International Organizations


Welcome to the course material on International Organizations. International organizations play a crucial role in the global arena, fostering cooperation, addressing shared challenges, and promoting peace and stability among nations. In this course, we will delve into the operations, roles, challenges, and prospects of some key international organizations that significantly impact world affairs.

One of the organizations we will focus on is the African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA). The APPA is an intergovernmental organization established by oil-producing countries in Africa to promote cooperation, coordination, and knowledge sharing in the petroleum industry. Its objectives include enhancing efficiency in petroleum production, conducting research, and promoting sustainable development within the sector.

As we explore the origin and structure of the APPA, we will also analyze its functions and achievements in advancing the interests of member states. Additionally, we will critically examine the challenges that the organization faces, such as geopolitical tensions, economic uncertainties, and technological disruptions, and discuss potential strategies to overcome these obstacles.

Furthermore, our study will encompass other prominent international organizations like the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the African Union (AU), the Commonwealth, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the United Nations Organization (UNO), and the African Petroleum Producers Association.

We will evaluate the operations of these organizations, assess their roles in shaping global policies and addressing transnational issues, and appreciate the complexities they encounter in fulfilling their mandates. By critically examining these international bodies, we aim to develop a profound understanding of their significance in the contemporary world and explore ways to enhance their effectiveness in advancing international cooperation and sustainable development.


  1. Evaluate the Operations of These International Organizations
  2. Appreciate the Challenges of These Organizations and How They Can Be Overcome
  3. Assess the Role of These Organizations in World Affairs

Lesson Note

International organizations are institutions that oversee cooperation and collaboration between different nations. These organizations play a crucial role in fostering global peace, security, and development. They provide a platform where countries can discuss issues of mutual interest, resolve conflicts, and work together to tackle global problems such as climate change, poverty, and health pandemics. Some of the most prominent international organizations include the United Nations (UN), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Lesson Evaluation

Congratulations on completing the lesson on International Organizations. Now that youve explored the key concepts and ideas, its time to put your knowledge to the test. This section offers a variety of practice questions designed to reinforce your understanding and help you gauge your grasp of the material.

You will encounter a mix of question types, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and essay questions. Each question is thoughtfully crafted to assess different aspects of your knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Use this evaluation section as an opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the topic and to identify any areas where you may need additional study. Don't be discouraged by any challenges you encounter; instead, view them as opportunities for growth and improvement.

  1. What a great exercise! Here are your multiple choice questions for the topic "International Organizations": Question: Which of the following organizations is focused specifically on African petroleum producers? A. ECOWAS B. OPEC C. Commonwealth D. UNO Answer: B. OPEC
  2. Question: Which organization was established to promote economic integration in West Africa? A. OPEC B. AU C. ECOWAS D. Commonwealth Answer: C. ECOWAS
  3. Question: Which international organization was formed to enhance cooperation among African countries in various areas? A. OPEC B. AU C. UNO D. Commonwealth Answer: B. AU
  4. Question: Which organization brings together countries that were formerly part of the British Empire? A. ECOWAS B. OAU C. Commonwealth D. UNO Answer: C. Commonwealth
  5. Question: Which of the following organizations was not primarily formed for economic cooperation? A. OPEC B. Commonwealth C. UNO D. AU Answer: C. UNO
  6. Question: Which organization aims to ensure stable oil markets and secure an efficient, economic, and regular supply of petroleum to consumers? A. Commonwealth B. UNO C. OPEC D. ECOWAS Answer: C. OPEC
  7. Question: Which organization's main objective is to foster political and economic cooperation among its member states? A. UNO B. AU C. ECOWAS D. OAU Answer: C. ECOWAS
  8. Question: Which organization succeeded the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 2002? A. OPEC B. AU C. Commonwealth D. ECOWAS Answer: B. AU
  9. Question: Which international organization is often referred to as the "family of nations"? A. Commonwealth B. AU C. OPEC D. ECOWAS Answer: A. Commonwealth
  10. Question: Which organization's members are predominantly oil-producing countries with the goal of coordinating and unifying petroleum policies? A. OPEC B. ECOWAS C. AU D. UNO Answer: A. OPEC

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Past Questions

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Highlight five compelling reasons for which Nigeria interact with international organisations.

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Who amongst the following did not serve as secretary general of the League of nations?

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The precursor of the Commonwealth of Nations was

Practice a number of International Organizations past questions