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Civil Society Organizations

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The World Bank interacts with thousands of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) throughout the world at the global, regional, and country levels.  These CSOs include NGOs, trade unions, faith-based organizations, indigenous peoples movements, foundations and many other. These interactions range from CSOs who critically monitor the Bank’s work and engage the Bank in policy discussions, to those which actively collaborate with the Bank in operational activities.  There are many examples of active partnerships in the areas of forest conservation, AIDS vaccines, rural poverty, micro-credit, and internet development.  

Below are links to some of the Bank’s civil society interlocutors. For a list of CSO reports on the Bank visit the "Civil Society Materials on the World Bank" page.

Please note that this page is reserved for those international civil society organizations with whom the Bank maintains ongoing relations through policy dialogue, training, adn/or operational collaboration.

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The Access Initiative
The Access Initiative is the largest network in the world dedicated to ensuring that citizens have the right and ability to influence decisions about the natural resources that sustain their communities.  TAI assesses Government performance on transparency, inclusiveness and accountability using a standard research method.  It uses the results of such assessments to engage Governments in legal and institutional reforms that advance access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters.


Action Aid
ActionAid is a partnership of people who are fighting for a world without poverty. The group works with poor and marginalized people in more than 40 countries to help eradicate poverty by overcoming the injustice and inequity that cause it.



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

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Bretton Woods Project
The Bretton Woods Project works as a networker, information-provider, media informant and watchdog to scrutinise and influence the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Through briefings, reports and the bimonthly digest, it monitors projects, policy reforms and the overall management of the Bretton Woods institutions with special emphasis on environmental and social concerns.

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Christian Aid
Christian Aid is part of a wider movement for social justice, and works with some of the world’s poorest people to tackle the causes and consequences of poverty and injustice, and to campaign for change. They work in around 50 countries with more than 650 local organisations to provide urgent, practical and effective assistance, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.


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Coordination SUD
As the national coordinator of French NGOs, Coordination SUD has the double mission of supporting and strengthening the NGOs, as well as representing and promoting the values of French NGOs to public or private institutions in France and abroad.


Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services is the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community.  It was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, it has expanded in size to reach more than 80 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.

The Center of Concern
The Center of Concern provides information and analysis on development issues, alternatives to current development policies and suggestions for personal action, and faith reflections in the struggle to end hunger, poverty, environmental decline, and injustice.

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Central and Eastern Europe Bankwatch (CEE)
The CEE Bankwatch Network's mission is to prevent the environmentally and socially harmful impacts of international development finance, and to promote alternative solutions and public participation. It is an international NGO with member organizations from 13 countries across the central and eastern European region. The aim of the network is to monitor the activities of the international financial institutionswhich operate in the region, and to propose constructive alternatives to their policies and projects in the region.

Citizens' Network on Essential Services (CNES)
The Citizens' Network on Essential Services (CNES) works to democratize national and global governance by supporting citizens' groups that are engaged in influencing policy decisions about basic services: water, power, education, and health care.
CIVICUS is an international alliance established in 1993 to nurture the foundation, growth and protection of citizen action throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened.
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The EFE Foundation believes that giving young people jobs lays the foundation for secure and peaceful societies and breaks the cycle of frustration, despair and anger caused by chronic unemployment. Working in predominantly Muslim countries, EFE creates job opportunities for unemployed youth with limited opportunity by developing tailor-made vocational, technical, and professional training courses that link directly to jobs.

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Environmental Defense
Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people. Among these rights are access to clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and flourishing ecosystems. Guided by science, it evaluates environmental problems and works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient and fair.



EURODAD (European Network on Debt and Development) is a network of 54 NGOs from 17 European countries working on issues related to debt, development finance and poverty reduction. The network has recently focussed on multilateral debt cancellation, debt sustainability, aid quality, conditionality and harmonization, and export credit debts.

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Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth defends the environment and champions a healthy and just world. It is an international network of grassroots groups in 70 countries.
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The Global Health Council
The world's largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world. Its diverse membership comprises of health-care professionals and organizations that include NGOs, foundations, corporations, government agencies and academic institutions.

The Glocal Forum
The Forum promotes the role of local governments on the world stage and the role of youth in decision-making processes in their cities. It aims to ensure that cities achieve peaceful, sustainable development by linking them with global resources, expertise and support. The Forum head office is based in Rome and its network includes over 120 cities worldwide and 90 global partners.
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Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization based in the United States. Human Rights Watch researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world.
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The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is the main international trade union organisation, representing the interests of working people worldwide. It has 304 affiliated member organisations in 153 countries and territories, with a total membership of 168 million workers.
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The Institute of Harzrat Mohammad (SAW) 
The Institute of Harzrat Mohammad (SAW) is a religious research center located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which is committed to peach and human development at the individual and community levels.  Its work priorities includes: rights of women, minority, and disabled people; interfaith dialogues for conflict resolution; and microfinance for social and economic justice.

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The Global Unionscomprise the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), ten Global Union Federations (GUFs) which represent unions from specific industry sectors or occupational groups, and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.

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Founded in 1951, the Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr (IMVF) is an international Portuguese NGO whose main purpose is to carry out development education in Portugal, and support community and post-conflict development in Brazil and East Timor. IMFV receives co-financing by the European Commission, Portuguese Institute for Development Assistance (IPAD), World Bank, and United Nations Agencies.
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International Rivers
IR supports local communities working to protect their rivers and watersheds. We work to halt destructive river development projects, and to encourage equitable and sustainable methods of meeting needs for water, energy and flood management.
InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Oxfam International
Oxfam believes that in a world rich in resources, poverty isn’t a fact of life but an injustice which must be overcome.

Save the Children
Save the Children creates real and lasting change in the lives of children in need in the U.S. and in over 43 countries around the world.

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Search for Common Ground
The organization works with local partners to find culturally appropriate ways to strengthen indigenous capacity to deal with conflicts constructively.  Its work includes the use of media -- radio, TV, film and print -- mediation and facilitation, training, shuttle diplomacy, community organizing,  policy forums, sports, drama and music.

Social Watch
Social Watch is an international network informed by national citizens' groups aiming at following up the fulfillment of the internationally agreed commitments on poverty eradication and equality. 

Transparency International
Transparency International, the only international non-governmental organisation devoted to combating corruption, brings civil society, business, and governments together in a powerful global coalition.

World Faith Development Dialogue
The World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) was set up in 1998 by James D. Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank, and Lord Carey of Clifton, then Archbishop of Canterbury, to help to promote a dialogue on poverty and development, both among the different faith traditions and between them and development agencies, such as the World Bank.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
World wide fund for nature, known as world wildlife fund in the u.s. and canada, is a global conservation organization dedicated to stopping the degradation of the earth's environment and building a future in which to humans live in harmony with nature.
   World Vision
World Vision helps transform the lives of the world 's poorest children and families in nearly 100 countries, including the United States.

Last updated: April 2008

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