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Recipro: The history of international and humanitarian aid

The World of INGOs

At the turn of the 19th century appear the Good society, philanthropical clubs, women's groups, abolitionist movements and other advocacy initiatives, paving the way for the creation of organisations such as the Red Cross and more recently, the World Wildlife Fund. This exhibit explores the history of such initiatives and organisations, while highlighting their motivations and practices, stemming from a transnational and solidarian sensibility.

What is an INGO?

An International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) is a voluntary non-state, non-profit, non-religious, and non-military association that promotes ethical issues such as environment protection, fair trade, and human rights.  

Timeline of the Emergence of Global Civil Society 

Have you got any suggestions or add-ons for this timeline? Please, follow the link to our INGOs timeline template to contribute. We will be reviewing and adding your suggestions.

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The content available in this module was provided by participating students in courses at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.