NGOWatch initially operated between 2003 and 2007 and was relaunched in May 2009. Its stated goal is to monitor the activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their impact on public policy. It is a sibling website of Global Governance Watch, a collaborative project of the conservative think tanks the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
The resuscitated NGOWatch claims its "goal is to raise awareness about global governance, to monitor how international organizations influence domestic political outcomes, and to address issues of transparency and accountability within the United Nations, related intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and other non-state actors." It positions itself not as an ideological foe of NGOs—it was founded by two NGOs—but as a resource to monitor NGO advocacy and encourage non-governmental organizations to embrace the same standards of disclosure and accountability that they demand from governments and corporations. It states: "NGOs have positioned themselves as advocates of global governance and shapers of corporate and government policy. NGOWatch monitors these monitors to encourage transparency and accountability."
Under its new mandate, NGOWatch has a number of new sections, including: "In the News", which summarizes recent high-profile issues impacting NGOs and global governance issues, and often links directly to articles in major newspapers, magazines or other journalistic or academic sources; "Accountability and Transparency Trends," which provides a contextualized analysis of trends in the NGO community; and "NGO Campaign and Advocacy Alert, which looks at campaigns and boycotts promoted by NGOs, attempting to understand the ideological framing of the issues.
Jon Entine, a visiting scholar (since 2002) at the American Enterprise Institute, is the supervising editor of NGOWatch. He is an author and journalist, a columnist (since 2001) for the British-based international magazine Ethical Corporation  and a consultant focusing on strategic communications, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. David Peyton, a research assistant at AEI, is the program manager of NGOWatch.
Criticism of Former NGOWatch (defunct as of 2007)
Conferences Sponsored by NGOWatch/Global Governance Watch
- Science and Technology in the Balance? Food Security, Precaution, and the Pesticide Debate American Enterprise Institute, 2009-10-06.
- Corporate Responsibility in an Era of New Internationalism American Enterprise Institute, 2008-12-14.
- "About Global Governance Watch®". Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "NGOWatch". Public Eye Magazine. Retrieved 3 December 2013.