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This is a list / directory of selected NGOs (Non-governmental Organizations) dealing with global security issues, including those related to the provision of private security or military services. To give you a better idea of what each organization focuses on, whenever possible we have added to each listing at least one item related to global or private security. However, please visit the page of each listed NGO, as they cover many more issues related to the privatization of security than the ones highlighted.
NGOs: J - Z
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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF: Doctors Without Borders)
Amid the Parisian upheavals of May 1968, a group of young doctors decided to go and help victims of wars and major disasters. This new brand of humanitarianism would reinvent the concept of emergency aid. They were to become Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), known internationally in English as Doctors Without Borders. MSF delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health care due to social or geographical isolation.
» Field News: Essential reading for those focusing on the convergence of health issues and security.


MiningWatch Canada (MinesAlerte)
Founded in April, 1999, is a pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organisations from across the country. It addresses the urgent need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world.
» Key Issues-Corporate Accountability: MiningWatch is part of the "Open for Justice" campaign to allow those who've been harmed by the international activities of Canadian mining companies to come to seek justice in Canada.


One Earth Future Foundation (OEF)
OEF is an organization which leads initiatives aimed at improving systems and services that prevent and stop armed conflict. Our current areas of focus include: Enhancing maritime cooperation: Creating sustainable jobs in fragile economies; Raising awareness about the role of the private sector in atrocity prevention; and Actively contributing to thought leadership in global issues. OEF’s approach is flexible, imaginative, and yet carefully grounded in intellectual and practical analysis that informs policy-oriented applications.
» The Economic Cost of Somali Piracy 2012 (ECoP 2012). This year's assessment considered nine separate cost categories and found that maritime piracy cost the global economy between $5.7 and $6.1 billion in 2012. This figure reflects a drop in the cost of piracy to the global community of around $850 million, or 12.6% from 2011: PDF


Refugees International (RI)
RI advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. We are an independent organization, and do not accept any government or UN funding.
» Protection & Security: Mutual understanding and coordination between military and civilian protection actors is needed to ensure adherence to international humanitarian law, and to prioritize civilian protection and security during periods of armed conflict.


Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. They work with local people affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security, and conduct wider research and analysis. They use this evidence and learning to improve local, national and international policies and practices that can help build lasting peace.
» Improving community security: Saferworld’s approach to community security is about putting people in the lead and helping them to improve their experiences of safety and security. It is an approach to programming and policy, but also a philosophy about what security is, who it is for and how it is delivered. .


Southeast Europe Online (SEE)
The Balkans cannot be reconstructed on the basis of nation states alone. The only way to peace, stability and democracy in the region is to create an open society through strengthening the capacity of NGOs in Southeast Europe. Thus, Southeast Europe Online is designed as a Balkan portal site focusing on creating a virtual network of NGOs in Southeast Europe. The project covers seven countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FR Yugoslavia, Macedonia and Romania'.
» Donor Community. This is a searchable database of donor organizations and countries.


South Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC)
SEESAC was launched on May 8, 2002 in Belgrade, and is a component of the Regional Implementation Plan on Combating the Proliferations of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) formulated and adopted by the Stability Pact in November 2001, with the aims of stopping the flow and availability of SALW in the region, consolidating achievements so far and supporting the socio-economic conditions for peace and development in South East Europe.
» Gender in Security Sector Reform: Supporting Advancement of Gender Equality in Security Sector Reform Through Regional Cooperation.
» SALW and Private Security Companies in South Eastern Europe: A Cause or Effect of Insecurity? SEESAC/ Saferworld / International Alert, 2005: PDF
» The Sarajevo Code of Conduct for Private Security Companies. Belgrade, Serbia, 2006: PDF
Documents on the regulation of PSCs/PMCs are available at our REGULATION pages, and research reports at our ACADEMIC pages


War on Want
War on Want fights poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalisation. We campaign for human rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice..
» Stop the business of war: War is one of the chief causes of poverty. It can completely undermine a country’s development prospects, destroying schools and hospitals and put agricultural land out of use for years to come.
Further examples of NGO activism can be found at the CAMPAIGNS pages


- Publications: Reports produced by NGOs documenting the activities of Private Military and Private Security Companies are available in the ACADEMIC & RESEARCH PAPERS pages.
- Links: Appeals and Campaigns promoted by various NGOs are listed at the CHARITY, DONATIONS & CAMPAIGN pages. CHARITY, DONATIONS & CAMPAIGNS pages.
- News: NEWS section covers the opinion expressed by various NGOs on on the privatization of security and the regulation of PMCs / PSCs.
- Contribute: Feel free to CONTRIBUTEwith information, links or publications linked to NGOs.



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