH) helps youth, low-income groups, and vulnerable high-risk groups in Nigeria choose healthy behaviors related to HIV/AIDS, malaria, reproductive health, and child survival SFH especially focuses on mothers, pregnant women, and children under five years. Anti-malaria programs distribute bed nets and easy-to-use, affordable medical treatment packages; water purification and hygiene initiatives reduce diarrheal disease. HIV/AIDS-related efforts include...
  • Community AIDS Response (CARE) is a non-profit organization that provides medical and spiritual care to South Africans living with HIV/AIDS. It also concentrates on building individual relationships with and among patients through counseling assistance and income generation. CARE's efforts to provide holistic care for patients have drawn the organization into other types of development work as well, such as an initiative to produce a special type of corn-based food and in drives for used...
  • The Damietta Peace Initiative, based in Pretoria, is a Franciscan outreach effort that encourages collaboration among different religious groups in order to spread peace in Africa. The organization is driven by the principles of non-violence and reconciliation as inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, who is also remembered for his peaceful engagement with Muslims. Drawing on national, international, religious, and secular resources, the project especially focuses on organizing Pan-African...
  • The Joseph Project offers educational services, spiritual guidance, and networking opportunities focused on forming the next generation of Christian leaders in South Africa. Activities include improving educational facilities, offering practical assistance to needy families attempting to secure legal citizenship, and recruiting teachers to join the Johannesburg community. It also provides educational/school readiness services to young children through the Seeds of Hope preschool program; a...
  • MASHAV, Israel's official overseas development agency in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, promotes sustainable development around the globe using insight from Israel's own experience. Consequently, MASHAV often sponsors projects in agriculture and water resource management, education and community development, refugee resettlement, and emergency medicine; women's empowerment is also a central project goal. MASHAV works primarily in the Middle East, including joint projects with the...
  • The Sudan Inter-religious Council (SIRC) strives to strengthen tolerance and cooperation within the divided country while serving as a conduit for conflict mediation in local communities divided along religious lines. SIRC also strives to protect religious freedom and increase ties between various religious leaders, as well as encourage implementation of the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement. In 2007, SIRC hosted the International Conference on Muslim-Christian Dialogue in Khartoum, Sudan; it has...
  • Established in 1934, the Christian Council of Tanzania (Jumuiya Ya Kikristo Tanzania, CCT) is a network of churches and Christian organizations that promotes unity and helps increase effectiveness in responding to HIV/AIDS and other challenges, including climate change and gender inequality. CCT capacity building efforts extend to emergency relief, good governance, interreligious dialogue, and youth issues. Their Peace and Justice program fosters a network of faith-based and civil society...
  • Zanzibar Children's Fund (ZCF) is an Islamic development organization that focuses on alleviating poverty. The organization runs an orphanage, which receives financial support from an internet cafe operated by ZCF. The organization has also completed infrastructure projects, such as building sanitation systems on the island of Pemba, and used community networks to facilitate the rehabilitation of young drug addicts. In 2004-2005, ZCF participated in a twelve-month project with USAID to...
  • Founded by Ruth Bulyaba, Another Hope Children's Ministry (AHCM) is a Ugandan non-profit organization that works with orphans and street children, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS. It focuses specifically on those in the war-ravaged districts of Nansana West II and Wakiso. The organization provides educational assistance, food, clothing, shelter, and medicine. In addition AHCM offers vocational training and "market-oriented skills" to provide for the long-term future of the children...
  • The Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) coordinates Catholic health units in Uganda, assists in personnel training and the evaluation of facilities, and represents and advocates for Roman Catholic health care services nationally and internationally. A scholarship fund provides financial support to medical staff seeking further training and education; technical assistance includes assistance with financial software and web-based e-mail, and information about hospitals, clinics, and diocesan...
  • Founded in 1995, the William Mmutle Masetlha Foundation (WMMF) is a Baha'i organization that supports education and vocational training initiatives in Zambia. Its parent organization, the Masetlha Institute, was founded in 1983 and offers community-based education in areas including literacy and health, as well as spirituality. One of the WMMF's initiatives, the Banani International Secondary School, is a residential girls' school specializing in science and agriculture; in 2003, the Banani...
  • The Zimbabwe Christian Alliance (ZCA) is a network of Christian groups launched in 2006 to promote peace and governance in Zimbabwe. The organization works to raise domestic and international awareness of issues affecting Zimbabwe. ZCA focuses on decreasing corruption, raising economic equality and justice, creating efficient social services, and promoting peace and reconciliation. The organization also works with human rights including advocacy work and peacebuilding seminars. ZCA has...
  • Abaana, a small British FBO founded in 1998, aims to share the love of God in a practical way to those who need it most by working to alleviate poverty among African children. Abaana supports child sponsorship and projects such as school construction and outreach to street children. The organization also works to increase access to basic healthcare and clean water through the construction of wells and water pumps. The majority of Abaana’s projects have been completed in Uganda, but the...
  • The African Muslim Environment Network (AMEN), officially launched in 2006, brings together Muslim leaders from Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe to cooperatively address poverty reduction and environmental degradation in their communities. AMEN is especially focused on promoting information-sharing and networking among Islamic groups already engaged in such efforts, as well as assisting mosques in becoming key project design and implementation centers. Specific projects...
  • The International Religious Health Assets Programme (IRHAP) works with policy makers, health workers, and religious leaders to promote collaboration and expand knowledge about religious health assets. The organization's primary projects are to map health-related FBOs in Africa, build connections between religious groups and other public health groups, and conduct and review research on religion and public health. Current initiatives focus on access to and the efficacy of FBO-run HIV/AIDS...
  • The Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) works to eliminate female genital mutilation and other practices that negatively affect women and children in African countries. Its multifaceted outreach includes youth programs, women's empowerment seminars, microcredit programs for former excisers, public policy advocacy, and outreach to religious leaders in order to enlist their help in arguing that religions such as Christianity and...
  • The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) is the largest ecumenical association of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, and indigenous churches in Africa, representing over 120 million Christians from forty countries. Founded in 1963, the AACC emerged during decolonization and reflected the desire for mature, autonomous churches that could provide moral and ethical guidance to the nation-building efforts of the era. Its nine general assemblies have focused on themes like "Troubled but not...
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the central coordinating body for the Millennium Development Goals—an initiative that seeks to halve global poverty by 2015 through the achievement of intermediary target goals. Operating in 166 countries, the UNDP connects nations and resources through campaigning, consultation, and analysis. Overall, the UNDP has seven areas of focus: democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, environment and energy, HIV/AIDS,...
  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a UN development agency engaged in campaigns, education, and consultation that promote women's empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, and development strategies informed by population dynamics. Since the landmark 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, UNFPA has been committed to establishing universal access to reproductive health care and primary education by 2015, as well as reducing infant and maternal...
  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) connects and facilitates global efforts to protect and care for children. Programs are grouped under five themes. First, child survival and development focuses on proper breastfeeding techniques and health care during pregnancy and after birth. Second, HIV/AIDS initiatives use a gender-sensitive approach to improve health care and education among women and children. Third, gender equality and education programs promote universal basic education...
  • Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is part of the Diakonisches Werk of the EKD (the Social Service Agency of the German Protestant Church), one of the biggest welfare institutions in Germany, and provides humanitarian aid worldwide to people who have fallen victim to natural disasters, war, and displacement. It currently maintains three permanent regional offices in Africa and Latin America that are responsible for the coordination of aid programs in their respective regions. Diakonie...
  • Founded in 2008, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation is dedicated to promoting interreligious dialogue and understanding, as well as inspiring interfaith initiatives which address global development challenges. These interfaith anti-poverty efforts are coordinated under the Faiths Act project, one of the organization's earliest initiatives which trains young adults (Faiths Act Fellows) to facilitate interfaith cooperation against malaria. The foundation also focuses on reaching youth with the...
  • The seven zones and 45 countries within Caritas Africa form one of the regional conferences of Caritas Internationalis, the Roman Catholic aid and development organization. The organization operates based on its core values of solidarity, service, and subsidiarity, and especially supports service provision at the local level. Program areas include conflict resolution, climate change, human trafficking, integrated development, and disaster relief. The Caritas Africa blog provides updates on...
  • Stek, the Foundation for City and Church (Stek, voor Stad en Kerk) is a faith-inspired organization working on behalf of the local church in the midst of the (secular) city. Stek programs include self-empowerment initiatives for marginalized populations, welfare and social assistance efforts, and programs for women and children. In addition to running its own initiatives, Stek also supports the work of Protestant partners throughout the country. Throughout all its efforts Stek focuses on...
  • Cordaid is a Dutch relief and development organization involved in a wide variety of issues, including health care, quality of urban life, access to markets, and peace and conflict. Current program foci include emergency aid and reconstruction, access to healthcare and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, entrepreneurship and economic justice, and improving societal participation of women, slum-dwellers, and other marginalized groups. Each year around 170 million is spent on initiatives in the...
  • The ImpACT Coalition (Improving Accountability, Clarity and Transparency) is an organization made up of charities and trade bodies working to increase public trust and inspire confidence in charitable and voluntary activities. The coalition, now with approximately 400 members, encourages all charities or voluntary organizations to join and has been recognized by well-known organizations such as Oxfam and UNICEF. Members receive free access to the ImpACT Toolkit, which helps organizations...
  • Prisma is an international development association which facilitates cooperation among Dutch evangelical and Reformed churches on poverty and development issues. It is currently a partner in the ICCO Alliance, comprised of Dutch organizations with microfinance programs. A number of Prisma initiatives address the HIV/AIDS pandemic, ranging from policy development to networking and awareness raising; in addition, Prisma contributes to the Christian AIDS Resource and Information Service, run by...
  • The Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) works to eradicate poverty and support development by promoting structural justice. ICCO is primarily a financing organization and often disperses Dutch and European government funds. It also offers emergency aid, capacity-building programs, and loan assistance when possible. Programs focus on three thematic areas: basic social services provision, fair economic development, and democratization and peace building. ICCO is...
  • Established in 2005 with support from the Christian Conference of Asia, the Asian Interfaith Network on AIDS (AINA) connects and supports Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist religious leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS. AINA's objectives are to establish and promote country-level interfaith HIV/AIDS networks, build the capacity of FBOs to respond to the epidemic, and create a supportive environment for faith-based responses to HIV/AIDS. The network focuses on the fight against all forms...
  • Founded in 1973, the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC) is a regional ecumenical organization dedicated to the holistic development of Caribbean societies. Since 1998 HIV/AIDS has been a key focus of its programs; initiatives address behavior change, care for people living with or affected by the disease, provide education and advocacy, and seek to advance the theological understanding of human sexuality. In cooperation with the University of Western Ontario, CCC also offers a Master of...
  • Established in 1962, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) is the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and promotes human development and social justice in witness to Christian faith and Gospel values. Working with local organizations, it promotes over 1,000 development programs worldwide to further social justice and improvement in the quality of life for impoverished and oppressed people. CAFOD also engages in extensive educational work and...
  • The Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (CADRE) is a South African non-profit organization dedicated to research, program development, and communication on issues relating to HIV/AIDS. Specifically, CADRE is committed to "fast-tracking" appropriate response models for preventing HIV/AIDS through informed policy research in Sub-Saharan and Southern Africa. Notably, all CADRE research remains within the public domain; it often appears in the peer-reviewed African Journal of...
  • Christian Aid is a relief and development NGO that combines advocacy campaigns with grassroots implementation in over 60 countries. HIV/AIDS interventions focus on community-based health care, education, empowerment of people living with HIV/AIDS, support and care for orphans and vulnerable children, and mainstreaming HIV/AIDS into emergency and post-conflict relief. Christian Aid is also heavily engaged in global advocacy efforts to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and pressure OECD...
  • Church World Service (CWS) provides a common coordinating structure for the humanitarian and development activities of 36 American denominations, including Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican bodies. It emphasizes partnerships with indigenous organizations as most effective for long-term development and incorporates capacity-building elements into as many projects as possible, as exemplified through the extensive partnerships in CWS's Africa Initiative. CWS programs include a broad range of...
  • An ecumenical organization, Churches United in the Struggle Against HIV/AIDS in Southern and Eastern Africa (CUAHA) was established in 2002 and focuses on five areas: theology and the ethics of HIV/AIDS, caring for people living with HIV/AIDS, education and training, information and communication, and networking. The organization produces materials on ethical and theological aspects of HIV/AIDS and shares the latest training methods and information with HIV/AIDS workers throughout the region....
  • DanChurchAid (DCA), headquartered in Copenhagen, is an ecumenical humanitarian organization that supports human rights and gender equality throughout its programming in emergency relief, food security, discrimination and political marginalization, land mines, and HIV/AIDS. It grounds its HIV/AIDS interventions in the following principles: the importance of advocacy, a rights-based perspective, gender equality, multidimensional prevention, sexual and reproductive rights, fighting stigma and...
  • The Geneva-based Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) is a broad ecumenical network whose advocacy efforts are focused on fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic and securing more just global trade structures. EAA coordinates advocacy campaigns, develops accompanying resources, and fosters links between faith-based organizations and civil society and intergovernmental partners. The organization's most recent campaign, "Keep the Promise," is a lobbying effort aimed at keeping governments, NGOs, and FBOs...
  • The Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) is a Christian non-profit organization that works to develop just and sustainable church pharmaceutical systems and lobbies African governments and donors for financial support of faith-based health services. Its 2010-2015 strategic plan emphasizes access to medicine, professionalization training for pharmacy personnel, networking and information sharing, and HIV/AIDS care and treatment. In one partnership EPN is working with Church World Service to...
  • The Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) is a network of hospitals and community health programs that operates primarily in central, northern, and northeast India and supports holistic development rooted in preventative health care for the poor and grassroots capacity building. The network began with a group of Christian doctors who took over 13 mission hospitals during the 1960s. EHA's programs focus on HIV/AIDS, slum renewal, dentistry, reproductive health, functional literacy, and community...
  • Established in 2000, the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) seeks to mobilize religious networks in Africa to distribute anti-retrovirals to block mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. The Alliance has also assisted communities in developing detailed action plans for a comprehensive HIV/AIDS response specific to community needs. It implements interventions focusing on youth HIV prevention, women's empowerment, and orphan care. GAIA currently works with faith-based partners in Malawi,...
  • Founded in 1988, the Islamic Medical Association of Uganda (IMAU) supports Muslim health professionals in Uganda, where approximately 16% of the population is Muslim. A year after its founding, the organization held a National AIDS Education Workshop, which shaped the way in which the Muslim community in Uganda approached the AIDS epidemic. IMAU is one of the major factors in the success of HIV/AIDS education and prevention in Uganda. The success of their programming results from having...
  • World Vision Guatemala (Fundación Visión Mundial Guatemala) is a national World Vision affiliate engaged in relief and development work that particularly addresses the needs of children and youth. Initiatives focus on community-based malaria awareness and prevention, disaster relief and mitigation, youth participation in the arts, and education. Between August 2007 and January 2010 the organization was the principal recipient of a US$3.7 million Global Fund grant to reduce tuberculosis in the...
  • Founded in 2001, the Kenya Inter Religious AIDS Consortium (KIRAC) is an umbrella body of religious and faith-based organizations and their partners dedicated to developing a coordinated response to HIV/AIDS. Specifically, the consortium strives to promote HIV/AIDS awareness by organizing, monitoring, and mobilizing the activities of faith-based organizations throughout the country and emphasizing the role of religious and ethical values in eradicating HIV/AIDS. Core programs target...
  • The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is an ecumenical body with 145 member churches in 79 countries that cooperate on a variety of dialogue and development efforts. "The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification," affirmed by Lutherans and Roman Catholics, remains a notable example of LWF ecumenical work. The Global Lutheran World Federation Campaign against HIV/AIDS began in May 2002, issuing "Breaking the Silence," which promoted supportive and accepting church communities....
  • Established in 1912 by Kyai Haji Ahmad Dahlan, Muhammadiyah is Indonesia's oldest Islamic organization and promotes a modern Islam free of superstition and syncretism. Muhammadiyah and its affiliated women's organization, Aisyiyah, have an estimated 30 million members. Muhammadiyah and Aisyiyah (M/A), though technically autonomous, work closely together on social programs throughout Indonesia: the two organizations have collaborated to build schools and universities, as well as hospitals and...
  • The National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (NEAC) is the Episcopal Church's institutional response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Formed in 1988, NEAC is dedicated to providing support for HIV and AIDS ministries across the United States through aiding caregivers, guiding prevention efforts, educating church members about HIV/AIDS, building support networks, providing pastoral care to those affected by HIV/AIDS, and advocating for "more compassionate" HIV/AIDS policies. NEAC is a membership...
  • The Pan African Christian AIDS Network (PACANet) works to expand and improve churches' HIV/AIDS-related activities by facilitating networking among churches and Christian organizations, supporting church initiatives through technical assistance and capacity building programs, and mobilizing churches to engage in community education and advocacy. PACANet's six-stage process investigates existing church and HIV/AIDS resources in a country before suggesting opportunities for partnership and...
  • Founded in 2000, Positive Muslims is a South African NGO committed to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and offering support to Muslims living with the disease. The organization is led by Faghmeda Miller, the first South African Muslim woman to disclose her HIV-positive status, and Farid Esack, a prominent Islamic scholar. Programs include prevention, lobbying, and research activities, but the main focus of the organization’s work is counseling and support for people living with HIV/AIDS...
  • The South Asia Inter-Religious Council on HIV/AIDS (SAIRC) is a network of religious leaders committed to combating HIV/AIDS through cooperative advocacy, anti-stigma and discrimination initiatives, and compassionate prevention and care for those living with and affected by the disease. SAIRC held its inaugural meeting in New Delhi in November 2004. Led by Secretary General Akhtarul Wasey, the council developed a "Consensus Framework for Action" outlining the new organization's goals,...
  • Rooted in evangelical Christianity, Tearfund works with local partners to respond to disaster and promote sustainable economic development. Tearfund programming addresses areas like improved sanitation, disaster relief and management, climate change and natural disaster protection, international trade justice (primarily through the handicrafts line "Created"), and rebuilding social trust in post-conflict environments like Rwanda and South Sudan. The Inspired Individuals Initiative supports...
  • The Hope for African Children Initiative is a partnership that addresses the acute needs of children and families living with HIV/AIDS. Affiliates include CARE, PLAN International, Save the Children, the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa, Religions for Peace, World Vision International, and the Network of African People Living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to offering basic assistance and education to orphans, HACI also works to maintain family relationships by providing treatment to infected...
  • Founded in 1986 and led by Dr. Kezevino Aram, Shanti Ashram is dedicated to integrated rural development informed by Gandhian principles. The Ashram offers multiple programs including children's education, environmental restoration, democratic governance, peace education, and interfaith dialogue. Others initiatives include microcredit and income generation, women's empowerment, youth leadership, and community health, and HIV/AIDS awareness. The UNICEF-funded Aravanaippu (“compassionate care”...
  • The World AIDS Campaign (WAC) is a coalition of civil society groups (including FBOs) dedicated to raising public awareness, fighting the negative stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, and holding governments accountable for the promises they make concerning HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. To this end, WAC sponsors events like World AIDS Day, which brings together people throughout the world to catalyze action in both local and international communities, and supports HIV/AIDS advocacy at the...
  • The Expanded Church Response Trust (ECR) serves as a resource center in Zambia for churches and faith-based organizations directly involved in HIV/AIDS outreach. In addition to leading anti-stigma campaigns, ECR offers training, educational materials, and other capacity-building assistance to its local partners. Through other partnerships the organization is able to support prevention and youth-oriented programs, home-based care, and anti-retroviral therapy centers. ECR also functions as an...
  • Through the Association of World Council of Churches related Development Organisations in Europe (APRODEV), 17 European development and humanitarian aid agencies already partnered with the World Council of Churches use their combined influence to promote just and fair development policies within the European Union. APRODEV members support holistic development that demonstrates respect for creation and human rights, especially gender equality, and the Millennium Development Goals serve as...
  • A Jesuit-inspired organization based in Nairobi, Kenya, Nyumbani operates three programs that work to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. One program, known as the Children's Home, shelters and cares for infants and children that were abandoned due to their suspected HIV status. A second initiative is the Lea Toto Community Outreach, which uses home-based care and support services to assist HIV-positive children living in the surrounding...
  • The Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB), a national umbrella organization for Protestant health units, helps create health policy in Uganda and advocates on behalf of its members. Founded in 1957, the organization strives to empower its members and partner effectively with the government to provide care. In recent years UPMB capacity building initiatives have focused on improving HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs among its members, and the organization is also working to...
  • Tevel b'Tzedek ("the earth in justice") encourages Israeli and Diaspora Jewish engagement on social and environmental justice issues. The organization's core program brings Israeli and Diaspora Jews to Nepal to immerse themselves in Nepalese language, culture, and politics as they study sustainable development, economics, and globalization; participants spend their remaining time volunteering on a variety of development projects, including child outreach centers, youth theater groups, and...
  • The brainchild of Jewish philanthropist Anne Heyman, the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village is a rapidly expanding home for hundreds of Rwandan children orphaned during the genocide. Drawing on the expertise of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, the village offers shelter, food, and medical care, as well as psychological care and education to its inhabitants. This holistic environment is designed to give children the skills and confidence that...
  • Through the cooperation of its 15 church-based members, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank helps people in developing countries achieve food security. Projects address a spectrum of needs, from emergency food aid to agricultural development projects and international advocacy. The central office coordinates projects and offers capacity-building assistance, while member agencies and local partners propose and implement projects. In a nod to Canada's agricultural heritage, the bank accepts donations...
  • The International Interfaith Investment Group (3iG) is an organization that helps faith institutions representing religions from around the world build financially successful portfolios while maintaining a commitment to responsible investment and interreligious dialogue. Through pro-active practice it terms "faith-consistent investment," 3iG presents a platform for organizations to share best practices on subjects such as finance management, conflict resolution, and environmental concerns. In...
  • The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships promotes cooperation between the federal government and non-governmental organizations in addressing social issues. Established under the administration of President George W. Bush and restructured by President Barack Obama, the office is the main point of contact for faith-based organizations seeking government support for their social programs. The central office coordinates with 11 agency-based offices to streamline...
  • Founded in 2006, the Asia Faiths Development Dialogue (AFDD) facilitates interfaith dialogue and cooperation in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. The organization especially focuses on the nexus of religion, globalization, violent conflict, and development; one broader goal is to promote faith and human rights education as mechanisms for development and positive transformation. The organization has hosted an annual forum since 2006 on the concept and practice of dialogue in the...
  • The Community of Sant'Egidio is a lay organization of Catholics founded in 1968 by Andrea Riccardi to promote global evangelization and charity. Its principles include prayer, communication with the gospel, solidarity with the poor, ecumenism, and dialogue as a means of conflict resolution. One of its most prominent programs is the International Prayer for Peace, an annual gathering of many faiths and cultures, while its DREAM program has become a standard-bearer for HIV/AIDS programs. It has...
  • Founded in Venezuela by a Jesuit priest, Father Jose Maria Valaz, in 1955, Fe y Alegría is a multifaceted organization with a focus on education in slum areas. Fe y Alegría educates over one million children at the pre-school, primary, and secondary education levels in 18 countries, mostly in Latin America. The organization runs over 2,000 centers with nearly 35,000 staff members, not including volunteers. Bringing together religious and governmental factions with a common goal of providing...
  • Founded in 1989, Medair is a Christian NGO dedicated to providing health services, emergency relief, and development assistance to vulnerable, chronically underserved populations. Core program strengths are primary medical care, water and sanitation, and shelter and infrastructure; all programs integrate capacity building elements to promote local self-sufficiency. Preventative and curative health services address the spectrum of health needs, such as vaccination and tuberculosis treatment....
  • Theologically rooted in nineteenth century English Methodism, the Salvation Army (SA) combines a quasi-military religious hierarchy with an emphasis on evangelism and care for the poor. It has approximately 1.5 million members worldwide and operates in 115 countries and territories, and the organization has become widely known and respected for its locally based development work. SA institutions offer services related to health care, education, and shelter, and they frequently provide...
  • Cross Catholic Outreach (CCO) is part of the Cross International Alliance, an ecumenical Christian network that seeks to aid "the poorest of the poor." Cross International believes all Christian faiths can find common ground in caring for the poor and the suffering. CCO focuses its attention on providing resources for Catholics, and the Cross International Alliance facilitates collaboration between Catholic and Protestant leadership. CCO began in Haiti but has expanded to Africa, Asia, and...
  • Founded in 1985, East Belfast Mission (EBM) is the oldest and one of the largest community organizations in Northern Ireland and engages in community development and service in the Newtownards Road, Ballymacarrett district of Belfast. By working in partnership with a variety of social service and governmental organizations in Belfast, EBM plays a central role in homeless services, job training, youth outreach, and housing work in Protestant East Belfast. EBM's Glenn Jordan launched a new...
  • By partnering with faith-based organizations of all traditions, the Center for Interfaith Action - Religions for Peace (CIFA) aims to improve the capacity and effectiveness of the faith community in its collective effort to reduce global poverty and disease. Noting that resources of faith organizations are currently underutilized and limited in the global partnership against poverty, CIFA focuses on improving collaboration and research between groups, as well as advocating for the faith...
  • World Renew (formerly the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee), the relief and development arm of the Christian Reformed Church in North Amierca, oversees community development, disaster relief, and networking and advocacy activities in over 30 countries worldwide. CRWRC's "Free A Family" community development program combines the personal connection of child sponsorship with the broader impact of community-wide programming, while other initiatives stress local involvement and...
  • The Earth Institute of Columbia University works with over 850 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and students to expand the boundaries of sustainable development and to educate the world on the interconnectedness of Earth’s systems. Through scientific research and application, the Earth Institute addresses nine global challenges: climate and society, water, energy, poverty, ecosystems, public health, food and nutrition, hazards, and urbanization. The institute uses the institutional...
  • The fourth-largest transparently operated private foundation in the world, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to enhance global healthcare and reduce extreme world poverty, and, in the United States, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett. The Gates Foundation has an endowment of US$40.2 billion as of January 2014. The 2014 annual letter from Bill Gates...
  • The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria facilitates the distribution of public and private sector financing to strengthen and supplement existing efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund supports integrated initiatives that address the spectrum of prevention and treatment needs and have been cooperatively identified by government, civil society, and private sector stakeholders as key national priorities. Recipient programs...
  • Founded in 1987, Partners in Health (PIH) conducts medical services, training for health care workers, research, and advocacy as part of a commitment to free, accessible primary health care, combined with a revitalized public health infrastructure and initiatives that address basic social and economic needs identified through community partnerships. In collaborations with Harvard Medical School, the association has conducted innovative research on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, leading to...
  • Launched in 2002, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is a Chicago-based international NGO dedicated to building a global movement of young leaders committed to promoting religious pluralism. Instead of focusing a dialogue on political or theological differences, the organization builds relationships on the values that people share, such as hospitality and environmental concern, and explores how youth utilize these values to contribute to their community. IFYC is structured around three main...
  • Malaria No More (MNM) aims to eradicate malaria worldwide using the private sector expertise of business leaders to foster entrepreneurial solutions to this global issue. Focused on eliminating the operational constraints to malaria eradication, the organization uses cross-sector resource mobilization, marketing campaigns, and targeted investments to identify vulnerable areas and then distributes mosquito bed nets, effective medicine, and targeted spraying to stop malaria-related deaths....
  • Project Muso Ladamunen (the Project for the Empowered Woman) works to break the devastating cycle of poverty and disease by equipping participants and Malian communities with skills and resources to develop their own solutions to these challenges. The Springboard Microfinance Program encourages entrepreneurship through loans, grants, and skills training, and through a partnership with Tostan, Project Muso offers participatory education courses in basic literacy, math, and health skills. A...
  • The Micah Network unites approximately 320 evangelical Christian relief and development organizations, along with over 200 associate members, as they help one another more effectively minister to both spiritual and material needs around the world; the network's purpose is cooperation and information-sharing, rather than direct program implementation. Current strategic goals include improving capacity among members, promoting the theology of "Integral Mission," and expanding advocacy efforts...
  • Established in 1961, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism conducts policy advocacy and social justice outreach and education on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism and Central Conference of American Rabbis. Based in Washington, DC, the center is active across a wide variety of issues, including climate change, immigration reform, health care, peace and security for Israel, and international development aid. These topics are addressed through legislative advocacy, social justice...
  • The Balm in Gilead helps faith communities within the African diaspora develop the resources to address diseases like HIV/AIDS. The organization's premier event is the Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, an effort to help churches break the stigma of HIV/AIDS, educate their congregations, and build connections with local prevention, testing, and treatment organizations. Its other initiatives include a campaign to promote HIV testing and a capacity-building program for faith...
  • Saddleback Church is an influential non-denominational megachurch in southern California with diverse ministries addressing Christian spiritual development, community outreach, and care for the sick and vulnerable. Fellowship groups offer options for children through senior citizens, and others address specific needs related to particular medical and relational issues. Additional programs provide assistance with financial stewardship, addiction, and parenting skills. The Saddleback Church...
  • The non-profit United Nations Foundation (UNF) helps the UN effectively address global challenges through public-private partnerships, cooperative advocacy, community building, and resource gathering. Main areas of focus include children's health, climate and energy, sustainable development, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, technology, and women's health. UNF supports the Nothing But Nets Campaign against malaria as well as initiatives that target measles and polio. Energy efficiency and energy...
  • Under the supervision of the Anglican Church in Zambia, the Zambia Anglican Council (ZAC) coordinates the church's economic development work. Health care is a major priority; ZAC oversees a network of diocesan healthcare workers, as well as care and education programs that address malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. In 2010, the council began partnering with NetsforLife Africa and Christian Aid on an anti-malaria initiative. Other projects focus on education, income generation opportunities,...
  • Disciples Nations Alliance (DNA) supports churches worldwide as they seek to transform societies both spiritually and materially. This holistic ministry focuses on the role of the local church and local resources in spreading the hope and healing of Jesus Christ. A network or "school of thought" rather than an implementing body, DNA hosts training sessions and helps partners around the globe find new methods of collaboration; its website offers online access to training materials, as well as...
  • Watoto Child Care Ministries, founded in 1992, provides comprehensive care for over 1,500 parentless children, many orphaned by HIV/AIDS. With an innovative model that mimics a family structure, eight orphans live together with a housemother in a home within one of three larger villages. Each Watoto village includes a school open to the surrounding community, medical clinic, and church/community center. Electricity, running water, and food are sourced within the village. Watoto also runs a...
  • Solidaridad fights structural poverty and promotes sustainable economic development and fair trade practices in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. The organization works with both producers and companies to develop sustainable supply chains; Solidaridad has expertise with coffee, tea, cocoa, soy, sugarcane, palm oil, cotton and textiles, fruit, and gold production. Brief case studies, available online, describe successful Solidaridad initiatives. Launched in 1969, Solidaridad operated...
  • Founded in 1948, the Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM) is a national ecumenical organization of 24 Protestant denominations working on human rights issues and sustainable development. It began as a fellowship organization ensuring the survival of the Protestant Church in Mozambique which was initially under threat from Catholic Portuguese colonial rule and then later from the Marxist FRELIMO government. Members of CCM played a pivotal role in arranging and facilitating the dialogue...
  • The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) works with national agencies to craft a policy consensus that represents the Jewish voice, building coalitions and providing support and guidance to member agencies. It seeks to protect the rights of Jews, to further the safety and security of Israel, and to promote a more just, harmonious society in the United States. Key areas of focus include democratic pluralism and social justice. On the development front, JCPA has been active in mobilizing...
  • Ecumenical Women (EW) brings together Christian denominations and ecumenical organizations that have status with the UN's Economic and Social Council in order to promote gender equality and just power structures within the church and around the globe. EW holds advocacy training workshops, facilitates networking, and coordinates ecumenical representation at the United Nations, including the Commission on the Status of Women. The organization's website also provides access to academic articles...
  • Launched by Protestant and evangelical churches and Muslim communities in 2003, the Interfaith Commission for Rwanda (ICR) is designed to promote unity and reconciliation and activities that foster it. One effort supports aid programs that help reconcile genocide survivors, prisoners, and their families. It also uses development to promote reconciliation, such as a community water project jointly managed by a committee involving an area's major religious communities. It is led by Anglican...
  • Part of the global World Vision network, World Vision Rwanda (WVR) is a Christian relief and development organization focused on helping orphans and vulnerable children and promoting sustainable development and community reconciliation. Core programs work with children and communities to provide education assistance, psychological support, income generation opportunities, agricultural and vocational training, and health care and HIV/AIDS prevention education. During the genocide WVR provided...
  • The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (Insani Yardim Vakfi, IHH) is an Islamic non-profit human rights and relief organization based in Istanbul. It organizes disaster relief programs and defends basic human rights, including the right to be economically self-sufficient. The foundation has given aid to the predominantly Muslim victims of wars in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Chechnya and works on five continents to implement projects in many areas, including human rights,...
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), a division of the Presbyterian Church (USA), operates a wide range of programs that supply food and shelter in the wake of a disaster and also attempts to facilitate the transition to long-term recovery. It often works with ACT International, a Swiss-based coalition of global Christian relief and development groups, the Foods Resource Bank, and Church World Service, as well as local churches and faith-based organizations. Volunteer disaster response...
  • A Netherlands initiative with interfaith support, the Knowledge Centre Religion and Development unites academic research with practical insight to improve the work of development organizations around the world. The organization focuses on building cooperative networks of NGOs and FBOs involved in development and civil society building, facilitating public discourse on the role of religion in development, and supporting research that informs more effective policymaking in this area. Past...
  • Transitions is a Christian non-profit that provides rehabilitation and reintegration for survivors of sex trafficking. It grounds itself in the ideal of female empowerment: moving from "freedom without a future" to fulfillment. Founded in 2007 in Cambodia, Transitions has roots in a long-term aftercare center for minors in Phnom Penh, but it has since expanded to offer progressive opportunities for older adolescent victims to acquire social and career skills that prepare them for adulthood,...
  • Franciscans International (FI) represents the global Franciscan community at the United Nations and other international institutions. Peacemaking, combating poverty, and “creation care” are top priorities for the organization; they also engage in human rights advocacy. Their development work focuses on increasing funding for and access to development projects, and they consider support for sustainable environmental practice an integral part of their anti-poverty efforts. The organization's...
  • The US branch of Islamic Relief Worldwide, Islamic Relief USA educates, informs, and raises awareness domestically and internationally about humanitarian issues and its various relief and development projects. While the US office is primarily focused on fundraising, Islamic Relief USA does provide emergency disaster relief and also assists the American homeless population and supports those lacking basic health care through its annual "Day of Dignity" project that occurs in fourteen cities...
  • International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE) is an international coalition of 17 Catholic development agencies based in Belgium that focuses on issues of advocacy, development, and education. Founded on Christian values, CIDSE works in close conjunction with numerous faith-based networks and organizations worldwide to strengthen their moral voice and influence political decisions in institutions such as the EU, UN, WTO, and international financial institutions. The...
  • Founded in Iran in 1844, the Bahá’í International Community (BIC) is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions and has more than five million adherents in 236 countries and territories. Bahá’ís come from nearly every national, ethnic, and religious background. The major principle of the faith is the unity of all religions and of mankind. BIC engages in social and economic development work, emphasizing grassroots action. This process begins with consultation, where all...
  • A Pittsburgh-based charity, Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) is a religious aid agency that partners with international corporations, institutions, and organizations to distribute financial resources abroad. Supplies range from books and educational materials to food, medical supplies, and agricultural goods. The organization has been repeatedly recognized by Forbes magazine and the Better Business Bureau as one of America's most efficient charities. Over the course of 52 years, BBF has...
  • Oxfam America, an affiliate of Oxfam International, seeks to reduce global poverty and hunger through campaigns in over 30 countries around the world. Its programs center around agriculture, community finance, hunger and food security, workers' rights, and equality for women, among others. Its campaigns primarily take the form of public education initiatives, emergency aid assistance, and advocacy. Oxfam America is a secular organization but often works with faith leaders and communities in...
  • Founded in 1968, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth, ZPG) is a national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources. This translates into support for widely available family planning services and environmental protection programs. Population Connection has over 110,000 members and participating educators who implement K-12 lesson plans...
  • Founded in 1973 in response to famine in Ethiopia, the Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA) is an association of non-governmental and civil society organizations that lobby for poverty alleviation and policy advocacy. The first legally registered association of this kind in Ethiopia, the CCRDA provides a forum for collective vision and effective and sustained impact. While originally an organization of Christian groups, the consortium now includes many secular...
  • ZOA Refugee Care works to facilitate reconciliation and rebuild livelihoods among and with those affected by armed conflict and disaster. The organization focuses on major infrastructure projects, including water and sanitation, long-term food security, and education facilities; throughout all its projects, ZOA emphasizes peace-building, gender equality, and capacity-building among local organizations. In addition to receiving institutional funding from donors like the European Union and...
  • Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based relief and development organization dedicated to working with the world's poorest countries to eliminate extreme poverty and support sustainable long-term improvement. Programming is evenly split between disaster relief and long-term development issues like education and health-related programs that address the needs created by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The organization also sponsors a variety of livelihood initiatives to improve food and income security. Its...
  • An affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide, Islamic Relief Germany supports a variety of relief and development programs across the globe, both through financial assistance and organizational partnerships. Its six program areas include disaster relief, education, water and sanitation, livelihood development, health and nutrition, and orphan care. Islamic Relief Germany also supports programs specifically aimed to help poor Muslims observe and celebrate holy days like Ramadan and Eid-al-Adha...
  • Part of the global World Vision network, World Vision Netherlands (WVN) conducts its relief and development work with a special focus on children living in poverty. Founded on Christian principles, WVN also engages in public policy advocacy work as a way of combating pervasive social injustice. Collaboration with a variety of partners across the North and South is another key characteristic of WVN's work, since work in areas like education and health is channeled through its child sponsorship...
  • Concern Universal is a British relief and development organization active in nine countries and dedicated to helping local communities find sustainable ways to meet their own needs, working in a diversity of cultures and religions. In addition to emergency prevention and disaster response activities, the organization oversees water and sanitation projects through the rehabilitation of water points and educational programs on hygiene. Concern Universal supports equitable development for women...
  • A part of the global World Vision network, World Vision UK is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to partnering with the poor to eradicate poverty and injustice. Advocacy efforts focus on the root causes of poverty, often disseminating policy research to governments and international organizations and working to ensure the oppressed and marginalized are awarded the legal rights they deserve. Disaster management programs are equipped to respond to both natural...
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury's International Development Secretariat (IDS) is dedicated to supporting the development work of the members of the Anglican Communion and facilitating collaborations with other relief and development organizations, both secular and faith-based. The secretariat's efforts are currently focused on partnerships with the Anglican churches of sub-Saharan Africa, especially on initiatives in HIV/AIDS and malaria, capacity-building and program design, and education. In...
  • Transparency International (TI) works to expose and eliminate corruption around the world. The organization believes that corruption directly causes poverty and also poses a barrier to its reduction. Deliberately non-partisan and non-sectarian, TI does not conduct specific investigations but instead concentrates on networking governments, civil societies (including religious communities), businesses, and the media. Together, these facets of society can establish advocacy campaigns to...
  • Created in 1997 and inspired by the success of Grameen Bank, the Grameen Foundation helps microfinance institutions and other development organizations attract the funding and workforce necessary to continue assisting clients. Improving access to microfinance and technology services is the major focus of Grameen Foundation's work. Four centers provide training and assistance with capital management, human capital and workforce retention, information and communications technology, and...
  • The Cedar Fund, founded in 1991, is a Hong Kong-based Christian relief and development organization that partners with churches and Christian groups to share God's love with the poor and disadvantaged. The organization has supported relief work in South and Southeast Asia, Haiti, and Africa. Its development programs include community healthcare and HIV/AIDS work, economic development initiatives, agricultural and environmental projects, and integrated development programs for women and...
  • Founded by Chinese Christians, the Amity Foundation works to promote social development and public welfare, facilitate ecumenical cooperation, and raise the profile of Chinese Christian contributions to socioeconomic development. Amity also seeks to increase knowledge about China and to serve as a medium for cross-cultural dialogue. One of Amity's biggest projects is to help the blind, deaf, mute, and disabled live fulfilling lives without being ostracized from mainstream society. Amity is...
  • Jinde Charities (founded as Beifang Jinde Catholic Social Service Center in 1997), the first domestic Catholic NGO in China, focuses on development in China and reaching out to marginalized members of Chinese society. Ongoing initiatives include disaster relief, education and scholarships, HIV/AIDS prevention, care for the elderly, and anti-trafficking projects. One of the charity's central goals is to link international organizations with the local church in China. As a result, Jinde...
  • Founded in 1978, the Church of North India's Synodical Board of Social Services (SBSS) works with marginalized communities to address local needs and empower people to advocate for their rights. Programs prioritize work related to livelihoods and food security, social exclusion and community identity, and land rights; all SBSS initiatives incorporate a focus on gender, grassroots advocacy and networking, and the role of the church community as an agent of transformation. Four regional...
  • The Kien Kes Health and Education (KKHEN) is a Buddhist organization based in Battambang, Cambodia, that addresses the health and social effects caused by the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the surrounding community. The monks involved in KKHEN work towards providing holistic prevention, care, and social support for those exposed to or suffering from HIV/AIDS, with a special focus on orphans and vulnerable children. They also train additional volunteers in HIV/AIDS education and care and mentor a...
  • Located in Battambang province, Cambodia, Wat Norea Peaceful Children’s Home (NPC) foundation provides care to those affected by HIV/AIDS with a focus on helping orphans and vulnerable children. Where possible, children living at NPC are reintegrated into their local community through immediate and extended family or other community members. The organization established the Buddhist Leadership Network to address issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, human rights, and gender equality. NPC...
  • The National Religious Partnership for the Environment draws on the common scriptural foundation of member religious groups to advocate for environmental protection. The partnership was jointly created by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and the Evangelical Environmental Network. The work of the NRPE, which includes both interfaith and tradition-specific projects, consists of...
  • Established in 2006, the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture is an organization of 116 scholars that facilitates and disseminates research on the intersections of different cultures, religions, and the natural world. The society produces The Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture and The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, and also holds conferences for scholars. The third and most recent international ISSRNC conference was held in Amsterdam...
  • An independent national chapter of Religions for Peace, Religions for Peace USA (RFPUSA) brings together representatives of many of the United States's diverse religious communities to promote peace and justice through interreligious dialogue and understanding. Programming emphasizes mentoring emerging leaders through internships and research assistantships, and collaboration with other Religions for Peace branches is another key organizational goal. RFPUSA also develops resources that help...
  • Founded in 2004 by Muzammal Hussain, Wisdom in Nature (WIN, formerly the London Islamic Network for the Environment) seeks to build an advocacy base for environmental ethics within the United Kingdom's Muslim community and in cooperation with those of all beliefs who share a commitment to protecting the environment. WIN hosts monthly forums, conducts workshops and training seminars, and sends representatives to advocacy events. The organization also emphasizes social organizing and an...
  • Currently led by Bishop Charles E. Blake, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is a black Pentecostal denomination that considers feet washing a sacrament, in addition to baptism and the Eucharist. With over five million members, it is one of the nation's largest African-American denominations. COGIC's auxiliary ministries focus on missions and evangelism, youth outreach, music and dance, and education; other initiatives include a prayer center, chaplaincy ministry, and a health and wellness...
  • Global Impact is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the poorest people on earth. Established in 1956, its membership includes more than 80 US-based international charities. It is the central fund and awareness raiser for groups such as Save the Children, Doctors without Borders, and Mercy Corps, as well as a number of other charities that promote self-sufficiency and provide hope and stability to communities in great need; it also works to improve relationships between faith-based...
  • The UK-based Christian Ecology Link (CEL) is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 that provides resources on environmental conservation to Christian communities. Those resources include several publications- prayer guides, hymns, and the magazine Green Christian, among others. The group also organizes conferences for members. CEL’s recent initiatives have focused on encouraging the consumption of organic, locally grown foods and connecting churches with secular environmental protection...
  • Founded in 2005, the Association of Buddhists for the Environment (ABE) is a network of Buddhist monks and nuns in Cambodia promoting environmental protection. ABE connects Buddhist clerics with ecology experts to use local pagodas as centers of environmental education. Although it is traditionally unusual for Buddhist clerics to engage in communities, forests and the environment have a unique sacredness in the tradition. Examples of ABE projects include small-scale community projects such as...
  • Cevaa (a French acronym for Evangelical Community of Apostolic Action) brings together 35 churches worldwide to offer cooperative Christian witness. Members work to combine proclamation of the gospel with concern for the material needs of humanity. In addition to evangelization, Cevaa facilitates resource-sharing and capacity-building among members, as well as the expanded participation of women in mission work; financial cooperation and personnel exchange are two key activities. The...
  • Buddhism for Development (BFD), founded in 1990, promotes socially engaged Buddhism and socioeconomic development in Cambodia. Formed in a refugee camp, the organization emphasizes peacebuilding and reconciliation. It seeks to work alongside Cambodians, respecting their rights and lifestyles, to ameliorate some of the devastation caused by three decades of war and civil strife. The organization targets Cambodian youth—70 percent of the population is less than 30 years old—with formal...
  • Tung Lin Kok Yuen is a Buddhist educational charity in Hong Kong founded in 1935 by a rich entrepreneur's wife to teach women Buddhist philosophy. When Tung Lin Kok Yuen was established, it merged with two other schools to create the first Buddhist school for girls in Hong Kong. Currently, Tung Lin Kok Yuen operates three schools in Hong Kong: Po Kok Secondary School, Po Kok Primary School, and Po Kok Branch School. Tung Lin Kok Yuen initiated and continues to sustain a Buddhist educational...
  • Founded in 1992, the United Trungram Buddhist Fellowship (UTBF) is an network of Buddhist centers dedicated to spiritual advancement through the promotion of nonviolence, social justice, and mutual understanding. Rooted in the stories of Milarepa, a Tibetan poet and saint, UTBF works to promote Buddhist studies, advance educational opportunities, and provide health care and emergency relief to underserved populations. UTBF's Dharma Centers teach both introductory and advanced courses on...
  • Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women is an organization empowering the world’s Buddhist women to work for peace and social justice while promoting gender equality inspired by Buddhist principles. Established in 1987, the organization has almost 2,000 members in 45 countries around the world. Every two years Sakyadhita sponsors an international conference, designed to bring together laywomen and nuns from different countries and traditions to share their experiences and...
  • Founded by monks from Wat Nokorbachey Monastery in 2005, the Buddhism and Society Development Association (BSDA) is a Cambodian Buddhist non-profit organization that focuses on two areas: reinforcing democracy and human rights in Cambodia and providing services to low-income children and orphans. BSDA works mainly with rural children and homeless children in urban areas. The organization’s largest project is education: BSDA encourages and provides the means for students to stay in school...
  • SantiSena is a Buddhist development organization that focuses on environmental protection and rehabilitation, peace-building (including the prevention of child trafficking and the promotion of democratic values), and rural development. The organization emphasizes the value of sustainable livelihoods to vulnerable populations such as orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS and in agricultural production and marketing. SantiSena works with other peace promoters, including influential monks like...
  • Founded in 2005, Chab Dai ("joining hands" in Khmer) is a coalition of 40 Christian organizations working in Cambodia with a focus on ending sexual abuse and trafficking. An umbrella organization, Chab Dai supports smaller indigenous groups by running capacity-building sessions, maintaining a resource center, facilitating networking among members, leading advocacy and prevention initiatives, and reaching out to organizations that provide rescued victims of trafficking with short- and...
  • The Evangelical Fellowship of Cambodia (EFC) is a coalition of organizations and churches in Cambodia and internationally that assists its members by managing relations with the Cambodian government and with the international donor community to facilitate development projects. EFC provides member organizations with training in leadership and management, conflict resolution, advocacy and information dissemination, and community organizing. It also provides resources for the organization of...
  • Ratanak International is a faith-based NGO that works primarily to prevent the sexual abuse and trafficking of children in Cambodia and to rescue and rehabilitate those that are trafficked. Founded in 1990 by Brian McConaghy, Ratanak currently runs a rehabilitation center and foster care for young girls rescued from brothels, along with a sex worker outreach center offering medical care, vocational training, counseling, and housing assistance; it also educates communities about child...
  • Founded with the support of the Malaysian government in 2006 as part of an initiative to further strengthen the country's position as an international Islamic finance center, the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) develops and disseminates knowledge about Islamic finance and supports national and international efforts to create new, religiously sanctioned financial instruments. The backbone of the university is the Chartered Islamic Finance Professional program,...
  • The International Islamic University Malaysia's International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) is an academic center that seeks to reconcile Islam with modernity and to promote healthy interfaith relations. The center's Unit for the Study of Islam, Modernity, Human Rights and Minorities hosts conferences dedicated to religious toleration and human rights in the Islamic tradition. More broadly, ISTAC's academic program studies the world's major religions, as well as more...
  • Established on January 18, 2005 and based in Kuala Lumpur, the Open Dialogue Centre (ODC) is a think tank that focuses on youth empowerment and the promotion of freedom and democracy. The ODC prioritizes work on religious freedom, toleration, and democracy. It has sponsored various fora and conferences on religion in Malaysian politics and the relationship between Islam and democracy. In 2006 ODC received a $70,000 grant from the National Endowment for Democracy to encourage political...
  • Established by the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute, the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation (WIEF) seeks to promote cooperation between Muslim entrepreneurs, companies, and governments in member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Concurrently, WIEF believes that intercultural exchange and interreligious understanding are necessary steps in making the world a better place, and that successful business relationships between Muslim and non-Muslim countries are an...
  • The Myanmar Council of Churches (MCC) is a Burmese ecumenical organization that promotes understanding and cooperation among different Christian denominations, sharing of resources among churches, a unified engagement with the state and other faith traditions, and coordinated effort in social welfare activities. MCC departments also focus on Christian education and literacy, women's empowerment, and youth leadership training. The organization originated in 1914 as the Burma Representative...
  • The Young Men's Buddhist Association (YMBA) in Myanmar is dedicated to fostering nationalist sentiment and religious devotion while providing educational and recreational opportunities for youth. Throughout its history the organization has educated youth against substance abuse and has promoted the maintenance of traditional Burmese and Buddhist culture. Founded in 1906, YMBA was modeled on the Young Men's Christian Association and built and ran schools using private donations and government...
  • Founded in 2006, Bodhigram is a Nepali organization that works to spread Buddhism through technology. The organization has three main projects: Buddhist films, Buddhist television, and a Buddhist encyclopedia. Since 2007 Bodhigram has been in production on its first movie, the full-length, animated Buddha: The Compassionate One, a biography of the Shakyamuni Buddha. Bodhi TV, the organization's television project, uses modern audiovisual technology to make Buddhist teachings easily accessible...
  • The Shangpa Foundation is a non-profit Buddhist organization in Nepal that promotes the teachings of the Buddha and provides educational resources and healthcare assistance to individuals living in Nepal's remote areas. The organization was founded in 1996 by Shangpa Rinpoche, a prominent Tibetan religious and educational leader.The foundation is involved in several other community projects, including the renovation of Jangchub Choeling Monastery in Pokhara, Nepal, the construction of the...
  • The International Buddhist Academy (IBA) is an international school for Tibetan Buddhism in Kathmandu, Nepal. The IBA was founded by Khenchen Appey Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist lama, in 2001. Sakya Trinzin, the leader of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism, is the patron of the academy. The IBA offers classes on Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhist history and has facilities to serve 500 students per academic year. Students are provided with on-site housing, and scholarships are available...
  • The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) studies, promotes, and coordinates the work of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines by formulating joint pastoral policies and programs, engaging the Filipino Church, and overseeing evangelization in the country while fostering relations with other episcopal conferences. Today the CBCP plays an active role in Filipino politics, representing the Catholic Church in legislative chambers and courtrooms. As of December 2013,...
  • He Cares Foundation is a Christian non-profit organization that works to alleviate the suffering of poor street children in metropolitan Manila by providing clothing, food, education, medical assistance, and spiritual support. Its mission is twofold: (i) to help street children find permanent residences so that they may lead safe, healthy lives; and (ii) to encourage street children to form personal relationships with God. Founded by full-time lay missionaries Joe Dean Sola and his wife,...
  • Founded in 1966 by Taiwanese nun Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation is a non-profit Buddhist relief organization that conducts social outreach projects in 47 countries with 372 offices across the globe and over five million supporters. Tzu Chi focuses on both spiritual and material welfare as it works to create a world without suffering inspired by Mahayana Buddhism. The foundation supports healthcare, education, environmental activism, and human rights initiatives. Tzu Chi is also involved in...
  • The Metta Dhamma project is a Lao Buddhist organization that mobilizes monks to lead their communities in HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Metta Dhamma is active in six provinces in Laos and the capital, Vientiane. The organization supports people living with HIV/AIDS through home visits, meditation classes, traditional healing ceremonies, and counseling. Metta Dhamma also runs the advocacy campaign “Buddhist Compassion: Hope and Help for People Living with HIV and AIDS.” Metta Dhamma works to...
  • Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is a Jesuit program whose mission seeks to give help, hope, and voice to the vulnerable and victimized populations of the world. Established in 1980 by Jesuit Superior General Pedro Arrupe, the JRS originally targeted only those countries affected by the Indochina wars. Presently, JRS’s outreach to refugees and displaced people occurs in 57 countries throughout Africa, Europe, and the Americas, with its headquarters in Rome. Programs include a range of practical...
  • Since 1945, Lutheran World Relief has addressed the relief and development needs of people around the world. Its efforts focus on three major areas: peace and justice, emergency response, and sustainable rural development. In many cases LWR relief and development efforts are linked to help reduce the vulnerabilities that exacerbate disaster situations. HIV/AIDS work forms a major component of LWR's Africa program. LWR also concentrates on improving food security in impoverished rural areas....
  • The Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) brings together Buddhist activists to fight for social justice issues including gender inequality, race, economics, peace, and the environment. Using Buddhist beliefs to promote good governance, they engage communities and train new activists to advocate for victims of violence and injustice. Inspired by Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Nahn, BPF was founded in 1978 and works with Buddhists from all traditions. The organization is based in Berkeley, California...
  • The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa (TEASA) seeks to connect evangelical churches in the country, strengthen their capacity to positively influence their communities, and convey common concerns to the media, government, and other stakeholders. Members consist of local churches, mission agencies, theological organizations, and individuals across denominational, cultural, racial, and other divides. Conferences, training seminars, and research programs focus primarily on the issues of...
  • The African Christian Democratic Party of South Africa (ACDP) was founded in 1993 and promotes moral values in civil society. It emphasizes reconciliation, justice, the sanctity of life, and the role of family and local community in upholding biblical principles. Primary issues of focus include education, unemployment, corruption, healthcare, security, land use, poverty, abortion, and capital punishment. Notably, the party's parliamentarians voted against adopting the current South African...
  • The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) serves as the central representative institution of most of the country's Hebrew congregations, Jewish societies, and institutions. The SAJBD protects the civil rights of Jewish people in South Africa, organizes a variety of services to the Jewish community to enrich and maintain Jewish life, and is involved in development and welfare activities that improve the lives of the country's disadvantaged communities. Biennial regional and national...
  • Founded in 1963, the Protestant Council of Rwanda (Conseil Protestant du Rwanda, CPR) works to foster unity among the churches of Rwanda, drawing on the Episcopal, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, and Evangelical Friends traditions. CPR promotes unity and holistic ministry in service to the people of Rwanda; its education department supports comprehensive schooling in preschool through post-secondary institutions, while other initiatives address gender and public policy issues. The council also...
  • Bread for All (Brot für alle) is the development agency of the Swiss Protestant churches that aims to achieve more equitable international socio-economic structures, to provide financial resources for development projects, to educate people about North-South issues, and to promote peace. Its projects deal with the right to food and agriculture, climate and development, fair trade, fair work environments and corporate social responsibility, and fair finances and anti-corruption initiatives;...
  • Founded in 1965, PMU InterLife is the humanitarian and economic development arm of the Pentecostal Alliance of Independent Churches and its international wing, the Swedish Pentecostal Mission. Education and health care are key areas of work, and today PMU InterLife and its partners work in 61 countries. PMU InterLife receives most of its funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO); it has...
  • Cord (originally Christian Outreach Relief and Development) is a Christian organization that specializes in working with displaced people in conflict zones, especially in terms of providing education, care for victims of trauma, and protection for women and children. In addition to its ongoing work with livelihood training and education, Cord's 2012-2016 strategy seeks "peace through partnership" and works to integrate HIV/AIDS, environment, and gender equality programming across the range of...
  • ALBOAN is a Jesuit NGO based n the Loyola Province of Spain that is committed to development, cooperation, and Christian spirituality. The organization works to create sustainable and equal conditions for people around the world, particularly in Latin America, India, and parts of Africa. Alboan translates its mission into action in three ways: (i) supporting education and training initiatives to increase understanding of and commitment to justice, (ii) supporting groups with similar missions,...
  • Founded in 1971, Alliance Sud (also know as the Swiss Alliance of Development Organisations) brings together six major Swiss NGOs to cooperatively conduct lobbying efforts and also examine and report on matters of development policy, especially in the economic domain, in order to serve the interests of poor countries. Alliance Sud favors fair trade policies (including debt relief), progressive environmental policies, and efforts to provide clean water to all people. Alliance Sud also engages...
  • The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund (Fastenopfer), a Swiss Catholic aid agency, promotes development projects aimed at increasing self-empowerment in poor countries. It also conducts outreach efforts in Switzerland regarding poverty and political issues in developing countries. In nations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, and Brazil, the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund works to strengthen local communities, establish food security and provide for other basic needs, resolve conflicts, and...
  • Swiss Interchurch Aid (Hilfswerk der Evangelischen Kirchen Schweiz, HEKS) is the aid agency of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and delivers humanitarian and development aid to countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Key focus areas include peace work, food security, refugee resettlement, and building local capacity; as a matter of principle, HEKS hires only local personnel to staff its field offices. HEKS also coordinates with other European churches to support...
  • Amici dei Popoli's work focuses on the young, children, and women, and on the formation of responsible citizens who feel empowered and needed in the process of humanitarian and development aid. In Italy, the organization works to educate the population about the need to live in a way that does not harm others, as well as to train volunteers to work in the variety of development areas in which its presence is felt. Amici dei Popoli also conducts preschool programs because of its core belief...
  • Indian Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC)'s mission is to help India's Muslims and minorities achieve security, freedom, and equality. One of the organization's largest objectives is providing educational assistance to Muslim communities in India by establishing scholarships and computer centers for villages, schools, and orphanages. Girls' education initiatives and an orphan support program extend opportunities to the most vulnerable. IMRC also works to protect the rights of Muslims within...
  • Established by the Muslim World League in 1978, the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) collects donations, zakat, and sadaqah in order to provide emergency relief and development assistance to Muslims in war-torn and disaster-affected areas. Programs focus on orphan care, vocational training and small business assistance, educational scholarships and curricular development, construction of schools and other civic buildings, and health care provision; the organization also runs a...
  • Jihad al-Bina is a large Islamic NGO that specializes in construction and agricultural development, with an emphasis on community participation. The organization works primarily in South Beirut, Southern Lebanon, and Bekaa. Jihad al-Bina has a diverse funding base: its annual budget of an estimated five million US dollars is believed to include funds drawn from Iran, contributions by local welfare associations, individual donations of both cash and property, profits for the Agricultural...
  • The League of Arab States is a regional organization composed of Arab countries in Southwest Asia and North Africa. Founded by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria in 1945, there are currently 22 member countries. The organization aims to increase cooperation between member states in order to safeguard their independence and sovereignty and to promote the interests of the Arab world. The Arab League has attempted to foster unified Arab nationalism and common foreign policies...
  • Established in 1969, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC, formerly known as Organization of the Islamic Conference) is an inter-governmental organization that acts as a collective voice and advocate for the Muslim world. The OIC also encourages cooperation in the political, economic, social, cultural, and scientific fields, along with efforts to safeguard holy Islamic sites and support the struggle of the Palestinian people. Today, the OIC has almost 60 member states from the Muslim...
  • Established in 1864 at the Geneva Conventions, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the world's largest humanitarian network. The movement monitors warring parties complying with the Geneva Conventions, provides medical care for the wounded, supervises the treatment of prisoners of war, and protects civilians during conflict. It incorporates the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and...
  • Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) is an international network that links diverse groups working towards equality for women and facilitates information-sharing, networking, and cooperative action among its members. Ending violence against women is a major cross-cutting theme of WLUML activities, along with promoting women's legal rights, resisting militarization, expanding the debate on women's bodily autonomy, and supporting women's ability to adopt multiple identities. Key activities...
  • The African Methodist Episcopal Church Service and Development Agency (AME-SADA) is a relief and development organization supported by the African Methodist Episcopal Church and concentrates its health and education efforts on programs in Haiti and South Africa. In Haiti it operates a series of health clinics as a USAID subcontractor and also runs teacher training and microcredit programs. In South Africa AME-SADA has shepherded the reemergence of Wilberforce Community College, which was...
  • An international Christian organization affiliated with the International Church of Christ and founded in 1991, HOPE Worldwide aims to change the lives of the world's poor, sick, and suffering. Dedicated staff and global volunteers deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy, such as health care and education programs on subjects like tuberculosis control in Papua New Guinea and HIV/AIDS prevention in Cambodia. Basic educational assistance, vocational and...
  • The India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) is an organization whose mission is to support volunteer-based and highly experienced non-governmental organizations in India to order to serve their target populations without regard to religion, caste, or creed. IDRF partner NGOs carry out projects in education, health care, disaster relief, sanitation, and income generation sectors. In 2002, a coalition of watchdog groups launched the Stop Funding Hate campaign, which accused IDRF of...
  • The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), a wing of the Presbyterian Church (USA), addresses development issues through the lens of hunger management, incorporating domestic aid and advocacy with international development assistance and fair trade initiatives. It operates primarily by offering grants to organizations whose goals support PHA's emphasis on simple living and hunger alleviation. PHA also develops education materials to help churches learn about hunger-related issues from a...
  • The Egyptian Food Bank (EFB) is a charitable organization that delivers food to orphans, the elderly, widows, families in need, and those unable to work. With a mission of defeating hunger, EFB collects food and donations from companies, organizations, and individuals to redistribute among the poor. It seeks to increase awareness about proper food recycling procedures and to invest in community projects to employ teenagers. EFB is committed to reassessing poverty levels on a regular basis so...
  • Hezbollah ("The Party of God") is an umbrella group that encompasses various Shi'a organizations, charitable and political. It is recognized primarily as a prominent Islamist party in Lebanon that the United States and Israel consider a terrorist organization. Rooted in Shi’a radicalism, Hezbollah began in 1982 as a militant force committed to liberating Lebanese territories occupied by Israel and to alleviating the resulting suffering. Hezbollah maintains a military wing, which bombed the US...
  • Named after the thirteenth-century Sufi philosopher-poet Mawlana Jalaladdin Rumi, the Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue (RFID) promotes research, education, and debate that fosters interfaith dialogue and support for democracy and peace. The forum hosts a wide variety of events, including conferences, study trips to Turkey, working lunches, and lectures featuring ambassadors from around the world; event multimedia resources are available on the forum's website. RFID also awards annual RUMI...
  • The Mortara Center for International Studies brings together the theoretical and practical arenas of international relations by promoting dialogue and collaboration between academics and foreign affairs practitioners. As part of Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, the center holds lectures, meetings, and conferences to further understanding of the political, economic, cultural, and ideological components of international relations and their interplay. In addition, the...
  • The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan, publicly-funded institution established to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts. USIP works to resolve violent conflict, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase capacity for conflict management through a wide range of grants, fellowships, workshops, and publications. Created by Congress in 1984, the Institute supports policymakers by providing analysis and policy options and...
  • With offices in Iran, France, and other locations, the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) promotes cultural engagement and coordination in education, science, culture, and communication to highlight the achievements of Islamic culture and support socio-cultural development. The organization works closely with a number of international organizations on dialogue projects, especially the United Nations. Inspired by the work of UNESCO, ISESCO gives particular...
  • Established in August 2003 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (the “Forum”) is an umbrella organization that unites leading youth NGOs with the aim of discussing issues of common interest and advocating for Muslim youth. Specific objectives include, supporting sustainable development, promoting formal and non-formal education, strengthening moral values of the young generation, and engaging in the dialogue among cultures and civilizations.
  • The Islamic Bank of Asia (IBA) engages in sharia-compliant Islamic banking and sits at the crossroads of the Asian and Middle Eastern markets, a unique position to help Middle Eastern and Asian corporate and private investors looking to enter the Asian capital market. Services include corporate banking, wealth management, and capital investment. IBA was incorporated in 2007 through DBS Bank of Singapore and a number of prominent Middle Eastern investors, primarily from Persian Gulf countries....
  • Operating under the slogan "Markets Fluctuate ... Principles Don't," the Iman Fund is committed to providing sharia compliance, diversification, low expenses, accessibility and flexibility, and active portfolio management. Dow Jones created the Iman Fund in response to demand from Muslim investors; the fund invests in solely sharia-compliant businesses that meet both the criteria of the sharia supervisory board and its own criteria for financial reward. The diversified fund is currently...
  • Founded in 1981, the Justice and Spirituality Movement (JSM) is the largest and most active Islamist movement in Morocco, and characterizes itself as a proactive evangelical group dedicated to the renewal of Islamic thought. JSM is banned from political participation due to its hostile rhetoric towards the Moroccan monarchy. It claims to support democracy but refuses to participate in elections that it regards as undemocratic and particularly repressive against the Islamist opposition. Its...
  • Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) promotes conflict transformation through cooperative, flexible, long-term engagement. Programs at the national, regional, and global levels target key stakeholders, including children and youth, women, civil society, media professionals, and ex-combatants, as well as cross-cutting themes like gender and bridging the Islamic-West divide; methods include media production and face-to-face dialogues. In the Middle East, SFCG is addressing the...
  • The National Democratic Party (NDP) was Egypt’s ruling party from 1978 to 2011. The organization is a direct descendant of the Liberation Rally, established by Gamal Abdel Nasser after he took power through the Free Officers’ Coup in 1952. The NDP was officially founded in 1978 by president Anwar Sadat, as part of a process formally intended to re-introduce multiparty competition in Egypt. Sadat's assassination by religious extremists in 1981 left the Egyptian presidency and the party...
  • A product of the alliance between AVINA Foundation and Centro Magis in Venezuela, Magis Americas mobilizes US resources to support over 30 projects working to expand the availability of quality education and vocational training for marginalized people in Latin America and the Caribbean. The NGO's Jesuit affiliation manifests itself in its focus on solidarity, empowerment, and spirituality; Magis Americas' main funding recipient is Fe y Alegría, a well-established network of schools and...
  • CARE International is a leading humanitarian organization that unites 12 national member organizations with other projects worldwide to fight global poverty. CARE International operates in more than 65 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, reaching more than 50 million people in poor communities. CARE focuses on both short term emergency relief in natural disasters and war as well as building long-term sustainable solutions in development. CARE focuses...
  • The Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center (JICRC) promotes interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians, as well as the legal regimes necessary to protect the rights of all to choose their religious beliefs and practices. JICRC has programs targeting youth, women, and imams, and cross-cultural dialogue trips are a key component of its work; for instance, the organization has sent imams to visit the United States and hosted visiting American student...
  • Established in 2001, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey is arguably the most successful Islamic-inspired democratic party in the world. Strongly pro-Western, the AKP advocates Turkish membership in the EU and has made enormous efforts to conform to Western standards of liberty and democracy, such as easing restrictions on Kurdish cultural expression, increasing freedom of press, and putting the military under civilian control. Though religiously very moderate, the AKP opposes...
  • Mazlumder is a Turkish human rights organization that works to protect freedom and end human rights abuses without showing preferential treatment based on the identity of either side. It emphasizes a conception of universal human rights informed by diverse cultures and not dominated by Western perspectives, and its work is deliberately broad in order to stress the interrelatedness of various human rights concerns, such as freedom of the press or minority rights. To this end Mazlumder staff...
  • Founded in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works to foster a universal respect for the rule of law and the rights of individuals recognized by the UN Charter through the advancement of global cooperation in education, science, communication, information sharing, and cultural exchange. Along with the rest of the UN system, its work also supports the Millennium Development Goals. Encouraging interreligious dialogue is another focus of the...
  • Established in 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) is the UN coordinating authority on international public health, tasked with monitoring, preventing, and treating key infectious diseases and promoting health worldwide. As a leader on global health issues, the WHO guides health research, sets health standards, and outlines policy options. The organization also provides countries with technical support by delivering vaccines and supporting national health campaigns. A secular...
  • The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has worked since its creation in 1994 to offer a Muslim perspective on contemporary issues, to encourage Muslim American civic participation, and to promote better public understanding of Islam. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, CAIR has been more active in monitoring hate crimes and hate speech against Muslim Americans, promoting civil liberties, and dispelling myths about Islam and Muslims. Other activities include legislative advocacy,...
  • Headquartered in Colombia and heavily influenced by Colombian clerics, the Council of Latin American Bishops (Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano, CELAM) supports networking, reflection, collaboration, and training among the national bishops' councils of Latin American and the Caribbean, such as its partnership with the Colombian Catholic hierarchy on a variety of peace initiatives. CELAM was integrally involved in the development of liberation theology, with its preferential option for the...
  • With over 2.8 million attendees in the United States, the Assemblies of God USA is one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the country. Since its inception, the denomination has emphasized evangelism and mission, and today that focus continues to inform its anti-poverty and development ministries, especially in Asia and Latin America. It also supports a variety of educational institutions, ranging from preschools to universities. The Assemblies of God USA conducts its ecumenical...
  • The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus) is a Pentecostal church founded in Brazil, now encompassing a world-wide movement with more than 2,000 houses of worship in over 46 countries, reaching six million adherents. The Universal Church is Brazil's largest multinational organization, netting more than one billion US dollars in income each year. While the Universal Church is only the fourth-largest evangelical church in Brazil, founder Bishop Edir Macedo...
  • The Colombian Conference of Bishops (Conferencia Episcopal Colombiana, CEC) represents the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Colombia. CEC has been an active participant in many of the negotiations aimed at ending the Colombian civil conflict. Initially, the Catholic hierarchy in Colombia was aligned with conservative political interests. However, in the second half of the twentieth century, bishops diversified their political ideologies, leading the Church to distance itself from partisan politics...
  • Freedom House promotes democracy and freedom and opposes dictatorships around the world with ideologies from across the political spectrum (including religiously-based totalitarian regimes). Its work combines analysis of trends of freedom and democracy and their abuse, advocacy on behalf of human rights and democracy, and action to strengthen civil society, promote open government, defend human rights, and facilitate the free flow of information and ideas. It actively supports democratic...
  • Founded by the Jesuits in 1972, the Center for Research and Popular Education/Peace Program (El Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular/Programa por la Paz, CINEP/PPP) is a peace and development research center that studies the Colombian conflict. In addition to publishing research reports, CINEP/PPP serves as an important research clearinghouse for data related to the military conflict, trade unions, civil society, human rights violations, and media coverage of the conflict. CINEP/PPP...
  • The National Council of Brazilian Bishops (Conferência Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil, CNBB) acts as the public voice of the Catholic Church in Brazil and promotes collaboration among Catholic clergy and institutions. Commissions address the needs of deacons and bishops, evangelization and catechism education, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, liturgy and theology, the promotion of the family and a culture of life, and the particular concerns of the Amazon region. CNBB has also led national...
  • Viva Rio is a Brazilian development organization focused on reducing urban violence and the poverty and exclusion so often associated with it. Community outreach programs target youth ages 15-24 with a variety of services, including alternative education options, job training, opportunities to participate in sports and the arts, and pre- and post-natal care for young mothers. Internet-based communication initiatives, like the news and culture website Viva Favela and internet forum “What’s up?...
  • The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) is a conglomerate of over 5,000 Catholic women's organizations affiliated with parishes and dioceses across the United States. A member of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations, the NCCW endeavors to educate and empower hundreds of thousands of Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service. It provides a forum for collaboration among Catholic women and among organizations and agencies with similar goals. It also represents...
  • With over 16 million members, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest and most influential Baptist denomination in the United States today. In keeping with its Baptist heritage, the SBC operates as a venue of cooperation and discussion for member congregations rather than as a preeminent voice of theological authority, though it does operate a number of theological seminaries. The Southern Baptist Convention does not belong to any ecumenical agencies (having left the Baptist...
  • The United Religious Initiative is a growing global interfaith community dedicated to ending religious violence by building cultures of peace and justice. The initiative covers 65 countries and over 100 religions and spiritual traditions. The organization prides itself on skill-building and decentralized leadership. In addition to peacebuilding activities, the initiative supports a Cooperation Circle Network for global communication and knowledge sharing. The group also has programs for...
  • Founded in 1970, Religions for Peace (RP, formerly the World Council of Religions for Peace) is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world’s religions dedicated to promoting peace. RP works in 55 countries to promote peace, alleviate poverty, and protect the environment. Programs include helping African children orphaned by AIDS through the Hope for African Children Initiative; establishing a Global Network of Women of Faith to provide support to women’s religious...
  • The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions facilitates interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural engagement as part of its mission to promote justice, tolerance, and peace. Through pre-parliament meetings and parliament programs, the Council has been a leader in interfaith work and peace-building internationally. The first parliament was held in 1893 in conjunction with the World's Fair in Chicago, marking the first formal meeting of Eastern and Western religious leaders. In 1988, two...
  • Representing African American Roman Catholics, the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) works in collaboration with other national Roman Catholic organizations to improve the spiritual, mental, and physical health of African Americans. The organization seeks to establish an agenda for the evangelization of African Americans and to encourage the freedom and growth of African Americans as full participants in the church and in society. It also endeavors to help candidates for the priesthood,...
  • The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America provides a wide spectrum of support services for Orthodox Jews in North America. The Orthodox Union is most widely known for its kosher certification department, which certifies companies such as General Mills and Land O'Lakes. Other programs include a job search and business networking system, a radio station with online programming, the magazine Jewish Action, and a synagogue network; the Orthodox Union also supports a number of Orthodox...
  • Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are complementary (but legally separate) organizations founded by Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda to promote religious and cultural harmony, social equality, human development, and world peace. The Math is a men's monastic organization, while the Mission is open to both monks and lay devotees interested in social service; they operate 171 centers worldwide. (Sri Sarada Math and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission are corollary independent organizations...
  • The Arab Democracy Foundation (ADF) supports the work of Arab civil society organizations that promote democratization and citizen participation initiatives. Acting as a funnel for indigenous philanthropy efforts, ADF complements its primary grant-making activities with advocacy and networking programs. The foundation is especially open to innovative efforts with an integrated focus on economic development, human rights, and democracy promotion. Early initiatives have been dedicated to civic...
  • The Moroccan Association for the Fight Against AIDS (Association Marocaine de Lutte contre le Sida, or ALCS), one of Morocco's leading NGOs addressing HIV/AIDS, conducts advocacy and implementation for the Moroccan Ministry of Health's national HIV/AIDS initiatives funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. It was one of the first organizations to advocate and provide highly active anti-retroviral treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS. ALCS has come under fire from...
  • Established in 1930, Magen David Adom is the national humanitarian society of Israel, working to carry out first-aid services, maintain blood banks, and transport doctors, nurses, and medical auxiliary forces in times of war and peace. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Magen David Adom (which means "Red Star of David") cooperates with other organizations in this network. In addition to providing aid throughout Israel (where it has a dedicated medical emergency...
  • The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) promotes human rights and economic development initiatives that engage communities and encourage self-empowerment. It runs a network of 50 community development centers that sponsor a range of activities and promote networking and cooperation among locally active community organizations; this initiative also provides a venue for JOHUD's capacity-building efforts. Programs and partnerships often focus on helping marginalized groups...
  • UN Women promotes women’s rights and gender equality around the world, seeking to support inter-governmental bodies in setting policy and norms, to assist member states in implementing these standards, and to hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments. Rooted in a vision for equality captured in both the UN charter and the Beijing Declaration, UN Women brings together NGOs, governments, and private sector organizations. Key focus areas include economic security, violence against...
  • The Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) is an armed revolutionary group and political movement named on behalf of early twentieth century revolutionary Emiliano Zapata. Since 1994, the EZLN has proclaimed to be in a state of rebellion against the Mexican government, primarily protesting economic policies that negatively affect Mexico's indigenous population. Chiapas, home to a significant Indian indigenous population and one of Mexico's poorest...
  • The National Liberation Army (Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional, ELN) is a marxist guerrilla group in Colombia that initially attracted many Catholics who had embraced liberation theology. Founded in 1964, the ELN is more ideological than its left-wing Colombian counterpart, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Focusing on urban areas, the ELN represents the poor against the wealthy classes and opposes US involvement in Colombia. It proposes the establishment of a Christian...
  • The Working Boys' Center - A Family of Families (WBC-FAF, El Centro del Muchacho Trabajador) focuses on self-empowerment and mutual cooperation to promote moral values and financial independence among participating families in Quito, Ecuador. WBC-FAF offers a diverse array of services, including meals, a day care center, elementary school, adult education classes, technical training, religious activities, health care, recreation, and financial literacy and microfinance programs. Hundreds of...
  • The Peace and Hope Association (Paz y Esperanza) promotes social action and economic development work among the evangelical churches in South America. Their activities extend throughout numerous sectors, including political advocacy, peace education, justice for victims of domestic violence and human rights violations, and care for the environment. The organization played a major role in the area of human rights and in providing assistance to families displaced by violence during the two...
  • The National Evangelical Council of Peru (Concilio Nacional Evangélico del Perú, CONEP) represents the evangelical church to the state and to the general public. It was founded in 1940 with the intention of coordinating and integrating the efforts of a diverse range of evangelical organizations working in the country. Now with nearly 50 member institutions and churches, CONEP works to support evangelical missionary work and education; promote a Christian understanding of social development;...
  • A ministry of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops, the Pastoral da Criança provides integrated child development and family support services to children from conception through six years of age, prioritizing community involvement and grassroots networking. By empowering trained volunteers to act as community leaders, the organization can offered targeted health information and community-based services that drastically reduce infant mortality and improve child health; it also works to...
  • The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency that focuses on improving health and living standards in North and South America by strengthening health systems and facilitating collaboration among all stakeholders. Improving blood safety and reducing infant mortality are two organizational priorities, along with expanding primary health care services and access to clean water and sanitation services to vulnerable and marginalized groups. Other efforts...
  • ACT Alliance is an ecumenical relief and development organization formed after the 2010 merger of Action by Churches Together International and ACT Development. Member organizations are related to the World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation and are engaged in a wide spectrum of activities, including advocacy, humanitarian relief, post-conflict recovery, and sustainable development. ACT Alliance partners have responded to earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, as well as delivered aid...
  • Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the Arigatou Foundation is an international Buddhist faith-based NGO dedicated to holistic child development in a world where children's rights are respected and defended. The foundation has four major program areas: assistance for children in difficult circumstances, research and public awareness campaigns on children’s issues, cultural events spotlighting children's work and issues, and interreligious cooperation. Arigatou's Global Network of Religions for...
  • Founded in 1960, Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) supports missionaries who work to establish local churches, either directly or through their work with day schools, youth camps, and Bible colleges. BIMI stresses local capacity-building and leadership training for indigenous leaders and currently supports 1,000 missionaries in 100 countries worldwide. The organization also oversees short term missions programs, provides aviation transportation services, runs churches for overseas...
  • Founded in 1999, the Center for Transforming Mission (CTM) works to improve the situation of at-risk youth around the world by supporting indigenous leaders with the training and resources to make a greater impact in their communities. CTM emphasizes transformation through acceptance of the Christian faith. Programs are often located in urban areas plagued by poverty and violence; the center's work in Latin America includes a gang chaplaincy initiative. The organization also operates...
  • ChildFund International (formerly Christian Children's Fund) uses a long-term approach to help excluded and vulnerable children flourish and become leaders in their communities. The organization began in 1938 with child sponsorship programs in China and has since evolved to include community development and family assistance programs in 31 countries worldwide; it is one of 12 members of the ChildFund Alliance. Initiatives address areas of need such as prenatal care, immunization, education,...
  • Founded by doctors Raj and Mabelle Arole, the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) is a holistic system combining healthcare and sustainable development in India, serving people regardless of race, caste, or religion. This approach emphasizes the use of village health workers, usually women, who provide basic prevention and treatment services and especially reach out to marginalized populations like sex workers and those of low caste. Mahila Vikas Mandal (Women’s Development Groups)...
  • The Ecumenical Program in Central America and the Caribbean (EPICA) combats economic injustice, political marginalization, and military repression in Latin America and also conducts community empowerment initiatives among Latinos in the United States. It grew out of opposition to US policy in the region during the 1960s and now primarily engages in advocacy and public awareness campaigns that emphasize spiritual reflection and social action. EPICA also helps US partners network with...
  • One of largest international relief organizations in the United States, Food for the Poor is an interdenominational ministry that distributes food and clean water, builds affordable housing, provides access to health care and medicine, and supports orphanages and education for children in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Food for the Poor's approach emphasizes building partnerships with local churches and empowering local leaders to distribute resources and implement...
  • Founded by the Arigatou Foundation, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) supports interfaith collaboration dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world and provides an important bridge between faith-based institutions and secular organizations working on children's issues. GNRC is also partnering with UNICEF to research and produce a resource guide on "Children in World Religions." Global forums provide an opportunity for networking and have provided a venue to...
  • The Global Youth Ministry Network (GYMN) trains Christian youth leaders around the world in order to improve their outreach to teenagers and to establish a core network of youth ministers who can capitalize on local resources to multiply the initial effort and ensure long-term sustainability. The network's programs hope to create a ripple effect, inspiring youth to work and serve in their communities. GYMN training sessions now take place in over 50 countries and are usually conducted by...
  • International Christian Development Mission (ICDM) focuses on education, economic empowerment, and evangelism and leadership training in Haiti. ICDM is the brainchild of Haitian Yvan Pierre, who was determined to offer children in his community the basic educational opportunities that were lacking during his own childhood. The school in Bayonnais offers classes for students in grades K-8, as well as a literacy program for adults. A child sponsorship program funds much of the school's work....
  • Kids Alive International (KAI) is a Christian organization that partners with local churches worldwide to provide orphans and vulnerable children with educational opportunities, ensure their physical well-being, and guide their emotional and spiritual development. KAI's residential children's homes and non-residential care centers offer a holistic array of services, while medical clinics and schools are open to the wider community. The "Families Together" program provides children with the...
  • Leadership Training Ministries (LTM) produces radio programming, events, and publications that inspire leaders to transform the lives of Spanish-speaking youth through the Christian message. LTM is the result of the merger of Otra Onda, Dimension Juvenil, and Líderes Juveniles, three organizations with diverse strengths that had previously collaborated on numerous projects. Dimension Juvenil oversees leadership workshops and training conventions, while Otra Onda creates dynamic radio and...
  • Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) uses business solutions to reduce poverty and promote long-term self-sufficiency among participating individuals and businesses. Microfinance services include program management and training and consulting work, as well as research and development on issues such as linking small-scale producers to distribution and marketing networks. MEDA also creates investment fund strategies that ethically channel capital to developing economies; for-profit...
  • Pastoral Ecuménica del VIH-SIDA is an Argentinian ecumenical organization dedicated to providing a more just and caring response to those affected by HIV/AIDS. The group's work includes pastoral training for those involved with HIV/AIDS counseling, and educational brochures and reports dispelling myths and discussing best practices are also available. Additional resources, including liturgies, Bible studies, pastoral resources, and documents addressing sexuality, are available online. In...
  • An independent agency of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) coordinates emergency relief and long-term development projects across the globe while addressing the needs of refugees and advocating for justice in Canada. The needs of internally displaced persons, migrants, and refugees are a key focus of PWRDF programs in 30 countries worldwide, which include agricultural programs to improve food security, support for restoring traditional...
  • The Strategy of Transformation aims to decrease gang violence by empowering and converting gang members and utilizing the power of Christianity as a driving force for social change. The organization offers a series of five courses that last three days each, monthly follow-up sessions for theological reflection in strategic cohort groups, youth ministry networking, a national consultation on at-risk youth, and site visits to successful models of international outreach to at-risk youth. Instead...
  • World Hope International (WHI) is a Christian NGO that focuses on transformative development that is empowering, participatory, and sustainable over the long term. WHI programs are found in 25 countries, working in areas like microfinance, care and support for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS, and rural agricultural development. Adelphe is a woman-to-woman sponsorship program combating poverty and sex trafficking in Cambodia, and anti-trafficking initiatives are...
  • Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) helps Christians build relationships across Global North-South barriers and promotes nonviolence in the mutual quest for peace and justice. CRISPAZ's El Salvador Encounter brings English speakers to the country for a week-long immersion experience revolving around conversations with locals on topics including neo-liberal economics, the power of faith, and the impact of conflict on life. The organization also coordinates both short- and long-term...
  • The non-profit Global Jewish Assistance and Relief Network (GJARN) works mainly to provide humanitarian relief and medical aid to Jews in need. It was founded in 1992, after the breakup of the Soviet Union, by Rabbi Eliezer Avtzon to provide aid to the newly independent states of Eastern Europe. GJARN also runs programs in New York and Israel. The philosophy of the organization rests on their desire to help people directly through a grassroots infrastructure. To achieve this goal, GJARN works...
  • The Holy Land Foundation (HLF, also the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development) was the largest Islamic charity in the United States until the Bush administration shut it down and accused it of supporting terrorism in 2001. HLF was a non-profit organization for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, focused primarily on assisting displaced Palestinians, though it also responded to disasters in the United States and the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo. After the initial case against HLF...
  • Harvesting in Spanish (HIS) dually focuses on caring for vulnerable children and youth in El Salvador and distributing Christian publications throughout the country. Its seven Joshua Christian Bookstores carry Bibles and a variety of Christian literature, and they also organize and supply materials for church leadership training seminars. The Shalom Children's Home is the original core of HIS's work and is supported through a child sponsorship program; Amilat Christian School, the Oasis...
  • Located on the outskirts of San Salvador, Mary Mother of the Poor Parish (Maria Madre de los Pobres) was founded to serve those affected by conflict-induced migration and now serves the impoverished local community. Its CAPI (Center for the Attention and Promotion of Children) program for young children includes education and day care services, and the parish also helps older students attend high school and college through a scholarship program. In addition, the parish periodically offers...
  • Founded in 2002, La Casa de Mi Padre (The House of My Father) is a residential children's home dedicated to helping children overcome the challenges of their pasts to lead healthy, productive lives. In addition to providing intensive medical, educational, and vocational services, La Casa also offers Christian counseling to help children and families address painful issues like abuse and addiction. La Casa is currently raising additional support to increase programming and expand its physical...
  • A congregation in the Quaker tradition, the Palo Alto Friends Meeting (PAFM) supports educational projects throughout El Salvador. The program emerged out of the work of a church member using non-violence and education as tools of empowerment during the Salvadoran civil war. PAFM provides financial assistance to K-12 schools for purchasing uniforms, supplies, and vocational equipment, as well as supplementing teacher salaries. The religious community also operates a university scholarship...
  • Poligono Industrial Don Bosco provides at-risk youth with a range of services to help them avoid or escape the street gangs of El Salvador. At the center of the effort are 11 cooperative factories that are run by the same youth they employ; they include operations like a bakery, print shop, and dye processing plant. The factories also provide training opportunities for those enrolled in the on-site technical school, the Business Workers Technical Institute (Instituto Técnico Obrero...
  • Beacon Light Ministries, Inc. (BLMI) channels US resources into development work in Haiti through partnerships with local pastors and church leaders. A small child sponsorship program provides medical care, food, housing, and an education for a dozen children. About 100 children participate in a weekly feeding program, and since fall 2008 Beacon Ministries Christian School has been slowly adding additional grades and personnel; in 2011 construction of a new school building was completed....
  • Cap Haitien Children’s Home is a small residential children's home and outreach effort sponsored by the Southwest Church of Christ in Ada, Oklahoma. Funding comes primarily through a child sponsorship program that provides for current needs while also incorporating a savings program, with funds made available to the child once he or she leaves the home. The sponsorship program, as well as two schools, are open to children in the wider community. The Cap Haitien Children’s Home also relies on...
  • Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) conducts evangelism and outreach throughout the United States and in 183 countries across the globe, focusing on engaging children and youth in dynamic, age-appropriate environments. 5-Day Clubs and Good News Clubs are the organization's largest programs and are aimed at helping children connect with a local church once they have accepted the Christian message. Other initiatives target the children of the incarcerated and members of the military. Evangelism...
  • Haiti Child Sponsorship supports the work of the Good Shepherd Church and School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, through donations of money and resources and through the coordination of service-learning trips. At its peak the school accommodated 1,500 students and now operates from temporary classrooms while a new educational compound is constructed following the January 2010 earthquake. In October 2010, Architecture for Humanity awarded Good Shephered one of four Haiti School Initiative Grants,...
  • Children of the Promise (COTP) cares for sick, orphaned, and abandoned babies and toddlers in Cap Haitien, Haiti; depending on the circumstances, children are eventually returned to their biological families or placed for adoption in North America and Europe. Founded in Christian values, COTP provides a nurturing and stimulating environment in which the young children, including those born HIV positive, can grow. A formula program and prenatal services provide in-home assistance to families...
  • Promise for Haiti, Inc. (PHI) supports the work of Comite Bienfaisance de Pignon, which provides medical care and other public health and economic development services in central Haiti. Founder Dr. Guy Theodore, a US-trained surgeon raised in Haiti, began by spearheading the construction of Hospital de Bienfaisance de Pignon; he subsequently began organizing periodic dental and eye clinics with visiting medical professionals. PHI now oversees additional programs to provide clean well water,...
  • The Church of Bible Understanding (CBU) is a group of US congregations that operates two orphanages in Haiti and supports several others. CBU cares for approximately 160 children in two houses. In addition, the organization often temporarily cares for extremely malnourished children whose needs cannot be met by smaller orphanages; contacts are frequently made during food distribution events (CBU channels food aid from USAID). School is conducted in the houses, with teachers who come to teach...
  • The God’s Littlest Angels (GLA) orphanage cares for malnourished and abandoned children in Haiti, with a focus on sick and premature babies under two years old. GLA's nursery includes incubators, IV feeding resources, and oxygen supply equipment, and is designed to facilitate continuous monitoring. When necessary, GLA will attempt to arrange international care for surgical or medical needs. Older children receive an on-site education; GLA also coordinates a school sponsorship program for...
  • International Child Care (ICC) helps to create healthy environments for children and families in Haiti and the Dominican Republic by providing a wide range of medical interventions and public health services. Grace Children’s Hospital, ICC's oldest and largest endeavor, is one of the island's most well-known tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS treatment facilities and the hub of a network of outpatient clinics. Clinic programs include illness prevention efforts such as immunization, community birth...
  • Haiti Home of Hope (HHH) is a small orphanage caring for 39 children in Pignon, Haiti. In addition to providing holistic care for residential children, including education and medical attention, HHH runs a community feeding program with services for both babies and older children. The organization does not facilitate overseas adoptions in the belief that the children they care for will eventually have the opportunity to positively influence their home community. In addition, HHH often hosts...
  • Haiti Cheri Harvest Life Ministries works to empower Haitian Christians to spread the Christian message and help raise the standard of living in their communities. Ministry initiatives provide evangelism and leadership training to local churches, and a partnership with Dolval Baptist Church supports a school with adult educational programs. Haiti Cheri's community development program has supported its educational work through school building construction and has completed well drilling...
  • Haiti Vision is a multi-sectoral development organization with locations throughout Haiti. Originally founded to assist Haitian refugees settling in Florida, Haiti Vision now also focuses on improving quality of life and self-sufficiency in Haiti. Florida-based initiatives include translation services, assistance with employment, and food and clothing provision. In Haiti the organization provides 38 community agriculture groups with resources and training, while 21 literacy centers and four...
  • The Haitian American Friendship Foundation (HAFF) supports educational, agricultural, medical, community development, and Christian outreach initiatives in Haiti's central plateau. Its oldest project, the Bohoc Training Institute, offers a secondary school education and vocational training to 250 students through grade 12, and a corresponding program provides teacher and administrator training to both public and private schools throughout the region. Medical, dental, and optometric clinics...
  • The HOPE (Haitian Orphanage that Provides and Educates) Center for Orphaned Girls provides a safe and caring environment for up to 20 girls with the hope that they will grow up to be leaders and positive influences in their communities. Following the January 2010 earthquake, the HOPE Center is in the process of rebuilding, as well as expanding its facilities to include a home for widows, a nutrition education center, and a medical clinic dedicated to prosthesis-care and physical therapy. The...
  • His Hands for Haiti operates a child sponsorship program in Terrier Rouge, Haiti, and also supports a feeding program, small orphanage, and goat distribution effort there. The primary sponsorship program focuses on covering educational expenses through partnerships with local Baptist churches connected to L'Eglise Baptiste, a large congregation in Terrier Rouge. In addition to providing meals to students using World Food Program donations, community programs can include agricultural training....
  • Hope for Haiti’s Children operates a child sponsorship program, medical clinics, and emergency relief services in central and southern Haiti. Sponsorship allows over 700 students to attend one of nine different Christian schools, and in some cases they also receive basic medical care and food and nutrition assistance, which are currently being expanded to all facilities. In addition, Hope for Haiti's Children runs an orphanage and full-service medical clinic in Port-au-Prince and is in the...
  • Danita’s Children and Hope for Haiti Children's Center, Inc., provide residential homes, free community education, and a feeding program to children in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Three orphanages care for roughly 75 children, and a nearby school offers classes for over 500 area children; it is funded through a child sponsorship program. All participating children receive a daily meal in the school's cafeteria. The interdenominational Hope for Haiti Worship Center holds weekly services open to the...
  • Hôpital Bon Samaritain is a full-service hospital and outpatient clinic located in Limbé, Haiti; it grew out of a small, grassroots Christian clinic founded in 1953. The outpatient clinic uses doctors and nurse practitioners to provide treatment for skin conditions, common infections, venereal diseases, and other routine conditions. Individuals with tuberculosis, diabetes, or chronic heart conditions receive daily monitoring and medication; the maternity and pediatric wards include a targeted...
  • Little Children of the World Incorporated (LCW) is a US-based organization dedicated to helping street children around the world, with a focus on the Philippines and growing programs in Haiti. LCW offers a child sponsorship program that funds educational programs for children from preschool through high school, including a "School on Wheels" for street children; college scholarships are also available. Medical clinics provide dental services and medicine when available, and the Handclasp...
  • Love a Child, Inc. (LAC) is dedicated to improving the physical and spiritual lives of children and families in Haiti. A long-running program constructs concrete-block housing and dual-use church/school buildings (subsequently used for LAC-sponsored schools), and an orphanage opened in 2004 cares for approximately 40 children ranging from infants to teenagers. LAC partners with the organization Feed My Starving Children to operate food distribution programs, and a tilapia farm provides both...
  • Founded by Haitian Lefort Jean-Louis, Maison Fortuné Orphanage operates two campuses and a feeding program for neighborhood children who attend the orphanage school. Approximately 100 boys share one campus, and across the street the girls' campus houses approximately 50 children. Following the January 2010 earthquake, Maison Fortune has welcomed 60 additional children and is in the process of developing reconstruction plans for more earthquake-resistant dormitories. In the future the...
  • Good Shepherd Ministries, Inc. (GSM) supports youth-oriented ministry in Haiti that proclaims the Christian message and offers training to the next generation of Haitian leaders. GSM operates three schools dedicated both to academic excellence and Christian discipleship; they are funded by a classroom sponsorship program. The organization also relies on short-term volunteer teams to staff programs like medical clinics for GSM students and community members, as well as local evangelism...
  • The Haitian Christian Foundation (HCF) supports and prepares Haitians to be evangelists and community leaders focused on holistic ministry. HCF's primary ministry is the Center for Biblical Studies (CBT), which trains Haitian pastors through biblical study, mentoring, and pastoral training during a three year program; the campus is located in near the city of Cap-Haitien. CBT is also in the process of developing a Haitian Creole Bible study curriculum for use in Haitian congregations. Since...
  • Hosean International Ministries (HIM) is an education-oriented organization dedicated to improving the lives of those in Pignon, Haiti. College de la Grace is HIM's core initiative; it serves 900 students in grades K-13, including many who participate in a sister child sponsorship program. In addition, the Layton Stamper Children's Home houses and cares for roughly twenty children, and the Camp de la Grace retreat center hosts a variety of ministry events for all ages. HIM also runs a...
  • The Association of Franciscan Boystowns and Girlstowns (APUFRAM) uses education to ameliorate poverty by helping children become self-sufficient adults. APUFRAM operates a variety of educational institutions and training programs across Honduras and the Dominican Republic, serving children from kindergarten through university; in many cases dormitory housing is a key component of the organization's approach. APUFRAM also runs a home for domestic abuse victims and their children. Program...
  • Project Honduras (PH) is an internet-based movement that facilitates networking, collaboration, and information-sharing opportunities designed to spur development in Honduras. Founders Marco Cáceres and Paulina Bendaña stress the importance of maximizing human capital, rather than simply relying on ever-increasing financial flows to transform the lives of those in poverty. With the projecthonduras.com website as a hub, PH coordinates a network of web forums and new social media offerings to...
  • The Olancho Aid Foundation is dedicated to using education to break the cycle of poverty in Honduras. Its oldest program, Escuelita Nazareth, is a school for special needs students that provides basic, vocational, and life skills training designed to fight discrimination and foster independence. The Cardinal Rodriguez Institute welcomes junior and senior high school students; students can choose between an arts and science or technical training track, and they can participate in a range of...
  • The International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) works through a large network of individuals and organizations to connect faith with social practice. The group emphasizes the importance of a concern for peace, human rights, gender issues, spirituality-based development, diversity, tolerance, and interfaith dialogue. INEB's central objectives are to develop the perspective of socially engaged Buddhism and to serve as a center of information and knowledge for their areas of interest. The...
  • CharityWatch, formerly known as the American Institute of Philanthropy, uses audited financial documents, along with other government paperwork, to evaluate the financial health of nonprofit organizations (both secular and faith-based), rather than relying solely on the self-reported material available in tax documents. Founded in 1992, its evaluators consider themselves fiercely independent and are funded solely through membership contributions. Hard copies of their reports are available via...
  • An affiliate of the Better Business Bureau, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance uses information provided by organizations to evaluate their financial health and accountability, governance, and truthfulness in fundraising. Charities that meet its criteria can apply for the use of a BBB Accredited Charity Seal, a logo that allows consumers to make at-a-glance evaluations of a charity. The Wise Giving Alliance measures charity performance in governance, effectiveness, financial accountability, and...
  • Using publicly available tax documents and independent research, Charity Navigator evaluates an organization’s financial health and offers donors a better understanding of how their money is likely to be used (fundraising, administration, charitable projects, etc.). Charity Navigator also evaluates the long-term stability of an organization, in addition to its financial solvency, and has assessed over 6,000 US-based organizations, both secular and faith-based. It periodically develops "Top...
  • GuideStar uses publicly available IRS documents and other data provided by an organization to increase transparency of nonprofits. It has a database of over a million nonprofit organizations (both faith-based and secular) and offers three levels of service at varying prices, allowing it to serve both casual browsers and serious philanthropists by progressively increasing the information available to the user. In addition to the database, GuideStar also offers a wide range of related services,...
  • Calvin Edwards & Company offers high-capacity donors research and advice to help guide their giving and has special expertise addressing the concerns of Christian donors. A for-profit company, it transfers the thorough analysis of the financial world to its research on charitable organizations, which includes providing clients with audits and other information. It has conducted research on a diverse group of charities, ranging from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and John...
  • The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has been auditing and evaluating evangelical charities since 1979 and now has nearly 1,800 members. Its base criteria are the "Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship," which include extensive guidelines for fundraising activities and covers topics such as governance, financial oversight, and transparency. Members must submit yearly data and are subject to random reviews, which are performed on 10 percent of members annually; in...
  • Wall Watchers is a Christian donor advocacy organization that promotes biblical stewardship and ethical giving. Dedicated to applying the due diligence and independent research of the corporate investment world to the "dysfunctional" Christian ministry marketplace, Wall Watchers evaluates Christian organizations and analyzes best practices and other related issues. Wall Watchers aims to inform the public on nonprofit Christian ministries and increase accountability through providing...
  • The Ramakrishna Foundation is a US fundraising organization affiliated with the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Its mission is to support initiatives to promote religious harmony and foster the educational and cultural activities of colleges, orphanages, and hospitals. The foundation offers charitable assistance to individuals and organizations that share their spiritual and developmental objectives. Foundation-supported projects are implemented in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh; donors...
  • Founded in 1976, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) promotes reform in the philanthropic sector, especially in regards to financial accountability. Their research and advocacy highlights ethically dubious relationships between politics and charities and encourages better oversight and governance of philanthropic organizations. NCRP also emphasizes the role of effective philanthropy in strengthening democracy and promoting the public good. In 2009 it released Criteria...
  • The National Council of Nonprofits (NCP) brings together state and regional associations to offer technical assistance and advocacy coordination to smaller nonprofit organizations, both faith-based and secular. They also hold an annual member meeting that is designed as a forum in which nonprofits can develop a coordinated plan for the future. In addition, NCP produces targeted research reports and electronic newsletters on relevant issues. In 2005 they released the report “Rating the Raters:...
  • The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCUSA) brings together 35 denominations with a combined 45 million members to promote cooperation in service, education, advocacy, and witness. Members represent the Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican, and African-American church traditions. NCCUSA actively engages in public debates on civil rights and social justice, environmental stewardship, interreligious dialogue, and fair representation of religion in the mass media; since 2001...
  • The Roman Catholic Church is the world's largest Christian Church, with over 1 billion members, and currently headed by Pope Francis. Since becoming the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, it has been persistently influential in Western and world culture, politics, and history. The Catholic Church's involvement in contemporary world affairs varies widely and has often embroiled it in controversy. Politically, it has denounced both communism and unrestrained capitalism...
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, also known as Mormons) has transformed from a small, persecuted sect into a denomination with over 13 million members worldwide. Almost half of the community currently resides in the United States. The LDS church is known for its emphasis on strong marriages and families as well as abstinence from alcohol and caffeine. The denomination frequently operates global humanitarian programs, often relying on volunteers with relevant expertise to...
  • Since the beginning of its EU mandate, European Commission Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) provides emergency aid in the wake of natural disasters and violent conflict. Its grants cover emergency aid, food aid, and aid to refugees and displaced persons; distributions have reached 85 countries and are worth more than 700 million per year. ECHO also carries out feasibility studies for future projects, coordinates disaster prevention programs, and provides technical assistance and training. The...
  • Established in the wake of Vatican II, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace uses the social teaching of the Roman Catholic Church to promote social justice, human rights, and development around the world. Its justice work extends from critiques of the international economic system to promoting sustainable environmental practices, while its focus on peace addresses disarmament, international security, and evolving forms of violence such as terrorism. Work on human rights includes both...
  • The Church of England is the founding member of the Anglican Communion and embodies a unique blend of Protestant theology integrated with pre-Reformation structure and creeds. With 1.7 million regular worship participants, the Church of England is the largest faith community in Great Britain and has been the country's constitutionally established church since 1689. While the English monarch is the "Supreme Governor" of the church, the Archbishop of Canterbury holds the preeminent clerical...
  • The Church of Scotland has approximately 600,000 members and is the national "Kirk" of Scotland. Governed by a presbyterian structure, the denomination stands within the Calvinist/Reformed tradition. In recent years the church has recommitted itself as a Christian witness to society, expanding its social assistance initiatives, outreach to youth, and chaplaincy programs; it has also partnered with local churches in the developing world to address issues like HIV/AIDS. It supports ecumenical...
  • The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) is a global network of organizations dedicated to helping young Muslims become positively engaged in their societies; it also works to provide an accurate image of Islam in interreligious dialogue. In addition to providing camps and trips for Muslim youth, WAMY holds events on pertinent issues and produces informational materials about Islamic beliefs and practices. It is affiliated with the United Nations. The organization has come under scrutiny...
  • The Africa Muslims Agency (AMA) is an Islamic humanitarian organization active throughout Africa. In addition to providing emergency aid to victims of violent conflict and natural disaster, it drills wells, sponsors orphans, conducts medical clinics, and supports education at all levels. Other initiatives include vocational training, agricultural cooperatives, and handicrafts production centers. AMA also establishes mosques and community centers and distributes Islamic publications; a radio...
  • The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church lies within the Oriental Orthodox tradition, having been subject to the Coptic Orthodox hierarchy until 1959. Though Ethiopian Orthodoxy is no longer the official state religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church remains the nation's largest religious body, and its 40 million members (half of the Ethiopian population) make it the largest of all Orthodox churches. Present in Ethiopia since the fourth century CE, Ethiopian Orthodox dogma places a greater...
  • The African National Congress (ANC) is a political party in South Africa that has dominated the political arena since the end of apartheid. In the twenty-first century key ANC issues have been socioeconomic development, especially for rural areas; expanded democratic participation; public access to health care and education; and crime and corruption. The party was founded in 1912 as the South African Native National Congress (the name changed in 1923 to the African National Congress) in...
  • The Church of Uganda (COU) is the branch of the Anglican Communion in Uganda. The second largest church in Uganda, its membership includes approximately 36% of the Ugandan population. Currently, the Archbishop of Uganda is the Most Reverend Stanley Ntagali, who has held the position since 2012. In 2003 COU ended ecclesiastical fellowship with the Episcopal Church in the United States over the ordination of practicing homosexual clergy and has since welcomed American congregations with similar...
  • Founded in 1997, the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI) is an interfaith forum of Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian leaders dedicated to providing community-based mediation, advocacy, and peace-building activities to conflicts in northern Uganda (Acholiland). Initially chaired by the Anglican bishop in Uganda, ARLPI first launched a peace conference discussing the causes and effects of the war and ways to resolve it; as a result ARLPI has supported a...
  • The Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam is a policy-oriented graduate school of social science located in The Hague. The institute researches, educates, and serves the public in the sphere of international development and cooperation. The trans-disciplinary field of development studies seeks to understand phenomena of underdevelopment, development, and change, with special focus on low-income countries. Poverty, globalization, gender, and inequity are emphasized...
  • The African Development Bank Group (AfDB), founded in 1964, supports economic and social development through resource mobilization and technical and financial assistance, as well as by promoting and facilitating local, national, and global investment in the continent. Since 2000 the Millennium Development Goals have provided more specific guidance for the group's work; its current strategic goals target infrastructure, higher education, regional integration, and governance. It is also a major...
  • Fo Guang Shan (FGS, also known as the International Buddhist Progress Society) is a Buddhist monastic order headquartered in Taiwan with branches around the world. FGS was founded by Zen Master Hsing Yun and teaches humanistic Buddhism, or Buddhism as applied to modern daily life. The order's center in Hong Kong includes the Daochang Buddhist Institute, a college, and the largest Buddhist dojo (temple) in Hong Kong. The center also offers Buddhist programming and a variety of recreational...
  • Founded in 1978, the Traditional Health Practitioners’ Association of Zambia (THPAZ) licenses and represents approximately 40,000 traditional healers and facilitates coordination on a regional level. The association has also begun partnering with the Zambian Ministry of Health, USAID, and the WHO to deliver more effective health care to Zambians. For example, THPAZ members have received training in referral practices and community-based health education communication. Despite mutual...
  • Sangh Parivar refers to a family of Hindu nationalist organizations in India. Members include organizations like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, and the Bharatiya Janata Party. While specific principles and policies vary widely, all Sangh Parivar organizations emphasize the continued strength and influence of Hindu religion and culture in modern society. They are involved in a multitude of activities, including providing various social services to underserved populations...
  • Partners Worldwide (PW) combines business acumen with Christian faith to help entrepreneurs worldwide create sustainable jobs and reduce poverty in their communities. In addition to connecting entrepreneurs in the developing world with business partners and mentors in North America, PW helps increase access to local capital and advocates for just and equitable economic policies; there are also farmer-to-farmer partnerships.The organization actively works in 20 countries and hosts a biannual...
  • The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network (SEEP) connects practitioners and organizations in the field of microfinance to facilitate innovation, information-sharing, and access to common tools and standards as they strive to help every household earn a sustainable income. SEEP initiatives are member-driven and support capacity building, practitioner-oriented research, and resource development; issues areas include financial services, social performance, consumer protection, and...
  • EuropeAid is the Directorate General of the European Commission that is responsible for the projects of the European Union in external aid and development assistance around the world. Its work is especially directed toward the achievement of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. EuropeAid is focused on long term development goals, and therefore it is run separately from the EU's humanitarian relief programs. Rather than simply delivering aid, EuropeAid helps to address and shape...
  • Amnesty International is a research and advocacy organization that works on behalf of international human rights worldwide. The network of nearly 3 million people works through demonstrations, vigils, campaigning, and direct lobbying; Amnesty is currently campaigning to demand dignity for those living in poverty, to abolish the death penalty, to stop violence against women, to counter terror with justice, and to control arms. The “Learn About Human Rights” section of its website contains two...
  • With approximately 11 million supporters, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition (SCCC) is the United Kingdom's largest environmental activist network dedicated helping the country move away from dependence on fossil fuels to a green economy that fairly addresses the global impact of climate change on the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. In addition to hosting rallies and other events, the coalition offers information and resources to support grassroots advocacy on the local and national...
  • Inspired by Islamic values and the Millennium Development Goals, the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) is an umbrella group of British Muslim charitable organizations that helps member groups assist the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. Promoting an accurate understanding of Islam among civil society, the media, and government actors is one of the group's priorities, along with capacity building and cooperative advocacy. MCF also builds bridges through joint lobbying for humanitarian...
  • The Human Relief Foundation (HRF) responds to emergencies and to great poverty and need in a number of developing countries, especially in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central and South Asia. Projects include care for the elderly, health clinics and doctor training programs, orphan and family sponsorship, aid to refugees and internally displaced persons, and clean water provision. The organization also conducts annual Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr campaigns that help impoverished families and...
  • Muslim Hands is a charity based in the United Kingdom that works to alleviate the suffering caused by conflict, disaster, and poverty in over 30 countries worldwide. Projects often focus on education and the needs of children. A children's fund supports diverse medical and recreational initiatives; education and vocational training programs develop model institutions and target underserved areas like refugee camps. The annual Green Ribbon Week works to raise awareness of children affected by...
  • Launched in 2001, the Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) offers culturally sensitive support to young Muslims in the UK who are dealing with stress and pressure from family or society. MYH uses young adult volunteers (those 18-30 years old) trained in active listening to provide peer support, and services are administered via telephone, email, and online chats. This approach allows MYH to challenge stereotypes and barriers that prevent young Muslims from accessing service within the Muslim community...
  • Progressio (formerly known as the Catholic Institute for International Relations, CIIR) is an international charity working for justice and the eradication of poverty. It works in partnership with civil groups and governments in Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, and the UK and Europe. Its approach combines work to secure equitable policies with the strengthening of community-based organizations that represent the interests of the poor and improve their quality of...
  • Inspired by the Christian belief in the equal worth of all people, CBM International focuses on helping those with disabilities or those at risk for disabilities in developing countries. CBM works primarily through partnerships with governments, community and faith groups, and development organizations, often providing training and expert staff to assist in program development; the goal is high-quality services that allow all people to live satisfying lives as fully-participating members of...
  • Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 relief and development organizations engaged in a multi-faceted effort to eradicate poverty and injustice. In addition to direct service provision, Oxfam works to eliminate structural barriers to development and supports capacity-building and local empowerment initiatives for local partner organizations; public awareness campaigns, policy research, and advocacy are other key elements of Oxfam's work. Programs address issues like decent work and...
  • Cooperating Muslim Aid Organizations (SMHO) is a network of Dutch Muslim charities that provides a sustainable framework through which the Muslim community of the Netherlands can fund effective and efficient assistance in health, education, environment, democratization, and human rights in their countries of origin. SMHO was started because of a need to coordinate funds sent by Dutch Muslims each year during Ramadan to aid their home countries. SMHO has special relationships with authorities...
  • The European Reintegration Support Organizations network (ERSO) is a coalition of 11 organizations that work together in order to help migrants make a smooth transition back to their countries of origin when they voluntarily return after being refused asylum. Partner groups include faith-inspired NGOs such as Cordaid and Caritas Europe. Projects occur within European Union member countries as well as countries of return. ERSO emphasizes the importance of good communication among network...
  • A member of Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Austria works both domestically and internationally to help aid families and children in need. Its programs in Austria include support for migrants, the sick and elderly, and mothers and children, as well as assistance in the provision of education and reintegration. With nearly 600 programs overseas, Caritas Austria focuses on poverty and disaster relief, the alleviation of hunger, and the protection of women, children, and refugees. All efforts...
  • A member of Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Germany engages in social services provision, policy advocacy, and professional development training as part of its mission to serve as an advocate and partner for disadvantaged people. The organization works both internationally and domestically. Within Germany, the organization focuses on the provision of aid and services through homes and care facilities, hospitals, and schools, targeting vulnerable populations like the elderly, pregnant women...
  • A member of Caritas Internationalis, Caritas France (Secours Catholique) works within France and its overseas territories to provide assistance to and advocacy for people struggling with unemployment and homelessness, refugees, migrants, families in need, and criminals. Caritas France works directly with local authorities to promote better policies to deal with the problems faced by these groups as a result of their marginalization. The group also engages in advocacy to correct global...
  • The Community Security Trust is an organization dedicated to protecting the Jewish community of the United Kingdom from the physical threat of anti-Semitism. The group works with the community, students, and police to provide physical security, training, and advice for Jews in Great Britain. One of their biggest endeavors has been to secure the windows of synagogues, schools, and community centers with the "Protective Windows Project." CST has also figured into many parliamentary discussions...
  • Combining spiritual activities with social programs, Soka Gakkai (SGI) is an international Nichiren Buddhist network with 82 registered constituent organizations in 192 countries. It runs programs focused on peace and disarmament, human rights, sustainable development, interfaith dialogue, humanitarian action, education, and cultural exchange; it also supports the work of the United Nations in these areas. SGI Quarterly magazine focuses on positive social action and the work of SGI members,...
  • Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) is an United Kingdom-based organization that works independently through a network of volunteers to fight poverty and aid in development work throughout the world. The group recruits volunteers between the ages of 18 and 75 to live and work in disadvantaged communities. VSO volunteers are present in over 40 countries worldwide, working on issues ranging from HIV/AIDS and health services to education, governance, and disability issues. United by a common goal...
  • The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) conducts disaster relief, development work, and social justice advocacy around the world and is Scotland's leading international development agency. Programs focus on food security and income generation, post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding, and combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The organization's policy research and advocacy addresses the causes of poverty and injustice, emphasizing the role that unfair trade, debt, and climate...
  • Broederlijk Delen partners with over 250 organizations in the developing world to work towards an end to poverty and injustice. Joint projects focus on sustainable, rural development, human rights, democratization, and participatory citizenship. Since 1961, the Belgian organization has provided support through financial aid, political lobbying, and provision of temporary development workers. Broederlijk Delen's 2013 Lenten campaign, titled "Give Molly a Chance...and Stop Hunger" and the...
  • World Solidarity (Wereld solidariteit, WS) is a Belgian non-governmental development organization that supports local social movements in the Global South, including unions and youth groups, and raises awareness in Belgium about sustainable development and just trade. WS gives aid to local groups that work to achieve universal access to health care, unite the weakest members of society, provide disaster relief in emergencies, and give small loans to support new businesses. The group puts an...
  • The Council of Christian Churches of an African Approach in Europe (CCCAAE) endeavors to reinvigorate African Christianity in Europe, to strengthen the relationship between African and European churches, to drive educational and theological progress, and to contribute to economic development in Africa. In 2003, CCCAAE convened representatives from universities and research institutions in Africa, Europe, and the United States for a conference entitled "The Berlin- Congo Conference 1884, the...
  • The Mouride Brotherhood (Muridiyya) is a Sufi Muslim fraternal organization that stresses self-help and hard work. Founded in Senegal at the end of the nineteenth century by Amadou Bamba, a mystic, leader, and intellectual, the group faced resistance from French colonizers until 1926 but has quickly grown to become an influential political and social movement. Its headquarters at the Great Mosque of Touba now receive hundreds of thousands of followers during the annual pilgrimage honoring...
  • Originally a service and aid delivery organization, Christian Care Zimbabwe supports a broad range of integrated development projects. Currently, its areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, the environment, human rights, and gender. The organization was established in 1967 by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Guided by Christian teachings, Christian Care believes it has been called to witness God among the poor and disadvantaged. It identifies churches as the entry points into communities and...
  • The Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) fosters dialogue between community members of different faiths, promoting acceptance of all religions and non-violent approaches to conflict resolution. The center uses a faith-based approach that employs scriptural texts that promote peace and emphasizes accountability, flexibility, social inclusion, and mutual respect. It cooperates with and is supported by a number of national and international partners, including Search for Common Ground, UNDP, and...
  • Zoe's Ark was a French NGO dedicated to helping orphaned children affected by armed conflict or natural disaster and launched in response to the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. By 2007 the focus shifted to Darfur. In October 2007, six Zoe's Ark workers were accused of kidnapping 103 children after the workers attempted to fly the children (ostensibly orphans from Darfur) out of Chad to be fostered in France; the attempt followed declarations from Zoe's Ark about the organization's intent to...
  • The Islamic Population and Development Network of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Reseau Islam, Population et Developpement de la RDC) addresses issues of reproductive health, gender, HIV/AIDS, and sexual violence through the framework of Islamic law and facilitates institutional collaboration between UNFPA and the Muslim community. Activities have focused on engaging imams and Muslim youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as income generation opportunities for women and public...
  • Operating mainly in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Afghanistan, the Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) conducts education, culture, and disaster relief programs that respect traditional cultural practices. Specific projects include constructing schools and libraries in Southeast Asia, as well as running programs dedicated to preserving Buddhist cultural practices through literature donation, seminars for Buddhist religious leaders, and building reconstruction. Since 2005 SVA has provided...
  • Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is an international Islamic movement headquartered in the United Kingdom. An estimated 200 million members span across 195 countries, with most in Pakistan, Benin, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Ahmadiyya members revere Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as the Messiah/Mahdi who fulfilled all religions. The community also rejects terrorism in any form and advocates the separation of mosque and state. Because of...
  • The Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter Church Aid Commission (EOC-DICAC) is a wing of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia that conducts development work. The commission's projects are wide-ranging, covering everything from food security, support for refugees, prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, and relief provision for emergency situations. The organization works through a network of churches and with partners who share its goal of poverty alleviation; for instance, EOC-DICAC has...
  • The Organization for the Development of Women and Children Ethiopia (known from 2010 to 2013 as Ye Ethiopia Goji Limadawi Dirgitoch Aswogaj Mahber, EGLDAM) aims to improve the physical and psychological well-being of women and children in Ethiopia. Initially dedicated to eradicating harmful traditional practices (HTPs) through information and education campaigns, it has recently broadened its focus to other sectors. It has especially focused on practices like female genital mutilation and...
  • The Italian Association for Women in Development (Associazione italiana donne per lo sviluppo, AIDOS) is a non-profit NGO that supports other women's organizations and NGOs in developing countries with favorable stances on women's empowerment. AIDOS was founded by a network of female professional and development activists in the early 1980s in order to tackle the most prominent issues of the United Nations' Decade for Women. The organization focuses on four areas: a rights-based approach to...
  • Part of the World Council of Churches network, the Christian Council of Ghana unifies the diverse Protestant churches in the country and also includes the Young Men and Women's Christian Associations as members. The council serves as a communication and coordination hub for members as they engage in building justice, unity, and reconciliation within Ghana, focusing on Christian witness through economic and social development. While generally non-partisan, it does occasionally get involved in...
  • The Gembu Centre for HIV/AIDS Advocacy Nigeria (known as GECHAAN) has established a faith-based approach toward prevention and control mechanisms against the transmission of the disease. Staff travel to villages throughout Nigeria with an educational curriculum that centers on abstinence before marriage, marital fidelity, HIV testing, and other health precautions. GECHAAN has reached at least 150,000 people in 120 different villages throughout Nigeria. Aside from education about prevention...
  • Rehoboth Children's Village provides HIV-positive children with a home-like environment and comprehensive medical, physical, emotional, spiritual, and educational support. Each home houses a housemother and five children, with 10 houses forming a small village; in 2010 Rehoboth completed construction on the first houses in a second village. Children receive antiretroviral therapy through a local hospital, therapy for physical and emotional trauma, and attend either on-site preschool or...
  • The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is a sectarian Christian militant group that operates mainly in northern Uganda, though since 2000 it has migrated to areas of greater instability, including Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was founded by Joseph Kony and has been engaged in armed rebellion against the Ugandan government for more than two decades. Kony claims to be a spirit medium, connected to God and multiple spirits, and aims to establish a...
  • The Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative provides medical, social, and material support to those affected by HIV/AIDS, along with prevention education and counseling. Founded by Dr. Margrethe Juncker and Fr. Joseph Archetti Guiseppe in 2001, the initiative has grown to serve over 2700 individuals in the parish who suffer from HIV/AIDS. Medical services include outreach clinics and support for those on antiretrovirals, prevention of HIV mother-to-child transmission, and tuberculosis...
  • Aim for Restoration of Hope (AROH), founded in 2000, is a Christian group in Uganda that works to ensure the health and safety of orphaned children and widowed mothers, with a special emphasis on those affected by HIV/AIDS. It focuses mainly on education of orphans, income-generating vocations for women and children, female empowerment, access to basic health care in rural areas, and HIV/AIDS awareness. AROH runs a school ranging from nursery school to seventh grade, conducts home visits for...
  • Youth Alive Tanzania (YAT, formerly Youth Alive Movement) addresses the impact of HIV/AIDS on teenagers and young adults through programs that pair education with prevention strategies. The Youth Alive Club promotes community awareness and behavior change to reduce an individual's risk of contracting HIV/AIDS; the Parents Crisis Counseling Centre provides additional support services, including voluntary counseling and testing, home-based care, and psychosocial care to orphans and vulnerable...
  • Launched in 2009, the Inter-religious Council of Thailand (IRC-Thailand) is a Religions for Peace affiliate organization that brings together faith leaders from Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Sikhism to work towards peace. IRC-Thailand focuses on the continued tension and violence in the southern border provinces of Thailand, where Malaysia's Muslim minority represents about 80 percent of the local population. The current co-presidents are Dr. Ismail Lutfi Japakiya, president of...
  • The Coptic Orthodox Church is a non-Chalcedonian Orthodox Church founded in Egypt. According to Coptic tradition, the Apostle Mark founded the church in Alexandria around the year 50 CE. By the fourth century, the Patriarchate of Alexandria became the center of early Christian ascetic spirituality and home to the “Desert Fathers” of Christian monasticism. The majority of the early Egyptian Church rejected the Council of Chalcedon, and the ensuing split from the Alexandrian Patriarchate...
  • Part of the World Council of Churches network, the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (CCI, Persekutuan Gereja-Gereja di Indonesia) is a coordinating body for 26 regional communions within Indonesia and promotes leadership skills development in churches throughout the country. At the national level, the communion encourages communication between Christian churches, including written and electronic media, dialogue and meetings, and research and development. After the December 2004 tsunami, CCI...
  • Inspired by the life and work of Abdurrahman Wahid, the Indonesia-based Wahid Institute promotes a moderate version of Islam through dialogue events, publications, and public advocacy. This religious perspective in turn positively contributes to democracy, religious pluralism, and tolerance among both Indonesian and international Muslims. Some of their programs include a democracy initiative, an education and scholarship program for children, and a mapping project of Muslim NGOs and...
  • The Aglipayan Church, also known as the Philippine Independent Church, is a nationalist church and the second largest Christian denomination in the Philippines, with approximately two to six million members. The denomination broke off from the Catholic Church in the early twentieth century under the leadership of former Roman Catholic priest Gregorio Aglipay, who sought to establish a church free of Spanish and American colonial influences. It operates three lay organizations for men, women,...
  • The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is an armed insurgency group seeking to establish an autonomous Muslim state in Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Led by Nur Misuari, it formed in the early 1970s in opposition to the government in Manila, with the peak of conflict occurring between 1973 and 1976. Since then, the MNLF has alternated between periods of activity and cease-fire. In 1996 they reached an agreement with the government that awarded the governorship of the newly created...
  • The Maarif Institute for Culture and Humanity is an organization based in Indonesia that promotes using Islamic values to encourage interreligious dialogue and cooperation. The institute actively assists Indonesian civil society as it accelerates the consolidation of democracy; it encourages religious groups to get involved in influencing public policy and strengthens indigenous organizations interested in addressing socio-religious issues. Since 2006, the Maarif Institute has facilitated the...
  • In response to relief needs in Afghanistan, Palestine, Bosnia, Kosovo, and South East Asian countries, Global Peace Mission Malaysia (GPM) has evolved into an international relief and development agency, extending its relief programs to Kashmir, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Sudan, Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan. GPM works to raise public awareness regarding social responsibilities towards helping those affected by war and natural disaster, in addition to the actual delivery of...
  • Rissho Kosei-kai is a Buddhist organization dedicated to living out the Buddha's teaching and promoting harmony with all life. Founded by Nikkyo Niwano and Myoko Naganuma in 1938, it stresses veneration of the Shakyamuni Buddha and adherence to the Lotus Sutra, along with world peace, interfaith cooperation, and social service. The current president of Rissho Kosei-kai, Nichiko Niwano, leads more than two million members around the world. The organization also operates Kosei Publishing Co,...
  • Active in over 65 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of the world's most vulnerable populations by offering services and products and encouraging healthy behaviors. Key program areas include reproductive health, malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. Many initiatives target vulnerable children and their mothers, with coordinated services and care offered through PSI's "Five & Alive" child survival...
  • The John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJICSI) uses Catholic social teaching to inspire research, debate, and advocacy that promotes dignified solutions to poverty. Founded by Philippine Jesuits in 1984, the institute has been a major proponent of agrarian and urban land reform, as well as governance reform and capacity building for local anti-poverty organizations; current programs also address juvenile justice, family planning, local government housing policies, climate...
  • The Instituto Bartolomé de las Casas works with community leaders, pastoral workers, university students, and civil society organizations to develop programs that promote inclusive democracy, encourage dialogue, and allow for the construction of a more just Peru. It was founded in 1974 by theologian Gustavo Gutierrez, who, inspired by his Catholicism, believed all Peruvians deserved access to individual freedom and human development. The institute publishes a number of reports on these...
  • Brot Für Die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (Bread for the World - Church Development Service, BWCDS) is the global development services fund of the German Protestant churches, founded in 2009 as a merger between organizations representing evangelical, Lutheran, and Reformed branches. The organization now operates in over 100 countries worldwide. Its work focuses on water, health, human rights and peace, education, nutrition, integrity of creation, children and young people, and...
  • Tzedek is a Jewish humanitarian organization, based in London and committed to "action for a just world." Founded in 1990, Tzedek supports a variety of unique programs within the Jewish community and a growing number of overseas projects in Africa and Asia, with special focus on northern Ghana and India. With programs like teaching weaving skills to women cast out from their communities and providing clean water for schoolchildren, Tzedek emphasizes access to production resources,...
  • Founded in 2006 as a response to witnessing poverty firsthand in the Middle East, the Zahra Trust is an Islamic charitable endowment committed not only to supporting the basic needs of all humans but also to helping impoverished people attain self-sufficiency and spiritual development. The trust focuses on the three primary areas: publications, productions, and philanthropy. Its media channels produce high-quality, non-political television programming in the United Kingdom and the Middle...
  • SPEAK is a youth network, based in Christian teachings and founded in 2000, that connects young adults and students to pray and campaign for various global justice issues. The organization campaigns actively on the issues of arms trade, climate change, corporate accountability, and trade justice; its website provides biblical perspectives and resources for young people who want to raise funds locally, volunteer, or organize a 24-hour "SPEAK-a-thon." SPEAK groups, which meet regularly across...
  • Islamic Help was launched in 2003 by a group of young British Muslims and continues to be characterized by its focus on engaging youth and its grassroots community approach in all of its development work. With a presence in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, and Europe, Islamic Help distributes food, supports healthcare centers, builds homes and mosques, sponsors orphans, provides job training, and promotes sustainability. Special programs for the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Adha and the...
  • Owned by 185 countries, the World Bank provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries in the form of low-interest loans, interest-free credit, and grants for education, health, infrastructure, communications, and other key development sectors. Bank programs are carried out through its two constituent institutions, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association; the broader World Bank Group also includes the...
  • HelpAge International is an international network of organizations that work to support the world's aging populations. Its mission is to empower and aid older people to lead healthy, active, secure, and dignified lives. The seven main issues that HelpAge's programs address are climate change, emergencies, health, HIV/AIDS, elder rights, social protection, and work. The organization focuses on improving the lives of individual older people and also recognizes the important role that many...
  • Bond is a membership body for British non-governmental organizations that focus on international development. Founded in 1993, Bond now has over 350 members, including both faith-based and non-faith-based organizations. It is committed to promoting, representing, and supporting the work of all of these groups and has also led its own initiatives. Bond's emphasis is on networking and communication, advocacy and campaigning, and training member organizations to build professionalism in the...
  • Fields of Life (FOL) is an Irish Christian NGO working to bring about positive change in East Africa through education, health promotion, and other community-based projects. Founded in 1993 by a Church of Ireland minister who had spent several years living in Uganda during the bloody civil conflict, FOL grew out of the hope that the next generation could replace Uganda's "killing fields" with "fields of life." Now active in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Rwanda in...
  • Hindu Aid is a Hindu developmental organization funded by the Hindu diaspora in London. Its primary objective is to coordinate the aid and developmental efforts of various Hindu charitable organizations. Hindu Aid works with British Hindu leaders to increase their training in developmental methods, publicize developmental work in progress, and contribute to non-profit programs on the subcontinent. The organization runs a Disaster Task Force which does relief work in response to catastrophes...
  • Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa (NPI-Africa) intentionally links grassroots engagement with policy work to promote societal transformation in support of peace. It uses capacity-building within civil society and mutual learning and reflection on issues of peacebuilding and conflict transformation to build pan-African networks of theory and praxis. NPI-Africa's current five year plan (2010-2015) emphasizes research that explores the impact of climate change and challenges within the global...
  • The Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa (CABSA) is a non-profit organization coordinated by Huguenot College that promotes engagement between Christian churches and organizations focused on AIDS. Founded in 2001, it works to reduce HIV/AIDS-related stigma in churches and provides knowledge and training to advance the AIDS relief effort through its "Churches, Channels of Hope" programming. CABSA often hosts workshops and training seminars. Its Christian AIDS Resource and Information...
  • Run by South African Anglican church leaders, Solidarity Peace Trust (SPT) defends human rights, democracy, and freedom and assists people who are victims of extreme hunger and human rights abuses, particularly those related to political oppression. It publishes reports on violations of civil, political, and human rights, primarily in Zimbabwe; these publications are augmented by news and analysis on the SPT blog and online photo and video collections. SPT articles also address issues related...
  • The African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) supports and coordinates local and national networks of Jesuits involved in HIV/AIDS work in 27 African countries. Created by the Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar in 2002, AJAN emphasizes solidarity with the suffering, rejecting stigma and discrimination, promoting responsibility and prevention, and respecting local culture and spirituality. AJAN networks Jesuits into working groups and task forces on HIV/AIDS issues while developing working...
  • Founded in 2004, Caritas Poland is the domestic Polish branch of Caritas Europa and Caritas International. An aid and charity organization connected with the Roman Catholic Church, Caritas Poland provides both domestic and international social assistance and aid programs. Within Poland, Caritas Poland runs programs to aid single mothers and children, rehabilitation and treatment clinics, and hospices. It is also involved in international aid, contributing to programs in portions of Eastern...
  • Solar Light for Africa (SLA) is a Christian development organization dedicated to providing renewable energy through solar power to rural and impoverished communities in Africa. Founded in 1997 by Episcopal Bishop Alden Hathaway, SLA has since brought light and power to over 2,550 facilities, including medical clinics, orphanages, schools, churches, and private homes. One of SLA's programs, drawing on the lessons of track-two diplomacy, facilitates joint projects in which American and African...
  • Owned by the churches in South Africa, the Bench Marks Foundation is a unique Christian organization dedicated to promoting and monitoring corporate social responsibility. Using the "Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility: Bench Marks for Measuring Business Performance," a document shared by similar church agencies and coalitions across four continents, Bench Marks Foundation publishes evaluations of African businesses. In addition, the foundation conducts research on specific areas...
  • The Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), founded as a voluntary professional organization in 1967, is now an umbrella network for 168 Christian member associations, all of which work in the provision of health services. Faith-based institutions like hospitals, clinics, health centers, primary health centers, and training institutions are organized into Church Health Coordinating Units (CHCUs); CHAG works as a liaison between the Ministry of Health and these units to ensure proper...
  • Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) is an ecumenical Christian organization focused on emergency relief, development aid, and social justice advocacy. Key programmatic areas include governance, climate change, peace and reconciliation, water and sanitation, marginalized indigenous peoples, and gender-based violence. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is another priority, with a focus on combating stigma and discrimination, encouraging prevention and youth empowerment, and reducing the number of young, HIV-positive...
  • Founded in 2004, the non-profit Interfaith League Against Poverty (I-LAP) cultivates and encourages dialogue and development between religions in multi-ethnic, multi-religious Pakistan. The core of I-LAP's work centers around advocacy and peacebuilding, interfaith harmony, and disaster relief. The organization also sponsors a Peace Exhibition and Museum, a peace garden, a peace library, and peace walks throughout the year. Its programs support human rights, religious freedom, and the...
  • Founded in 1927, Fida International (formerly known as Finnish Free Foreign Mission) is the largest mission and development co-operation organization in Finland, with projects in over 30 countries. Projects involve all aspects of development work, from health and sanitation to gender equality, and many initiatives also incorporate capacity building and training. A child sponsorship program promotes education and community involvement. Fida also distributes disaster relief aid through a...
  • Initially founded in 1946 as an ecumenical service providing loans to churches in Europe, ECLOF International has since grown to become an ecumenical microfinance institution, offering credit tailored to the needs of the world's poor. With 20 offices in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, ECLOF works to empower disadvantaged people and communities through financial services and loans, with special focus on women and youth and people in rural areas. The organization offers individual, group, and...
  • Since 1988, the Consortium on AIDS and International Development has been working to advocate for best practices in eradicating HIV/AIDS both in the United Kingdom and internationally. As a network of over 80 faith-based and academic organizations, the consortium is able to reach more than 130 million people worldwide through its member institutions. In addition, the consortium lobbies the British government and in communities to support global HIV/AIDS policies and the Millennium Development...
  • Founded in 2002, Healing Waters International works internationally to provide clean water solutions, health and sanitation education, and business management training. Healing Waters focuses on building local capacity and sustainability in establishing its water and sanitation projects, often generating the informational resources that support implementation of three objectives (water sanitation, education, and business development). The organization relies on financing partners to provide...
  • The National Secretariat for Social Ministry of the Colombian Bishops' Conference-Caritas Colombia (Secretariado Nacional de Pastoral Social, SNPS) is the Colombian Catholic Church's secretariat for social ministry. This includes a wide variety of social service and advocacy work, including a variety of programs aimed at ending Colombia's armed conflict. Project Ruth is a database of internally displaced Colombians that allows SNPS to better coordinate its humanitarian work. A number of...
  • Fe y Alegría Chile delivers high quality education and supports community empowerment initiatives in poor neighborhoods and communities. Educational and community projects emphasize Christian values of justice, solidarity, and participation; key programs focus on developing educational models and providing the training necessary to help families find dignified work. The national body is part of Fe y Alegría International, a movement for educational and social transformation with a presence in...
  • The Peace and Justice Service (Servicio Paz y Justicia, SERPAJ) is an organization inspired by Christian doctrine to strengthen social organizations and aid the poor and working populations of Latin America. It aims to bring about social transformation through non-violence, and it has offices in over a dozen countries in the region. Since its founding in 1974 its purpose has evolved to meet emerging challenges. Most famously, when faced with human rights violations in Argentina, SERPAJ acted...
  • Jesuit Migration Service-Central and North America (Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes Centroamérica y Norteamérica, SJM) is a network of Jesuit and Jesuit-affiliated organizations throughout North and South America that aim to cooperate on areas of academic research, advocacy, and social/pastoral care of migrants. SJM has a presence in nine countries, which includes universities, social projects, pastoral centers, human rights advocacy groups, and specialized research centers. It aims to build and...
  • Caritas Cuba, part of Caritas Internationalis, is a non-governmental organization that coordinates efforts of 11 dioceses to provide aid for Cubans with learning disabilities, especially the elderly and children. Caritas Cuba has created health programs and funds a number of soup kitchens across the country. The group has 50 paid staff and over 12,000 volunteers; it partners chiefly with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Caritas Switzerland. In combined efforts with CRS, the group has...
  • Through innovative and collaborative projects, the AVINA Foundation (Fundacíon AVINA) works for the promotion of sustainable development in Latin America. The organization believes that the two keys to positive change lie in placing value on public goods and transitioning toward a new economy that preserves natural wealth and protects social progress. Core areas of focus include sustainable recycling, sustainable cities, energy, access to water, migrations, and the South American Chaco; its...
  • Founded in the early 1970s by a Christian businessman who had led a trip of high school students to volunteer in Haiti, Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) seeks to honor God through sustainable hunger solutions. Its headquarters in Florida house a demonstration farm with the simulated climates of six parts of the developing world, a reference library, and a seed bank that sends trial packets of seeds to international development workers, community leaders, and missionaries....
  • The Christian Association of Business Executives (Asociacion Cristiana de Dirigentes de Empresa, ACDE) brings together business leaders in Uruguay to promote efficient and ethical business organizations to encourage just and humane economic structures. Inspired by the Christian conception of humanity and society, ACDE has been working since 1952 to generate concrete business transformations. Its network includes small, medium, large, national, and international companies; its commissions and...
  • Asociación Huauquipura is a development NGO that promotes mutual exchange with the peoples of poor countries by conducting activities that support preservation of cultural identity and development according to Christian values. Headquartered in Spain, Huauquipura's work is primarily focused in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Most of the organization's projects center around gender equality, the rights of children, and rural development in these countries, but Huauquipura also supports...
  • Campo (Centro de Assessoria ao Movimento Popular) is a Brazilian NGO that has achieved tangible and lasting results in positive community transformation through grassroots projects in the slums on Rio de Janeiro. Founded by an ex-Jesuit priest in 1987, Campo emphasizes solidarity, autonomy, self-sufficiency, and the participation of community leaders in all of its partnerships. It operates as an "Assistance Center" by providing financial and managerial resources as well as training to...
  • Witness for Peace (WFP) is a faith-inspired grassroots organization of people committed to supporting nonviolence, justice, and sustainability in the Americas. Its members advocate changing US policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1983 to protest US funding of the Nicaraguan Contras, WFP has since been involved in over ten Latin American countries and has helped to attract attention to the conflicts there,...
  • The Anisa Foundation (Fundación Anisa) promotes world order and sustainable development in the Mexicali, Baja California, and Mexico Valley regions of Mexico, according to Baha’i principles of oneness of mankind. Its comprehensive programs include a gender equality initiative in the Mexicali public school system, health courses and degree programs, the Tlacoa musical group, moral education training, and youth and adult tutoring. The Anisa Foundation receives funding from a network of grants...
  • The Social Aid Foundation of Christian Churches (Fundación de Ayuda Social de las Iglesias Cristianas, FASIC) is a Protestant Christian foundation that defends and promotes human rights, especially those of migrants and victims of political violence in Latin America. Based in Chile, FASIC has been working since 1975 in the spheres of political lobbying, advocacy in the media, and grassroots project organization. FASIC partners with human rights lawyers to combat offenses in the legal realm...
  • Esperança works to improve health and provide hope for impoverished communities through sustainable disease prevention, education, and treatment in fourteen countries. Originally founded in 1970 by a Franciscan priest in the Amazon jungle and sustained for ten years as a mobile clinic aboard a hospital ship, the Fundaçao Esperança now occupies a full city block of medical facilities in Brazil and works globally in a number of areas including clean water and sanitation, food security, home...
  • The Episcopal Commission for Social Ministry (CEPS-Caritas) is both a part of the structure of the Mexican Episcopal Conference and a branch of Caritas Internationalis in Mexico. As such, the commission focuses on eight dimensions of Catholic outreach: social pastoral services; justice, peace, and reconciliation; faith and politics; labor ministry; health ministry; prison ministry; human mobility; and indigenous pastoral services. In all of its work, CEPS-Caritas promotes and accompanies...
  • As a branch of Caritas Internationalis, Caritas de Nicaragua is committed to a grassroots extension of God's love to the most impoverished according to Catholic Social Teaching. Its strategic areas of focus include institutional strengthening, food safety, justice and peace, and prevention and emergency. Caritas de Nicaragua operates via eight diocesan boards, which plan, execute, and promote the development of sustainable initiatives. The organization works all over Nicaragua, partnering...
  • Obra Claretiana para el Desarrollo (OCLADE) was founded in 1983 by the Claretianos, a Catholic missionary order, to lead social welfare and development activities in northwestern Argentina around the city of Iruyo. The organization relies primarily on volunteers and receives funding from both Catholic and Protestant groups as well as non-religious development funds. It also cooperates with the Argentinian Ministry of Social Development on various projects, including community kitchens and...
  • The Brookings Institution supports independent scholarship and research that contributes to the public policy debate in the United States. Brookings includes a number of in-house programs and centers dedicated to studying particular issues and world regions, as well as external operational centers in China and Qatar. Its “World” section focuses on a variety of issues related to global governance, global economics, development, security, and foreign policy issues; current research projects...
  • The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood is the country's most influential Islamist organization. Founded in 1945, it was inspired by and loosely connected to its Egyptian counterpart, supporting the Palestinian cause and rejecting Western influence on domestic and regional affairs; Hamas has traditionally seated a representative on its Shura (governing council). The organization has always condemned violence and never engaged in any such acts, a factor that helped smooth its early relationship with...
  • The Justice and Development Party (PJD) is an Islamist political party that has headed the Moroccan parliament since November 2011. The PJD was originally formed in 1967 under the name the "Popular, Democratic and Constitutional Movement," and changed its name to its current form in 1998. After incorporating a number of smaller moderate political parties into its folds, including a group called the Islamic Youth, the PJD transformed into a political force winning 42 out of 295 seats in...
  • The Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) is a worldwide organization coordinating social networks and grassroots cooperation amongst Muslim women. Muslim women have a history of leadership as professionals, caregivers, teachers, scholars, and activists; WISE aims to reinvigorate this legacy. WISE seeks to alleviate the struggle of women in Muslim countries and communities through the power of Islam, even when that struggle is the result of cultural, social, economic,...
  • The Middle East Institute (MEI) is a non-partisan research organization devoted to the study of the Middle East. Founded in 1946, MEI's mission involves improving understanding between Americans and the people of the Middle East through increased knowledge and interaction. MEI supports scholars, offers courses, hosts events, and prepares analysis on key issues in the Middle East in the realms of military and defense, energy, human rights, economy, politics, culture and society, and current...
  • Since 1974 the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) has grown to include Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Rite Catholic, and Protestant churches. In the Muslim-majority region, the council works to establish a peaceful Christian presence by initiating dialogue, which it has done in post-war Lebanon and Iraq, as well as in Israel/Palestine. Other MECC programs support services that meet the material needs of people in the region, including partnerships with the Lebanese...
  • Established in 1971, the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), an independent organization, publishes reports with information and analysis that is oftentimes not available from the mainstream media. The website only offers back issues of the print Middle East Reports for purchase, but the organization does publish a web-only supplement to the print versions called Middle East Report Online. MERIP also places opinion pieces in newspapers and magazine, and many of them – dating...
  • The Mideast Youth Foundation is a nonprofit online forum that promotes freedom of expression on contemporary social and political issues in the Middle East. A student-owned and user-generated network, it focuses on facilitating constructive dialogue and understanding within the Middle East and North Africa, a region characterized by media censorship. The forum hosts members from twenty-two countries, eight religions, and different sexual orientations. Projects showcase underground musicians,...
  • Founded by Samuel Rizk, the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue (FDCD) supports interfaith initiatives that promote peace, sustainable development, and interreligious dialogue in the Middle East. FDCD conducts seminars and trainings with marginalized communities throughout the region, with particular attention on Lebanon; the organization also focuses on engaging women and youth in civil society work. Past projects have included trust-building exercises conducted in the wake of the...
  • The Spirit of Fes Foundation (Fondation Esprit de Fes) encourages cultural tourism and sustainable development in the city of Fes, Morocco, with a focus on inter-cultural and interfaith events. The foundation annually sponsors and organizes the Fes Sacred Music Festival, a major interfaith spiritual music gathering, as well as the Fes Encounters, an interreligious dialogue initiative. Other events promoted by the foundation focus on food, the visual arts, migration, and development. The...
  • The Gulen Movement, also known as Hizmet ("service" in Turkish), is a transnational Islamic movement originating in Turkey in the late 1970s. Based around the teachings and personality of Fethullah Gulen, its members engage in a variety of initiatives aimed at encouraging interreligious and intercultural dialogue and promoting the principles of democracy and human rights. It is perhaps best known for a longstanding commitment to education, and hundreds of schools inspired by Gulen's teachings...
  • The Iranian Red Crescent Society is Iran's largest relief organization. Founded in 1922 as the Iranian Red Lion and Sun Society of Iran, it became part of the international Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in 1923. Financed primarily by endowments, the society helped establish numerous hospitals, clinics, and maternity wards. Renamed the Iranian Red Crescent Society following the 1979 Revolution, it continues to provide a broad range of health services across Iran, while also focusing on...
  • The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), established in 1978, aims to reduce the effects of catastrophes and relieve human suffering regardless of one's religious affiliation. The society contributes to social and humanitarian services in agreement with the mission of its parent organization, the Red Crescent. As the first voluntary charity organization in the state of Qatar, the society has become very active in providing assistance and establishing relief programs in disaster areas around the...
  • As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Organization (SARC) serves the people of Syria and the world according to the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. SARC provides medical support in times of peace and disasters, storage of emergency supplies, first aid services, and medical training; special committees focus on environment and culture, international humanitarian...
  • The Turkish Red Crescent, part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, has been working as a first-response and humanitarian aid society since it was founded by the Ottomans in 1868. Its mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering, without discrimination and with a focus on human dignity. The Turkish Red Crescent's programs include disaster management, blood services, diagnostic and therapeutic services, education, youth services, the Sister Crescent Club, a nursing...
  • Founded in 1983 as an international NGO, the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR) works in several arenas to promote respect for human rights in the 22 countries of the Arab world. Through activities like the Arab Dialogue Forum and training courses, and through campaigns for the Tunisian and Egyptian elections, AOHR supports active peacebuilding. Its publications investigate human rights offenses (including those resulting from beliefs or matters of conscience), propose interventions,...
  • The NGO Tuberculosis Consortium India is an initiative made up of twelve NGOs, some faith-based, working to support and implement India’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP). Created in November 2007, it emphasizes collaboration to fill critical gaps in the supply of medication to India (which has one-fifth of all TB cases globally) and to increase knowledge of TB prevention through advocacy, communication, and social mobilization. Its 2007-2012 five year plan particularly...
  • The Brahma Kumaris (BK) is an international Hindu-inspired spiritual, educational, and service network. The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Universities, the primary manifestations of the movement, have over 8,500 centers in 110 countries. The BK evolved from a Hindu community in Hyderabad, Pakistan into a unique spiritual organization under the leadership of Dada Lekhraj, who claimed he received multiple visions about the nature of the soul and God in 1936. The Brahma Kumaris expanded through...
  • The Sathya Sai Baba Organization is an international spiritual organization founded on the core values of love, service, and the unity of all people and faiths. Sathya Sai Baba Organizations number over 1,200 in 126 countries. The movement was started by Sri Sathya Sai Baba, a charismatic Indian leader who as a teenager in the 1940s claimed to be a divine reincarnation. He established the organization, which is named for him, in the 1960s. The Sathya Sai Baba movement focuses on spiritual,...
  • The Art of Living Foundation is an educational, humanitarian, and spiritual organization which advocates for the elimination of stress and the promotion of non-violence. Founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in 1981, it is active in 151 countries and is among the largest of the volunteer-based NGOs accredited by the United Nations. The organization operates a variety of projects addressing prisoner rehabilitation, accessible education, environmental sustainability, disaster recovery, conflict...
  • Founded by Gary Haugen in 1997, International Justice Mission (IJM) fights violent oppression by helping enforce the rule of law in support of the poor and powerless. The organization follows individual cases through the justice system to ensure that rights are both respected legally and that enforcement is supported in practice; it also provides immediate and long-term care and support to victims of abuse. This casework model incorporates collaboration with both governments and civil society...