Areas of Concern

Article modified: September 2017, Author:


Every voluntary organisation is concerned with some issue or another, whether they are providing services to members, campaigning or working with the disadvantaged. We can’t possibly list every useful contact and idea for the wide spectrum covered by the sector. So we try to give an idea of good places to start, concentrating on web sites with a range of useful info. Their contact details should only be a click away.

We have used the following groupings:

Topic Reviews for more in-depth coverage of

Direct Action/Web Activism

  • Avaaz.org “Using the latest technology, Avaaz.org empowers ordinary people from every corner of the globe to directly contact key global decision-makers, corporations and the media.”
  • Urban75 ‘one of the UK’s busiest independent websites featuring direct action, rave, drug info, unpublished stories, photos, rants and more’. Look up An Activists’ Guide to Exploiting the Media, by George Monbiot if it is still there.
  • Reclaim the Streets – website not responding at late 2013.
  • Free Range Activism Free Range Practice Guide 4 is ‘A guide to the procedures and legal pitfalls of demonstrating or taking action in support of campaigns’.
  • Getup! Oz example, of a “community advocacy organisation giving everyday Australians opportunities to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues”.

World Trade/Capitalism Protests

See Campaign Resources for some other sites on web-based activism.

Government, democracy, media

See Lobbying page too (esp. Freedom of Information, Lobbying and PR issues). Alternative/progressive media are listed on Getting your message across.



(International) Civil Society

  • CIVICUS is an international alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to strengthening civil society.
  • CONGO Conference of NGOs in consultative status with the UN.
  • NGO UN Community, in conjunction with Execom, the Executive Committee of NGOs associated with the UN Dept of Public Information.
  • Union of International Associations A clearing house for information on over 40,000 international organisations, and produces a Yearbook reference on these.
  • WANGO# (World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations) ‘uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and well-being’.

Conflict and Peace

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