10 NGOs working towards world peace
By: Arantha Mascarenhas
Published On: November 12, 2018
Although this world is one unit, it’s so diversely divided. Cast, race, color, nationality, religion, political parties, sexism, and so many more factors tend to divide us on a daily basis. And the more we progress through life, the more we seem to be adding to the chaos that fills our world.
There are more rumored possibilities of wars now, than in any previous era. And while nations are fighting with one another over oil mines, religion and for territorial gains, the world continues to become ugly with these wars.
Our world desperately needs peace in our current scenario. And while there are many who talk about it, there are but a few who actually strive to achieve peace. Here is a list of the top 10 NGOs that are working excellently to establish world peace.
International Peace Bureau (IPB) was founded in 1891, as a result of consultations at the Universal Peace Congresses. It is an organisation that is devoted to the vision of a world without war. IPB believes that by reducing money for the military sector, significant amounts of money could be collected for social projects both nationally and internationally. They are a Nobel Peace Laureate and 13 of its members have been Nobel Prize winners over the years.
Interpeace was established by 1994 by the United Nations to develop innovative solutions to build peace. It is an international organisation that supports locally led peace initiatives around the world. They work in different regions in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Their mission is to create lasting peace in conflict areas.
Crisis management initiative was founded in 2000 by Nobel Prize Laureate and former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari. CMI works closely with all conflicting parties in some of the worlds most intractable conflicts to forge lasting peace through informal dialogue and mediation. It has ongoing commitments in the Middle-East, North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and Eurasia.
The Alliance for Conflict Transformation was founded in 1999. It is dedicated to building peace through innovative education, training, research, and practice worldwide. ACT projects fall into 3 broad program areas.
Education and Youth
Civil Society and Community Building
Intergroup Peace Building.
Global Network of Women Peacebuilders is a coalition of women’s groups and civil society organisations, especially from conflict affected countries. It advocates for women’s leadership to be at the core of all efforts in peacebuilding. Their vision is for an equal and peaceful world in which women’s and girl’s rights are promoted and protected. And in which women are recognized as peacemakers and decision makers.
International Alert was founded in 1986 to provide peaceful solutions to conflict. It works on 5 working principles namely, Progress, Fairness, Respect, Inclusion and Openness. It works with people directly affected with conflict to build lasting peace. It believes that together peace is within our power.
Non-Violent Peace Force (NVPF) protects civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies. They build peace side by side with local communities. And also advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity. They envision a worldwide culture of peace in which conflicts within and between communities and countries are managed through non- violent means.
8. Peace Direct
In 12 years Peace direct has supported 25 countries around the world. More than 22,000 people have been supported by it in 2017. They believe passionately in the power of nonviolence and the power of local action. Local people are central to the resolution of their own conflicts. Peace is not sustainable if imposed from the outside.
Global Peace Foundation was founded in 2009. They believe that a shared future is within our reach and that our shared identity and common aspirations as members of the human family establish the basis for sustainable peace.
10. The Elders
The Elders is an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates. They were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. They describe themselves as “independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights”.
NGOs and Crowdfunding
The process of attaining peace is a long process. And while these NGOs dedicatedly work towards their goal, they need funds to provide for the projects the undertake. While they persevere to bring peace to the world they need funds to help them reach out to a larger number of people over a wide geographical arena. This is where crowdfunding comes in.
Crowdfunding is the process of collecting funds through a crowd. The benefit of crowdfunding is that individuals don’t necessarily have to donate huge amounts of money, even a small amount makes a significant difference. Since a large audience is donating towards a cause, the collection of the funds are relatively faster.
In India, Impact Guru is a pioneer when it comes to crowdfunding. They have helped many NGOs over the years and have helped save many lives through their efforts. Some of the most outstanding success stories of NGOs associated with Impact Guru are:
Mukti Foundation serves a two-fold purpose. It hires those working as prostitutes and teaches them to make affordable sanitary pads. After making these pads they then cycle into the rural areas and distribute them to girls at very cheap prices. Therefore supporting two sections of women in society.
Impact Guru has helped them raise more than 8.5 lakhs within 99 days.
Annamrita Foundation started in 1995 with the mission to eradicate hunger and provide for the basic nutritional needs of children. Since 2004 they have been providing mid day meals throughout the country and the impact they have created is commendable
Impact Guru has helped them raise more than 1.5 lakhs within 44 days.
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