The Borgen Project has received lots of praise for an innovative approach that has taken the global poverty fight to the political level, but there are numerous aid organizations doing great work. The United Nations offers consultative status to 3,900 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with roughly one-third of these located within the United States. While most NGOs offer humanitarian aid, some focus on issues regarding hunger while others on human trafficking. With so many different groups and issues to choose from, how does one decide which of the top humanitarian aid organizations to support?
Top Humanitarian Aid Organizations
1. World Food Programme (WFP)
This organization is part of the U.N. system and is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, the WFP reaches 90 million people with food assistance in 80 countries. In 2012, the WFP provided 53 percent of global food aid and distributed 3.5 million tons of food.
2. Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE)
CARE is an organization dedicated to fighting global poverty. The organization leads community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, and protect natural resources. CARE also provides emergency aid for war and natural disasters. They have supported close to 1000 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects.
3. Oxfam International
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 90 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and related injustice around the world. They focus on issues of active citizenship, agriculture, education, gender justice, health, peace and security and youth outreach. Through advocacy, campaigning, policy research and development projects, Oxfam continues to change the lives of many.
4. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people in 189 National Societies. Their vast volunteering network of 13 million allows them to tackle issues in four main areas: disaster response, disaster preparedness, health and community care and promote humanitarian values of social inclusion and peace.
5. Action Against Hunger (AAH)
AAH is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. In 2012, AAH provided 550,000 small farmers with tools, treated 42,000 malnourished children in the Democratic Republic of Congo and helped 170,000 people gain access to clean water in Kenya.
Any of these humanitarian organizations offer chances to donate, volunteer, and advocate for their respective causes. For more information regarding humanitarian aid and charity organizations, visit charitynavigator.org.