Avaaz is a civic group in the US that was started in January 2007. The main purpose of the organization is to support global activism through lobbying on matters such as corruption, climate change, animal rights, poverty, and conflict. The group’s name means voice. This group was co-founded by Res Publica. This is an organization of public sector professionals who lobby on issues relating to good governance and deliberative politics. Avaaz group receives support from other organizations such as Service Employees International Union.
Avaaz group is led by a competent team. Ricken Patel, a Canadian-British national, has studied politics, philosophy, and economics at Balliol College, Oxford University. In addition, Patel attended Harvard University where he received a Masters in Public Policy. Patel acquired his experience while working in International Crisis Group. This is an NGO that works around the world resolving global conflict. This experience has played a critical role on the management of Avaaz organization.
The Avaaz group was created on the principles of accountability and transparency. According to the Guardian, the group has declined donations from foundations and corporation. In addition, the group declined to accept a payment of $5000 from the government. The organization generates its funds from contributions done by the members. Currently, the group has risen over $20 million.
Avaaz is a large organization that is capable of carrying out global campaigns. The group has a team of campaigners who facilitate lobbying in more than 30 countries. The organization uses emails to communicate between its members. The common campaign tools used by the group are online public petitions, videos, and advertising. The organization has made remarkable campaigns, for example, it demanded an investigation on the swine flu cases from the World Health Organization. The ideology of the group is to unite all the practical idealists from all over the world.