With thousands of non-governmental organizations involved in
trade development, putting together a list of key players is a
difficult task. The table below is not exhaustive, but it is
representative of the organizations that could be of interest to
our readers. The list is intended to give an idea about the broad
area of activities carried out by the NGOs, as well as to provide
information on possible areas of collaboration.
NGOs are active in all areas of trade, from the international to
the local level. Our small sample highlights major international
NGOs or NGO alliances working on such issues as trade policy and
negotiations, economic development for poor communities, financing
and training of businesses.
The NGOs listed are cross-referenced most frequently by other
organizations, including WTO, UNCTAD and Harvard University.
Although in the course of our research we did not find a listing
such as the one below, we did come across several others related to
trade, but they primarily listed NGOs working with specific
The scope of the organization's activities was another criterion
in our choice, particularly their financial power and the capacity
to influence trade policy-makers. Moreover, we chose to feature
NGOs that actively support trade as a means to development and
those participating in major pro-trade campaigns.
It may be surprising to see so many "humanitarian" organizations
on this list, which reflects a trend of their increased involvement
in trade development. Many are realizing that developing trade and
businesses proves more effective in fighting poverty than
humanitarian aid alone. While their mandate goes beyond trade
development, we've focused on the trade-related aspect of their
The entries in the table are based on the information available
on the NGOs' web sites. We welcome your feedback and will use it to
update the table.