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POLS 4341 - African Politics

International and Intergovernmental Organizations

There are numerous organizations around the world that address cooperation of nations in a specific region or that have similiar commerical or political interests. Some of the most common groups are described and linked below. A much larger list can be viewed through the CIA World Factbook Appendix B. Unfortunately, it does not provide live links to those agencies' websites. It will be necessary to search them on the Internet.

African Union

The African Union  was created with a goal of accelerating the process of integration in the continent, to enable it to play its rightful role in the global economy, while addressing multifaceted social, economic and political problems compounded as they are by certain negative aspects of globalisation.

African Development Bank Group

The African Development Bank Group was established in 1964 to contribute to the economic development and social progress of its regional members. Membership includes both regional and non-regional nations.

United Nations (UN)

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards, and human rights.

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) is an award-winning humanitarian news and analysis service covering the parts of the world often under-reported, misunderstood or ignored and offers a page specifically for Africa.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement that campaigns to end grave abuses of human rights. Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. 

International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries. Its role is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place. INTERPOL's high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.