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Patricia Selenski Government 35 November 3, 2006  Professor Hughes                            Term paper on International Non- Governmental Organizations           Rourke describes Nongovernmental organizations (or NGO’s) as international (transnational)  organizations that have private membership, as opposed to the membership being made up of governments.  Some examples include Human Rights Watch, al Qaeda, the Roman Catholic Church, Families of Victims of  Involuntary Disappearance- FIND, Riders for Health, Doctors w/o Borders, Oxfam International, Avert AIDS,  Play Pumps, and Sudan Divestment Task Force. The internet is also an example of an NGO, because it is  transnational and affects much of the world.  There are over 10,000 NGO’s through the world today. There are  many different issues that the NGO’s work on, among them is peace, human rights, the environment, and  many other public concerns. Part of the reason for this growth was an awareness that many of the issues that  nations face are part of a larger picture that often involves solutions from / actions of many different nations  and groups. What happens in a country does not affect just that country, but affects many others across the  globe; we do not live in isolation. These groups are unique because they are not directly operated by the  government. Some of these organizations work singly or they can form networks to work together on projects 
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and sometimes work together with IGO’s Intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations to  address global issues. They work to influence and make changes in the governments of different nations.             One Example of a Nongovernmental organization is Human Rights Watch.  HRW is global  organization that operates all over the world, but is based out of New York (no mere coincidence, I think, that  it is the same city as where the United Nations is headquartered).  Over 150 people are employed by Human  Rights Watch world wide. Among them are lawyers, journalists, academics, and country experts from all over  the world. Human Rights Watch researches human rights abuses through the world. Human Rights Watch then  publishes those findings in reports every year, generating media coverage. This exposes abusive governments 
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