Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as International Political Actors


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Which of the following is the best explanation of a nongovernmental organization?

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1. NGOs can generally be divided into what two categories?

2. Which of the following is an NGO that focuses its efforts on advocacy for human rights?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test yourself on the roles of nongovernmental organizations in local, national and world politics. Using this printable worksheet and quiz, you will improve your understanding of the differences between the two main categories of NGOs. You will also be tested on the purposes of some influential NGOs.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will assess your knowledge of the following:

  • The definition of a nongovernmental organization (NGO), according to the United Nations
  • Two general types of NGOs and their purposes
  • Several important international NGOs

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about organizations like Greenpeace in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the differences between the two main types of NGOs
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding global issues and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as International Political Actors, will prepare you to:

  • Differentiate between the two types of NGOs
  • Explain the goals of an NGO like the International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Name some issues that an NGO like Amnesty International would care about promoting