• Welcome to the Transnational NGO Initiative

    The globalization of markets and ideas has created cross-national challenges and opportunities unimaginable a few decades ago. An increasingly integrated global economy, cross-border violence, transboundary environmental crises, and other challenges strain the capacity of the traditional inter-governmental system that has dominated international politics for over two centuries. Transnational non-governmental organizations (TNGOs) and their networks have emerged as key players in shaping emerging answers those global challenges.The Transnational NGO Initiative focuses on the governance, leadership, and effectiveness of transnationally operated NGOs and advances our understanding of TNGOs as significant players in global affairs through research, education, and practitioner engagement. 

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    The Transnational NGO Initiative is a part of InterAction's Self-Certification Plus, a mechanism for a rigorous self-assessment and validation of compliance with InterAction’s Private Voluntary Organization standards.

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    Internal democracy within transnationally operating non-governmental organisations: are we as democratic as we think?

    CIVICUS's well known annual report State of Civil Society is this year devoted to 'Re-imagining Democracy'. Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, director of the Transnational NGO Initiative, was invited to write a guest essay for the report. She decided to devote it to organizational culture-based impediments to internal democracy, based on her observations.

    Disinformation Toolkit

    The purpose of the Disinformation Toolkit is to raise awareness of the emerging threat of online disinformation, highlight its ability to negatively impact the work of INGOs at home and abroad, and to provide guidance to INGOS and civil society actors to identify their risks; develop organizational risk mitigation plans; and to build resilience to disinformation campaigns throughout the Inter Action community.


    Is that environmental group a pawn of Beijing? Nonprofits wary of being branded 'foreign agents'

    The article talks about the impact of the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) on intergovernmental organizations and NGOs that operate globally. This statute has the potential to to be weaponized by politicians to go after their opponents. What are the implications of NGOs being forced to register as foreign agents under the FARA act and how could it deprive various institutions from developing international relationships that are important for their sustainability?