From environmental sustainability to defending human rights, NGOs are improving lives across the globe.
Rarely recognized for their efforts and innovation, we have used Kred's Influence and Outreach scores to create a list of the world’s top 10 NGOs.
10. Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
“Saving lives of millions”
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has one goal: help save the lives of millions with HIV/AIDS in the developing world. Working at both the national and global levels, the CHAI is working towards decreasing the costs of medical treatment, increasing access to lifesaving technologies, and helping governments build the frameworks needed for high-quality care and treatment programs. Today, the CHAI has over 1,500 employees and operates in 33 countries.
9. Cure Violence“A world without violence.”
The Cure Violence organization is committed to stopping the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control. These methods include detecting and disrupting conflicts, identifying and treating high risk individuals, and changing social norms. The organization has seen community violence decreased by up to 70% by employing such strategies. Operating primarily in the US, Latin America, the Middle East, and North Africa; Cure Violence is ranked as one of the top 20 NGOs in the world by the Global Journal.
“Driving transformative innovation to save lives.”
PATH envisions a world where innovation ensures that health is within reach for everyone, especially women and children. As a leader in global health innovation, they work alongside countries in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs, deliver measureable results, and disrupt the cycle of poor health. For nearly 40 years, PATH has been a pioneer in translating bold ideas into breakthrough health solutions, with a focus on child survival, maternal and reproductive health, and infectious diseases.
7. Mercy Corps“Saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places.”
Mercy Corps has partnered with more than 40 countries to put bold solutions into action in an attempt to help people triumph over adversity in the face of hardship and disaster. They operate under the belief that communities are the best agents for their own change andthat local markets are the best engines of sustainable recovery. Mercy Corps focus on sustainable agriculture, conflict management, disaster preparedness and emergency responses, education, and equity for women and children. The organization was founded in 1979 as Save the Refugees Fund, a task force set up by Dan O'Neill for Cambodian refugees escaping famine, genocide, and war.
6. CERES Coalition
"Mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy."
Ceres advocates for sustainable business practices and solutions by mobilizing investor and business leadership with the aim to build a healthy global economy. They have 10 key principles, among them is the protection of the biosphere, sustainable use of natural resources, energy conservation, risk reduction, and environmental restoration. Each year, Ceres holds a two day conference in Boston where attendees can learn how various business sectors can adapt to 21st Century sustainability challenges.
5. International Rescue Committee
“From Harm to Home.”
The International Rescue Committee is a humanitarian aid, relief, and development organization that responds to the worst humanitarian crises. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works in over 40 countries and 26 US cities, helping people to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. The IRC’s latest strategy, IRC 2020, aims to reduce the number of displaced people, and address their unique and complex needs by rethinking traditional ideas of global humanitarian response.
4. Heifer International
“Together we have power over hunger & poverty.”
Heifer International aims to eliminate hunger and poverty, by working with communities to strengthen local economies. With a focus on increasing community income and assets, improving food security and nutrition, and addressing environmental sustainability, Heifer envisions that change will be manifested through women’s empowerment and social capital. For over 70 years, Heifer has worked in 125 countries and helped 25 million families overcome poverty.
3. Partners in Health
“We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay.”
Partners in Health works with local government officials and the world’s leading medical and academic institutions to build capacity and strengthen health systems. By establishing long-term relationships with these agencies, Partners In Health has two main goals: bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them, and to serve as an antidote to despair. Their mission is both medical and moral and is based on solidarity rather than charity alone.
“We see equal value in all lives.”
2. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sees value in all lives and is committed to improving the quality of life for all people, in every part of the world. From the education of students in Chicago, to the health of a young mother in Nigeria, the Gates Foundation is focused on the areas of greatest need and on the ways they can do the most good. The Foundation seeks to solve the complex problems and demands the coordination of leaders, governments, communities, and individuals around the world in order to drive change on a global scale.
1. Foundation for Environmental Education“Truly Global. Truly Effective.”
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has made it their mission to educate in order to protect the environment as well as the people who live in it, the communities that depend on it, businesses who profit from it, and the ecosystems that rely on it. With over 73 participating countries, their Education for Sustainable Development and Environment Education programs have been recognised by UNESCO as cutting-edge. It is through these programs that FREE helps communities to realise the benefits of sustainable living through education and active learning.
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