NGO Case Study / The geographical criteria
Knowing the diversity of humanitarian cultures, the classification of NGOs follows head offices’ countries in order to get elements of comparison. In donor countries, only international NGOs are looked at, thus excluding NGOs whose actions are only “intern”. Yet in war-torn countries, NGOs with a purely “national” purpose are to be considered.
NGOs are listed in alphabetical order according to the country where their original head office is, notwithstanding the branches abroad and, sometimes, the establishment of an international head office in another country. That is why Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans frontières) is listed in France, despite the existence of an international office in Brussels.