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45 Organizations That Battle Poverty

This list of 45 NGOs organizations that battle poverty has been compiled to offer an insight into the efforts made by these organizations with a key focus on poverty. They dedicate all their energy and efforts into making the world a better place. Field workers and NGO headquarters work in collaboration and will all fight against poverty on a daily basis.

To quote one of the greater humanitarians of our times, Nelson Mandela: “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made, and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”

The importance of NGOs organizations that battle poverty

Inability to meet the basic primary needs of life such as such as drinkable water, housing and education due to lack of monetary resources coupled with challenges of hunger and shortage of proper clothing pose a significant threat to scores of the world’s population. This is one of the major reasons why every minute of attention on this subject is paramount. Between 1990 and 2015, according to the World Bank, the percentage of the world’s population living in extreme poverty fell from 37.1% to 9.6%. This was the first time it attained levels below 10%. It was quite a considerable decline. But, we’re not done yet. Extreme poverty still is a major global challenge that many NGOs strive to put at bay on a daily basis.

The list below is not exhaustive. But it, to a large extent, underlines the how much help is needed all over the globe. Fortunately, poverty eradication is a significant issue and a major goal for many international organizations. We are putting a great emphasis on the fact that this list is incomplete. Please note that we recognize the importance of the work done by any other NGO that is not mentioned herein. Should you have in mind a global organization that should be added to this list, please let us know via Twitter.

  1. Save the Children
    Save the Children tirelessly and continually invests in childhood in times of crisis. This urge is derived from the fact that children are the future. In the United States and around the world, they give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children's lives now, they change the course of their future and ours too.
  2. Overseas Development Institute
    Their mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. They're doing this by locking together high-quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.
  3. Concern Worldwide
    Concern Worldwide works with the world's poorest people to transform their lives. It’s an international humanitarian organization dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s most vulnerable countries. By working in partnership with the people in these countries, they’re directly enabling them to improve their lives, as well as using their knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that will significantly reduce extreme poverty.
  4. ONE
    ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than seven million people around the world. It is taking actions to end the extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. They believe the fight against poverty isn't about charity; it is more about justice and equality.
  5. Trickle Up
    Trickle Up has been a pioneer graduating people out of extreme poverty since 1979. By helping more than one million of the poorest, most vulnerable people move to greater economic self-sufficiency and connection with their communities.
  6. Oxfam
    Oxfam is an international confederation of 18 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries. Oxfam is determined to change our world by finding practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.
  7. CARE
    CARE is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. They are known everywhere for their unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people. CARE works around the globe to save lives, eradicate poverty and achieve social justice.
  8. The Hunger Project
    Their vision is to build a world where every woman, man, and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity. Their goal is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.
  9. Feeding America
    Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage the country in the fight against hunger.
  10. Jubilee USA
    Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 550 faith communities, and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee is building an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable.
  11. Mercy Corps
    Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In a disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, they partner to put bold solutions into action. They aim to help people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within presently and for the future.
  12. International Rescue Committee
    The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The organization helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
  13. Food for the Hungry International
    Food for the Hungry seeks to end all forms of human poverty by going into the hard places and closely walking with the world’s most vulnerable people. They actively partner with churches, leaders, and families to build transformational relationships, usher justice, and renew communities so that God’s purpose is revealed in each person they serve.
  14. World Vision International
    World Vision is a global faith-based relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. They serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
  15. Bread for the World
    Bread for the World members send letters and emails, make phone calls, and visit their members of Congress about legislation that addresses hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
  16. World Bank
    The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. They are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.
  17. The Earth Institute
    The Earth Institute brings together the people and tools needed to address some of the world's most challenging problems, including poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources.
  18. UN Foundation
    The United Nations Foundation links the work of the UN with others around the world. It mobilizes the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues such as global health, women's empowerment, and poverty eradication.
  19. Life in Abundance
    Life in Abundance takes an integrated approach to mobilizing the local Church to restore health, renew hope and inspire lasting transformation for the world's most vulnerable families.
  20. The Borgen Project
    The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. They’re the innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.
  21. Help Age International
    By working with their partners, they ensure that each and every person understands how much older people contribute to society. The old remain some of the poorest and most neglected people in the world. They are committed to helping them claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty.
  22. Plan International
    Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. By so doing, it hopes to lift children around the world out of poverty and promote child rights. They strive for a just world by working together with the kids, young people, our supporters, and partners.
  23. Progressio
    Progressio is an international development charity supporting the poor and the marginalised, especially women, to empower themselves.
  24. War on Want
    War on Want works to achieve the vision of a just world through their mission to fight against the root causes of poverty and human rights violation. They advocate for this as part of the worldwide movement for global justice. They concentrate on the key areas where they can add the most value and have the most impact for change.
  25. Innovations for Poverty Action
    Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit organization that discovers and promotes practical solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the poor.
  26. Projects Abroad
    One of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. Founded in 1992, they send 10,000 people abroad each year on a variety of service projects and internships overseas.
  27. Dignitas International
    They believe that good health care is powered by people and by science and are dedicated to improving health care, both locally and globally.
  28. Action Against Hunger
    Continuously saving lives while building long-term strategies for self-sufficiency. Their global efforts save hundreds of thousands of lives each year, but millions of malnourished children remain in need of lifesaving treatment.
  29. Habitat for Humanity
    Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, Christian organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action worldwide.
  30. Health Systems Global
    HSG is the first international membership organization fully dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge translation.
  31. Amref
    They are committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems.
  32. EMAS Canada
    They seek to build up and nurture locally-initiated programs by providing healthcare services, equipment, supplies and continuing education.
  33. Habitat for Humanity - Global Village
    Global Village is a gateway to serving with Habitat for Humanity in more than 40 countries abroad as well as in the United States. You can join a trip and take your next step to making the world a better place.
    With nearly 50 years as an international economic development organization, they’ve seen how private sector development and strengthening governing structures drive both economic and social change at local, national and international levels.
  35. Cuso International
    A development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors.
  36. The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH)
    They bring the Canadian global health community together to better achieve a shared goal of improving health worldwide.
  37. Medical Teams International
    They provide medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race.
  38. Humanitarian Coalition
    The Humanitarian Coalition strives to maximize Canadian fundraising efforts in support of members’ assistance programs for the survivors of international humanitarian disasters. By working together, the members seek to increase the awareness of needs, reduce the duplication of costs and take the guesswork out of giving for Canadians.
  39. Fig Tree Foundation
    In 2006, the Fig Tree Foundation obtained its status as a charitable foundation and has since then, thanks to countless hours of volunteer support, built an organization that has been focused on improving the quality of international development initiatives that come out of the Calgary community while supporting a network of organizations that deliver them.
  40. Energy for All
    An Alberta based non-profit dedicated to alleviating poverty by increasing people’s access to clean water, renewable energy and improved wastewater infrastructure.
  41. Stephen Lewis Foundation
    The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) works with community-level organizations which are turning the tide of HIV & AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV & AIDS.
  42. Red Cross
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
  43. The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)
    Alongside its sister AKDN agencies, they have implemented innovative, community-driven solutions to development challenges for more than 45 years.
  44. MasterCard Foundation
    All people, no matter their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. They believe that with access to education and skills training, people can have that chance.
  45. Engineers Without Borders
    A non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life.

We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. There are countless projects that NGOs are selflessly involved in, and we hope with all our hearts that each and everyone succeeds. Please follow our blog for more stories and travel information. Do you have in mind another NGO that battles poverty you feel we should add to the list? Feel free to contact us via Twitter.