Center for Global Affairs
Global Civil Society
Gathering around causes that inspire them, private citizens have brought real changes to international affairs, from the Geneva Conventions to affordable AIDS medications, women's rights and the ban on land mines. This course will begin with a history of such non-governmental organizations and of their relations with the United Nations, governments and donors. It will discuss their achievements and their limitations in humanitarian aid, human rights and conflict resolution, development and democracy, the environment, and other areas. The class will examine the methods NGOs choose, from global advocacy to grassroots service, as they set out to change the world.