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For briefings and updates on World Bank and IMF initiatives (CDF, PRSPs, genuine savings, etc) from an NGO perspective.



Centre for Science and Environment, India

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) was established in 1980 to increase public awareness of vital issues in science, technology, environment and development. It is now one of India's leading environmental NGOs concerned sustainable natural resource management. It conducts campaigns and research and is a leading environmental publisher. CSE's insists on respect for democracy, people's participation, traditional knowledge and modern science.

It is well known for its citizens' reports on the state of India's environment (the first was published in 1982), and publishes a fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth, and a children's supplement Gobar Times (Cowdung Times) which aims to inculcate concern for the environment across the nation.

CSE's research and publication work is consistently combined with advocacy and network building. It runs campaigns covering: air and water pollution, water harvesting, climate change, biodiversity, people and forests, and people and wildlife. It has six programmes: State of India's environment, green rating project, environmental education, global environmental governance, health and environment, and poverty and environment.

The website library provides access to clippings, images, books, articles, videos, contact directories, government notifications, parliamentary questions and archives for Down to Earth magazine. A free monthly newsletter is available via the website.



Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF, Latin America)

CAF is a multilateral financial institution whose mission is to promote the sustainable development of its shareholder countries and regional integration. It serves the public and private sectors, providing multiple financial services to a broad customer base composed of the governments of shareholder countries, public and private companies and financial institutions. Its policies incorporate social and environmental variables, and it includes ecoefficiency and sustainability criteria in all its operations.



Eco-News Africa

EcoNews Africa is a non-governmental organization that analyzes global environment and development issues from an African perspective and reports on local, national and regional activities that contribute to global solutions. Its mission is to enhance the role of East Africa's NGOs and community-based organizations to influence policy-making on issues of sustainable development, in particular on environment, trade and information.



Environment and Development Action in the Third World (ENDA-TM)

ENDA is an international non-profit organisation based in Dakar, Senegal. Founded in 1972, it is an association of autonomous entities co-ordinated by an Executive Secretariat. ENDA's worldwide representation includes: 24 teams at the Dakar headquarters each working on development and environment themes; 21 countries offices (14 in Africa, 5 in South America, 2 in Asia) and a European delegation.

Through its projects against poverty, and its research, training and exchange programs, it strives to integrate environmental, economic and cultural relationships in activities to meet the needs and objectives of grassroots groups.

ENDA collaborates with grassroots groups in search of alternative development models on the basis of the experience, expectations and objectives of marginalised peoples. This mutual commitment translates as: presence at all levels of decision-making and action; development of replicable models of progress, uniting action, research, training and communication; involving intellectuals and professionals in defining and implementing development models for the majority and the least privileged; fighting poverty; and involvement in international debates to render third world positions visible and influential.

ENDA relies essentially on the initiative and methods of popular action for its impetus:

  • Individual and collective initiative (particularly inner city inhabitants, who mobilise in response to particular challenges and issues);
  • Grassroots groups and social movements (rural and urban associations involving youth, women, communities, professionals and consumers, and local or national federations);
  • The construction of basic common infrastructures (socio-economic activities, sanitary and social services etc.) with the involvement of grassroots communities.

In general, ENDA works to enhance the visibility and value, in practice as well as theory, of the knowledge and tools that exist in local development efforts. This consists of identifying and supporting community development initiatives - especially in terms of local organisations.



Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)

The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) explores the strategic use of the various communications media for democratization and popular empowerment.

For the past several years, FMA sought to enhance the popularization and social marketing of development-oriented issues and campaigns through media-related interventions and cultural work. The Foundation has been involved in the production of a public affairs television show, development-oriented video-documentaries, songwriting festivals, advocacy campaigns, and various publications in support of the efforts of and POs and NGOs.

FMA now focuses on three interrelated areas:

a) Responsive Mass Media Services: involving the provision of media liaison and related services to various civil society-based programs, activities, and campaigns;

b) Communication Arts and Design Consultancy: aimed at helping NGOs and POs communicate to their publics in the best possible way through relevant editorial services and content-driven graphics design;

c) Democratization of Information and Communications Technology (ICT): aimed at empowering civil society in the critical use of new media.



Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), Argentina

FARN (The Environment and Natural Resources Foundation) was established in 1985 as a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable development policies, laws, economic activities and institutional arrangements. Its target audience is decision-makers in the public and private sectors.



Fundación Futuro Latinamerico (FFLA)

FFLA is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1993. Headquartered in Quito, FFLA develops activities throughout Latin America in association with organizations in each country in the region. FFLA promotes sustainable development through its conflict resolution training activities, organization and facilitation of multisectoral political dialogues, and research publications (including Puentes, a Spanish language publication on trade and sustainable development).



Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), Poland

The Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) (Instytut na rzecz ekorozwoju) is a leading Polish NGO established in 1991 as a foundation to promote, develop and implement principles and methods of sustainable development. ISD analyses relations between economic, legislative and social changes versus environmental issues. It employs an interdisciplinary staff of professionals, mainly geographers and economists that maintain broad contacts with both domestic and foreign experts and institutions.



International Network of Green Planners (INGP)

The International Network of Green Planners (INGP) was founded in 1992 as an informal forum for policy-makers and practitioners involved in developing and implementing plans, strategies and policy frameworks for sustainable development. It converted to an Association in 1998. Through the INGP, the exchange of information, experiences and ideas amongst practitioners is facilitated, with a focus on the environmental component of sustainable development.

A global meeting is organised every 18 months, with regional meetings in between.



National Councils for Sustainable Development NCSDs See also Earth Council



National Strategies for Sustainable Development of Caribbean Small Island States - From Vision to Action

In the Caribbean, sustainable development presents unique challenges because of the small island context in which development occurs. In this context development requires making decisions that seek to achieve a balance between the finite carrying capacity of small island ecosystems and the need to achieve economic growth to meet the aspirations of present and future generations



Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA)

Established originally in 1999 as the Club of Dublin, the Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA) is a resource and forum of African experts in the management of environment and natural resources, which. Its strategy is to build and strengthen the expertise of individuals and institutions within Africa at local, national and sub-regional levels for environmentally sustainable development represents the essence of NESDA's strategy for achieving its general and specific objectives. This strategy has three components:

  • Support to national planning processes by strengthening the strategic planning process for the management of environment and sustainable development with two activities: analysis of national policies and external reviews of "green plans".
  • Strengthening the national capacities of African countries to launch and implement strategic programmes for sustainable management of their environment and natural resources. In this regard NESDA undertakes three activities:
  • Organisation of thematic and regional workshops,
  • In-country missions by experts of the network,
  • Project preparation and capacity-building seminars.
  • Strengthening of the Network and Dissemination of Information and to increase technical cooperation among African countries through:
  • Creation of a roster of African experts in different technical areas relevant to strategic framework exercises;
  • Setting up a mechanism to ensure greater involvement of the identified experts in programs in other African countries
  • Access to environmental information through the connection of NESDA to Internet;
  • Publications (newsletter, workshop/seminar proceedings, etc.) .

NESDA's activities are normally demand-driven and directed at: national governments and institutions, professional and academic institutions and individuals engaged in environment and natural resources management; as well as sub-regional institutions involved in promoting sustainable development.



Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Budapest

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The Center fulfills its mission through encouraging cooperation among non-governmental organisations, governments and businesses, supporting the free exchange of information and promoting public participation in environmental decision-making.

The REC was established in 1990 by the United States, the European Commission and Hungary. Today, the REC is legally based on a Charter signed by the governments of 25 countries and the European Commission, and on an International Agreement with the Government of Hungary.

The REC has country offices in each of its 15 beneficiary CEE countries.

The Center has nine programmes covering: business and environment, capacity- building, climate change, environmental law, information, local initiatives, NGO support, and public participation.



Southern Africa Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC)

SARDC is an independent regional information resource centre involved in the collection, production and dissemination of information about the SADC region, with offices in Harare, Dar es Salaam and Maputo; and network partners in all member states of the Southern Africa n Development Community (SADC).

Its objective is to improve the base of knowledge about economic, political, cultural and social developments, and their implications, by making information accessible to governments and policy-makers, NGOs, the private sector, regional and international organizations, development agencies, parliaments, and the media. Its activities include:

(a) Providing information and analysis of current events through books, special reports and news features, fact sheets, newsletters, policy analysis, technical expertise, topical seminars, and other specialist services. It is also a documentation centre with:

  • 9000 subject files on regional issues;
  • A library of books and periodicals;
  • Computerized data bases of select material which are retrievable through the use of keywords: state of the environment in southern Africa; women and gender in southern Africa; democracy and governance, elections; disaster management information, including drought; and other regional socio-economic and political issues;
  • A reading room facilities for policy planners, diplomats, academics, journalists, and others studying issues with a regional perspective;
  • Briefing facilities

(b) Facilitating seminars, briefings and consultancies for information exchange on electoral processes, environmental issues, gender, human development, and information networking.

(c) Conducting regional training programmes involving attachments and exchanges for southern African journalists, editors and documentalists.

SARDC's environment resource centre, The India Musokotwane Environment Resource Centre for Southern Africa (IMERCSA) provides researchers, the media, NGOs, governments and diplomats with up-to-date information on the environment and disaster management issues in Southern Africa . It is the leading regional centre for State of the Environment reporting and produces books and factsheets on environmental issues, and a newsletter and factsheets on the Zambezi river basin.



World Summit on Sustainable Development

The website provides detailed information about arrangements for the 1992 World Summit on Sustainable Development to be held in Johannesburg in August-September 2002. It provides information on: the preparatory process, calendar of events, key documents, major groups, media information and links to other relevant websites.



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