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Public administration, democracy and human rights - Links

[Updated: October 30, 2011]

This page was established to provide you with easier access to links concerning public administration, democracy and human rights posted on this site. Please note that new items uploaded since the latest monthly newsletter will be posted on top of the list.

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Accountability Tools for Policy Research is an interactive, online database to help organisations conducting policy relevant research become more accountable. The database provides an inventory of over two hundred tools, standards and processes within a broad, overarching accountability framework. Each tool is supported by sources and further reading.

Africa Governance, Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP). AfriMAP aims to monitor and promote compliance by African states with the requirements of good governance, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF) is a non-governmental, non-partisan, not-for-profit international organization, which was established in 2002 as a research, data resource, reflection and policy debate institution devoted to the resolution of the most difficult governance and development issues confronting policy-makers and societies in Eastern and Horn of Africa.

Anti-Corruption Research Network is an online anti-corruption research exchange which features the latest corruption research from a wide range of sources. The site also includes information on research-related jobs, funding opportunities, events and courses.


Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). BICC seeks to assist in the prevention and conversion of violent conflict and is engaged in applied research, capacity building and policy advice on conflict and development related issues.


Capítulo Boliviano de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo (CBDHDD) . CBDHDD is a national network of Bolivian NGO's working on human rights and the promotion of democracy. The website gives access to a number of documents on human rights related issues in the region.

Choike. Choike is a portal dedicated to improving the visibility of the work done by NGOs and social movements from the South. It serves as a platform where citizen groups can disseminate their work and at the same time enrich it with information from diverse sources, which is presented from the perspective of Southern civil society.

Chr. Michelsen Institute (Research for Development and Justice). Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) is an independent centre for research on international development and policy. Its research areas include rights, democracy and development; peace, conflict and the state, poverty reduction and public sector reform.

Civil Society Watch is an online platform facilitates the monitoring and tracking of threats to civil society (such as harsh security measures and legal and policy restrictions) and the development of collaborative responses to these threats.

Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDDHH). CNDDHH is a network of civil society institutions working for the promotion and defense of and education on human rights in Peru.

Corruption on the Agenda. Website initiated and hosted by the Project Advice and Training Centre (PATC), in Denmark, showing results of a survey carried out among members - 250+ small and medium-sized Danish civil society organisations engaged in development cooperation through partnerships with organisations in Asia, Africa or Latin America.

Crisis States Research Center (CSRC). CSRC is a centre of interdisciplinary research into processes of war, state collapse and reconstruction in fragile states. By identifying the ways in which war and conflict affect the future possibilities for state building, distilling lessons learnt from past experiences of state reconstruction and analysing the impact of key international interventions, CSRC seeks to build academic knowledge, contribute to the development of theory, and inform current and future policy making.


Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) . DIHR is an independent, Danish human rights institution. Its chief objective is to promote and develop knowledge about human rights on a national, regional and international basis. A.o. DIHR is working with human rights in relation to business. 


Eldis Governance & Decentralization Forum. The forum provides ready access to good governance and decentralization literature to support the use of good governance and decentralization research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, decentralization decision-making, and research in developing countries.


Gender and Land Rights Database. The Gender and Land Rights Database under the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is a database containing country level information on gender disparities embedded in land rights in relation to customary law, conventions, legal mechanisms and other policies.

Global Consortium on Security Transformation (GCST). GCST is a dialogue network between eight partner institutions in different regions of the world, which seeks to encourage existing south-south and south-north security and development debates. GCST brings together clusters of researchers and practioners under different regional thematic work groups, organises events and offers research grants to young researchers from developing countries.

Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR). GFN-SSR aims at promoting a better understanding of security and justice sector reform through the provision of information, advice and expertise to practitioners, academics and policymakers. The work of GFN-SSR stresses network development and information sharing and the incorporation of local actors.

Global Programme on Capacity Development for Democratic Governance Assessments and Measurements. The programme seeks to assist developing countries in producing disaggregated and non-ranking governance indicators to enable national stakeholders to better monitor performance in democratic governance reforms.

Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GDSRC) provides online knowledge resources related to governance, conflict and social development. It aims to inform policy and practice within these fields and help reduce poverty.


Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal. The Country Risk Portal developed by the Danish Institute for Human Rights is the first freely available website to present comprehensive, structured and timely country risk information designed to guide and empower business, government and civil society actors seeking to address the human rights impact of business in developing countries around the world.


Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2008. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance is a comprehensive ranking of sub-Saharan African nations according to governance quality. The Ibrahim Index assesses national governance against 57 criteria. The criteria capture the quality of services provided to citizens by governments.

IDRC Davos 2010 Interactive Knowledge Platform provides an interactive portfolio of presentations, video recorded plenary sessions and video statements integrated in the IDRC Davos 2010 conference programme.

Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS). The ISS project's resource hub contains 60 case studies on public sector innovation, plus transcripts and audio files of 275 interviews with reform leaders. Focus areas include the civil service, policing, elections, city management and decentralisation, and addressing 'governance traps' that can sabotage turnarounds.

Institute for Development and Peace (INEF). INEF, based at the University of Duisburg-Essen, is a research institute engaged in basic and applied research as well as public policy consulting on questions related to development, conflict and peace.

Inter-American Comission on Human Rights (IACHR). IACHR is an autonomous organ under the Organisation of American States (OAS). IACHR publishes annual and special reports on the human rights situation in the Americas.

International Crisis Group. International Crisis Group is a non-governmental organisation which provides field-based analysis on conflicts around the world, policy prescriptions and advice to government and international organisations. The website features up-to-date information on conflicts and potential conflicts worldwide.

International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics). iKNOW Politics is an online workspace designed to serve the needs of elected officials, candidates, political party leaders and members, researchers, students and other practitioners interested in advancing women in politics.

International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF). The OECD-DAC launched the new International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) in December 2008, bringing together the Network on Conflict, Peace and Development Cooperation (CPDC) and the Fragile States Group (FSG) into one forum.


LTA Resource Centre. This online Resource Centre presents the latest research, toolkits and case studies on legitimacy, transparency and accountability from around the world.



One world Trust's Portal on Civil Society Self-Regulation. The One World Trust has launched a portal on civil society self-regulation which includes a database listing over 320 initiatives across 80 countries.

openDemocracy. openDemocracy is committed to human rights and democracy. The aim is to ensure that marginalised views and voices are heard. openDemocracy believes that facilitating argument and understanding across geographical boundaries is vital to preventing injustice. 



PG Exchange is a global online platform for knowledge development, sharing and learning on participatory governance (PG).This site provides information on a wide range of participatory governance practices and tools – all aimed at achieving more transparent, responsive, accountable and effective governance, at both the local and national level, through active citizen participation.

Platform for Stability, Democracy & Rigths. This Platform brings together Danish researchers and partner universities in Africa and Asia in a long-term partnership with the aim to strengthen university capacity in research, education and dissemination. This is one of four platforms under the Building Stronger Universities (BSU) initiative launched by Universities Denmark.

The Policy Practice undertakes policy work in developing countries, and advises and trains governments, development agencies, civil society organisations and companies. Their multi- disciplinary approach uses 'The New Political Economy Perspective' to understand the processes of socio-economic change and their effect on the implementation of development programmes.

Portal for Human Rights Schools. This web portal aims to provide viewpoints on the theoretical underpinnings of the human rights-based approach (HRBA), to present a range of HRBA practices that are emerging in schools worldwide, and to encourage best practices in the documentation and evaluation of HRBAs in education.

PSGR.org. This website provides information and outputs from the Multi-stakeholder Evaluation of Public Sector Reforms from 2001-2010 undertaken for the OECD/DAC.


Stabilisation and Conflict Lessons is a resource hub launched by the UK government's Stabilisation Unit. This includes one-page summaries of carefully selected documents covering over 45 thematic and geographic categories. Each category contains key lessons, analyses, toolkits and case studies.


Technology for Transparency. Technology for Transparency is a participatory research project on the current state of online technology initiatives designed to increase transparency, government accountability, and civic engagement. Users are encouraged to submit case studies to add to the growing collection of material from Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Transparency International. Transparency International is a global network aiming at fighting corruption through research and analysis, bringing together players from government, civil society, business and the media to promote transparency in elections, public administration, in procurement and business.  


U4 Anticorruption Resource Centre. The U4 Anticorruption Resource Center, operated by the Chr. Michelsen Institute, seeks to assist donor practitioners in more effectively addressing corruption challenges through their development support. The online resource centre guides users to relevant anti-corruption resources, including their own applied research.   

United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). The HCR is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The website gives access to information on international law, human rights bodies and UN meetings, events and reports etc. related to human rights issues.


Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls. This Global Knowledge Centre is an online resource in English, French and Spanish, designed to serve the needs of policymakers and practitioners dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls. The Centre is an initiative of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). 


WomenWarPeace. WomenWarPeace is an online portal hosted by UNIFEM which provides access to information and analysis on the impact of armed conflict on women and women's role in peace-building. The website contains a database, issue briefs and information on Security Council resolutions.


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