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General news - Links

[Updated: May 2, 2012]

This is a new page of the DDRN website established to provide you with easier access to links concerning general development issues 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. AccountAbility works to develop new thinking, tools and connections that  enable individuals, institutions and  alliances to respond better to global challenges. Members of the organisation include leading companies, civil society organisations, service providers, research bodies and individual practictioners internationally.

Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness. This platform seeks to enhance Africa's development perspectives through strategies and policies focusing on capacity development, aid effectiveness and south-south cooperation.

Africa Portal. This portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa, launched by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Makerere University (MAK), and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). It offers open access to a suite of features including an online library collection; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an international events calendar; and a mobile technology component.

African Regional Coverage (ARC). The ARC is a section under the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services Division. ARC communicates the policy outcomes of African regional meetings on environment and related sustainable development issues to the larger international community. 

African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS). ATPS is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers, policy makers and other end-users interested in generating, promoting and strengthening innovative technology and industrial policies in Africa.

Agencia Latinoamericana de Información - Latin American Information Agency (ALAI). ALAI is a communications organization, committed to the full respect of human rights, gender equality and people's participation in development and policy making in Latin America. ALAI's Mission is to develop and implement responses to the various challenges presented by communication, as a strategic area for social action.

AGFUND. The Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) is a regional organization based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, founded in 1980. AGFUND works mainly in the field of development and growth at the international level through an effective partnership with the United Nations Organization, with regional and national development organizations, with public institutions, with the private sector, as well as with organizations of the civil society.

Aid Data
. Aid Data is the result of the merger of Project-Level Aid (PLAID) and the Development Gateway's AiDa project. It is a new development finance database with information on more than 850,000 development activities financed by app. 70 countries and multilateral institutions between 1946 and 2009.

Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). AFED is a regional organisation working to promote environmental policies and programmes in the Arab region, linking experts and civil society, the business communtiy and the media. Programmes include corporate environmental responsability, environmental awareness and communication.

Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN). ALIN is a network of grassroots community development workers in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia, who work to facilitate information exchange on livelihhods issues in East Africa's drylands. As part of their work ALIN has set up community knowledge centres with ICT tools to document local knowledge and exchange information.

Asia Nettverket [in Norwegian]. Nettverk for Asia-studier er et norsk forskernettverk som har til oppgave å fremme studier og forskning og spre kunnskap om regionens moderne historie, samfunn, kultur, økonomi og miljø.

Africa Network Norway. The network aims to facilitate and enhance communication and cooperation between different research and teaching institutions. It also provides information and encourages dialogue with a wider public, including governmental and non-governmental organisations with an interest in Africa, the business community, and the media.

Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). AWID is an international, multi-generational, feminist, reative, future-orientated membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights. A dynamic network of women and men around the world, AWID members are researchers, academics, students, educators, activists, business people, policy-makers, development practitioners, funders, and more.

Association of Danish Migration Research (ADMIRE). [in Danish] ADMIRE is an association of Danish migration researchers founded in September 2009.

Association of European Parlamentarians with Africa (AWEPA). AWEPA works in partnership with African parliaments to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Africa, keep Africa high on the political agenda in Europe and facilitate African-European parliamentary dialogue.


Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). BCAS is an independent policy, research and implementation institute based in Bangladesh, working on issues related to sustainable development. Its core research areas include environment-development integration, good governance and people's participation, poverty allevation, economic growth and public-private partnerships.

BRIDGE development-gender. Siyanda and BRIDGE, two gender and development knowledge services from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), have merged to provide one central point for gender and development information. The new website includes BRIDGE bibliographies and cutting edge packs, a global resources database, a gender experts' marketplace, and information on jobs, funding, events and training.

British Library for Development Studies (BLDS) - Resources for Developing Countries. BLDS is one of the knowledge services provided by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS). The library has Europe's largest research collection on economic and social change in developing countries, and offers a series of free services for users from developing countries. 

Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI). The Brooks World Poverty Institute based at Manchester University is a cross-disciplinary research centre with focus on issues of poverty and inequality, which seeks to build and support knowledge-creating partnerships and shape policy. The website gives access to the institute's working papers and briefs.


Capacity Development. The World Bank, Capacity Building International (InWent) and the International Training Centre (ITC) recently launched the capacity development network to improve the practice and results of capacity development learning programmes.

CEDAW South Asia Information Hub. This interactive website supports the regional implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Launched by Partners for Law in Development and UN Women, the site currently provides the CEDAW text in Dari, Nepali, Pashto, Urdu, Hindi, Malayalam and Oriya. It also provides country-specific information on CEDAW ratification and reporting status, and details of training events. More material will be added to the site in the near future.

Center for Global Development (CGD). Center for Global Development is a policy research organisation dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality. Research areas include aid effectiveness, globalisation, trade, education, migration and health.

Centro Internacional de Política Económica para el Desarrollo Sostenible (CINPE). CINPE is a research and teaching institute under the National University of Costa Rica. Research areas touch upon energy, environment and agriculture, trade and policies and institutions. The overall mission of CINPE is to address needs related to economic policy and sustainable development.

Child Migration Research Network (CMRN). The netowork has been established to help assess the impact of migration on children and youth. The aim of the CMRN is to bring together researchers who look at how migration affects children and to highlight research work, especially that in grey literature or other hard to reach sources, that focuses on this area.

Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural (RIMISP). RIMISP is a Chilean organisation with projects throughout Latin America dedicated to enhancing rural development. RIMISP seeks to support processes of institutional change, production innovation and the strengthening of social actors.

Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC). The CPRC is an international partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs which exists to focus attention on chronic poverty. It aims to stimulate national and international debate; deepen understanding of the causes of chronic poverty; and provide research, analysis and policy guidance that will contribute to its reduction.

Commitment to Development Index. This website allows you to explore the annual Commitment to Development Index (CDI).

Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP). The network is for poverty researchers and others concerned with critical research for preventing and eradicating poverty. For researchers involved, CROPnet is a possibility to exchange views and ideas, make publications and competence visible, participate in activities aimed at policy transfer; stay informed about relevant events, news and publications, and find potential partners for collaboration.

Concord Danmark is an umbrella organization working to fight poverty at EU level. It is the Danish platform of Concord Europe, which represents 1600 development and aid organizations in Europe.

Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia). As a network of research institutes and think tanks in Asia, NTS-Asia aims to do the following: 1) Develop further the process of networking among scholars and analysts working on NTS issues in the region; 2) Build long-term and sustainable regional capacity for research on NTS issues; and 3) Mainstream and advance the field of non-traditional security studies in Asia.

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa is headquartered in Dakar Senegal. It was established in 1973 as an independent Pan-African research organisation with a primary focus on the social sciences, broadly defined.

CSO Net. CSO Net is a new civil society network designed to facilitate interaction among civil society groups, UN member states and UN agencies. The network aims to share and promote best practices, establish innovative and collaborative development solutions, facilitate partnerships among users, and promote interactive discussions on issues of relevance to the UN’s agenda.


DAC Network on Development Evaluation. The Network on Development Evaluation is a subsidiary body of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Its purpose is to increase the effectiveness of international development programmes by supporting robust, informed and independent evaluation. The Network is a unique body, bringing together evaluation managers and specialists from OECD development cooperation agencies and multilateral development institutions.

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). DIIS is an independent research institution engaged in research in international affairs. DIIS contributes to the education of researchers, supports the development of research capacity in developing countries and establishes contacts between Danish and international research environments.

Denmark and Africa - on the same page. This page will communicate information, events and projects relating to Denmark-Africa relations. The page will bring stories in both Danish and English, but updates will mainly be in Danish.

Department for International Development (DFID). DFID is a UK government department managing aid and conducting policy and research work in order to promote sustainable development and eradicate poverty.

Development at LIFE. Portal of the Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen. Activities regarding developing countries have a very high priority at LIFE. Activities include both education, research, consultancy and capacity building. This portal provides you information about the different activities.

Development in Practice. This group offers free access to the full text of articles from the journal Development in Practice.

Development Progress Stories. The Development Progress Stories website provides national and global stories of progress. Each country case study will focus on one of eight major areas of development, from economic growth to water and sanitation.

Development Research Centre (DRC) on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty. The Migration DRC examines migration flows in which poor people themselves are most represented and how migration impacts variously on their livelihoods, rights and levels of social protection. The Migration DRC publishes a number of working papers and briefings, which are available to download on the site.

Development Studies Association (DSA). DSA works to connect and promote the development research community in UK and Ireland. The Association improves links and information exchange between DSA members, represents members in important consultations and brings their work to a wide audience of prospective students, partners and donors.

Development Research and Training (DRT). DRT is an Ugandan Non-Profit organisation involved in policy research and Analysis in East Africa. DRT promotes institutional capacity building, micro and macro analysis and policy engagement.

Digital Development Debates is an online magazine published by Inwent - Capacity Building International and each issue focuses on a prevailing topic from the development policy sector.

Directory of Development Organizations. This website hosts an online directory of the different development organisations divided by region and country.

DIIS Migration Seminars. In connection with the migration seminar spring series organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), "Revisiting the Migration-Development Nexus: visions, challenges and prospects", a new website is now online. The website presents an overview of the seminars, links to migration research resources, PowerPoint presentations and papers from previous events as well as suggested literature on seminar topics.

Due South. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) blog that examines sustainable development through the overlapping lenses of the environment, economy and social justice.



EASY-ECO. EASY-ECO (Evaluation of Sustainability: European Conferences and Training Courses) is a training and conference programme on evaluations in the specific context of sustainable development. EASY-ECO unites twelve European top-class research institutions with the common aim of building sustainability evaluation capacity through the training of young researchers and through facilitating the sharing of experience of academics, junior researchers, policy-makers and evaluation practitioners at the EASY-ECO Conferences.

Eldis Community. The Eldis Community is a free on-line community where you can meet others involved in international development, discuss issues that are important to you and share useful resources.

Eldis Community Gender Group. Eldis Community forum for discussion of gender related issues and sharing of information and resources on gender.

Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE). This website gives open access to articles on the environment and society-environment interaction written by scholars, professionals and other experts.

Environmental Mainstreaming - A User Guide to Tools and Tactics. Website launched by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) launches website on Environmental Mainstreaming as part of a project to develop a User Guide to approaches, tools and tactics for integrating/mainstreaming environment in development decision-making.

ESRC Research Group on Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD). This research group at the University of Bath is dedicated to the study of poverty, inequality and the quality of life in developing countries. Please read more on the WeD website.

Europe's Forum on International Cooperation (EUFORIC). Euforic is a not for profit cooperative, owned and guided by its members. These members are a richly diverse mix of NGOs, research institutes, educational institutions, networks, governments, and other interested groups. Euforic aims to be an open and highly valued information and communication resource for people and institutions engaged in international cooperation and development.

European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI). EADI is a leading professional network for development and regional studies in Europe, whose membership includes a wide range of development research and training organisations, think tanks, national bodies and researchers throughout Europe.

European Commission EuropeAid new website. EuropeAid is the Directorate-General of the European Commission that is responsible for implementing external aid programmes and projects across the world.

European Commission's Delegation in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Panamá. This website hosts information on European-Central Amercian relations.

European Development Co-operation to 2020 (EDC2020). European Development Co-operation to 2020 aims at improving EU policy makers' and other societal actors' shared understanding of emerging challenges facing EU development policy and external action. 

The three-year project was launched on June 2, 2008, and is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union and organised around three major topics:
- New actors in international co-operation
- Energy security, democracy and political development
- European development policy and climate change

European Development Research Network (EUDN). EUDN links members of different development research institutions, particularly in the field of development economics, from Europe with the rest of the world. One of the objectives of the network is to create exchange of ideas between academics and researchers working on development issues, on the one hand, and policy makers, on the other hand with a view to increasing the impact of the research community on policy making and development cooperation in Europe.

European Journal of Development Research. The European Journal of Development Research is a multi-disciplinary journal that seeks to broaden our understanding of the processes that advance or impede human development, whether from a political, economic, sociological or anthropological perspective.

European Network on Debt & Development (EURODAD). A network of European development NGOs working to change economic policies and ensure that poorer people have their say in decisions that affect their lives.

European Report on Development (ERD) is the main outcome of the Mobilizing European Research for Development Policies, an initiative that aims to help the European Union refine its vision of development and enrich its policies on the basis of knowledge, innovation, and the building of common ground between the European research community, policymakers, and a broad public. 

European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE). ESEE is the European branch of the International Society of Ecological Economics (ISEE). ESEE is dedicated to advancing understanding of the relationships among ecological, social and economic systems for the mutual well-being of nature and people. 

European - South African Science and Technology Advancement Programme. ESASTAP is a dedicated platform for the advancement of European - South African scientific and technological (S&T) cooperation.

Evidence-Based Policy in Development Network (EBPDN). EBPDN is a key outcome of ODI's Civil Society Partnership Programme (CSPP). The network's website is designed as a community website which provides: knowledge on bridging research and policy; details of members of the network; a directory of training and advisory expertise; discussion forums; project areas; and a partnership brokering area.


Finnish University Partnership for International Development - UniPID. UniPID is a partnership network between universities. The aim of UniPID network is to implement the concept of institutional partnership. The key objective is to establish long-standing research and development co-operation based on partnerships and durable personal and institutional contacts between universities in Finland and abroad to support sustainable development, research and education around the World.

Fondo indígena. Fondo Indígena is a multilateral organisation based in Bolivia working for the development of indigenous communities and the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples in Latin America and the Carribean.

Forum on the Future of Aid. Forum for the Future of Aid is an online community dedicated to research and opinions from academics, practioners and activists from the South as well as the North on the international aid system.

Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD). FIELD is a group of public international lawyers committed to helping vulnerable countries, communities and campaigners negotiate for fairer international environmental laws. Field undertakes advocacy, capacity building and research on a range of environment and development-related issues with added focus on climate change and energy, biodiversity and marine environments and trade, investment and sustainable development.


G20 Online Development Forum is an online discussion forum relating to the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea held in October 2010. The G20 Development Forum aims to provide a channel through which innovative ideas on development, particularly those from the perspective of non-G20 countries, can be articulated as inputs into G20 discussions.

Gender Training and Development Network (GTDN) is a gender focused Non-governmental organization founded in 2004.The mission is to invest in people, projects and programe by building resources for gender development, training and research.

Gender, vulnerability and social protection. This research project is reviewing the extent to which gender inequality is reflected in social protection design and evaluation in diverse country contexts. A package of resources on gender, vulnerability and social protection were released as outputs of this research project.

German Institute of Global and Area Stuies (GIGA) Journals. The four renowned academic journals of the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies are now available online and free-of-charge. Every Internet user can now access the full content of the GIGA Journal Family at no cost.

 Global Recruitment Specialists. Global Recruitment Specialists (GRS) was founded in 1993 by Patrick Shields as an independent recruitment firm providing personalized, customized, comprehensive, human resource services for non-governmental organizations with international operations in developing countries.

Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI). The initiative is a project designed to put the spotlight on subsidies and the corrosive effects they can have on environmental quality, economic development and governance.

Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) Research Helpdesk - Hot Topics. GSDRC has launched new research helpdesk pages, where you can now search for specific helpdesk reports or browse the latest hot topics. Current hot topics are: climate change, disaster recovery, elections, and radicalisation.

Grupo Chorlaví - The Chorlaví Group. Grupo Chorlavi works for sustainable rural development in the context of decentralisation. Grupo Chorlavi aims at poverty alleviation and a halt to exclusion of rural, marginalised communities in Latin America and the Carribean.

GSDRC Gateway Guide on Inclusive Growth. The Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) has recently launched its gateway guide on inclusive growth, designed to point readers to the most useful, credible and up-to-date resources available on the internet in relation to inclusive and pro-poor growth.


Humanitarian Blog. A new blog on the revision of the Danish Humanitarian Strategy was launched in September 2008 to make sure that the strategy is well informed and addresses the most relevant issues.

Humanitarian Space - for improved response. The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a process of revising the Danish Strategic Priorities in Humanitarian Assistance. In this connection Humanitarian Space has been created in May 2008.


Indigenous Peoples' Center for Documentation, Research and Information (doCip). doCip is a Swiss NGO established at the request of indigenous representatives to the United Nations. doCip hosts an information and documentation and works as a service entity under the UN system linking indigenous organisations together and to international organisations.

informaworldTM. informaworldTM is a one-stop site hosting journals, eBooks, abstract databases and reference works published by Taylor & Francis, Routledge, Psychology Press and Informa Healthcare.


Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). A nonprofit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems, and works to scale up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors.

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). The IRD is a French public science and technology research institute under the joint authority of the French ministries in charge of research and overseas development. The IRD conducts scientific programs contributing to the sustainable development of the countries of the South with an emphasis on the relationship between man and the environment.

Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD). The Institute for Global Dialogue is an independent South African non-governmental organisation broadly concerned with key issues in international affairs, and how these affect South Africa, Southern Africa, and Africa as a whole.

Institute of Development Studies (IDS). IDS at the University of Sussex is a global organisation for research, teaching and communications on international development. IDS also hosts a range of knowledge services including Eldis, id21, BRIDGE, Livelihoods Connect and the British Library for Development Studies.  

Instituto de Investigación Aplicada y promoción del Desarrollo Local (Nitlapan). Nitlapan is an institute for applied research on issues related to rural and urban development under the Central American University in Nicaragua. Research themes include microfinance, access to land and natural resources and natural resource mangament.

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN). IRIN is part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. IRIN's principal role is to provide news and analysis about sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia for the humanitarian community.

Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe). IRADe is a research institute that aims to integrates multi-stakeholder perspectives concerning issues of development, develop capacities among professionals for multi-disciplinary multi-stakeholder policy analysis, and disseminate ideas and insights to promote sustainable development and inclusive development.

Intellectual Network for the South (INSouth) INSouth brings together intellectuals from the global South amongst policymakers, research and academia, the media, the private sector and civil society.

InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS). IANAS is supporting scientific and technological development in the Americas by increased interaction among its Academies, searching for the strengthening of science as a tool for promoting development, prosperity and equity in the Hemisphere.

InterMedia. InterMedia is a consulting firm established in 1996, with experience from more than 100 countries, through more than 2,000 research, evaluation and consulting projects. They have a diverse range of clients in government, media and international development including the World Bank, USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNDP, Cisco Learning Institute, the BBC World Service, the U.S. Department of State, Deutsche Welle, Sesame Workshop, Radio France International, and major U.S. international broadcasters.

International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA). IAIA is a forum for advancing innovation, development, and communication of best practice in impact assessment. The international membership of IAIA promotes development of local and global capacity for the application of environmental, social, health and other forms of assessment in which sound science and full public participation provide a foundation for equitable and sustainable development.

International Council for Science (ICSU). ICSU is a non-governmental organisation representing a global membership that includes both national scientific bodies (113 members) and international scientific unions (29 members). Through this extensive international network, ICSU provides a forum for discussion of issues relevant to policy for international science and the importance of international science for policy issues.

International Development.eu. The European Development Cooperation Support Programme (EDCSP), an ODI initiative, has launched a website to share knowledge and information on the EU and development.

International Forum of National NGO Platforms. This forum aims at facilitating cooperation between national platforms and regional coalitions of NGOs at the regional, inter-regional and international levels through common advocacy and capacity building actions.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). IIED is an independent international research organisation working for sustainable development. Core research areas include climate change, governance, human settlements, natural resources and sustainable markets.

International Migration Institute (IMI). IMI is part of the Oxford Department of International Development and is committed to developing a long-term and forward-looking perspective on international migration processes. IMI works with migration as part of broader processes of global change and development.

International Political Science Association (IPSA). IPSA is an international scholarly association. Its objectives are to promote the advancement of political science through the collaboration of scholars in different parts of the world. It has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and with UNESCO.

International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE). ISEE is a not-for-profit, member-governed, organization dedicated to advancing understanding of the relationships among ecological, social, and economic systems for the mutual well-being of nature and people.

International Support Group (ISG). The ISG under the ministry of agricultural and rural development in Vietnam coordinates with international donors. ISG seeks to build partnerships and foster Vietnamese ownership of foreign supported projects and acts as a facilitating entity in policy dialogue and coordination.

International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS). ISDRS aims to foster and communicate the importance of sustainable development in a global society. The society is a coalition of academic researchers, teachers, government, non-governmental organisations and industry. It promotes inter- and transdisciplinary research and education for sustainable development.

IPSAportal. This is the portal of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and an official online IPSA publication. Hundreds of useful, rich and qualitatively outstanding websites for political science are selected, rewieved and evaluated by IPSA in order to provide scholars and students of the discipline worldwide an useful tool for online research. Among others, crucial information about the nature, quantity and retrievability of the content, the easiness of access and use and the fee policy of each site are provided.


Kabissa. Online network of over 1400 organisations working for positive change in Africa. The site provides a central platform for those with an interest in development issues in Africa to collaborate and share ideas, through discussion groups, blogs and other interactive tools.

Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev). KM4Dev is a community of international development practitioners who are interested in knowledge management and knowledge sharing issues and approaches. The main discussion forum of the group is the KM4Dev mailing list, where the sharing of ideas and experiences take place.

Knowledge Management for Development Journal (KM4D Journal). KM4D Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed, community journal on knowledge management in development - for and by development practitioners and researchers.


Danmark i Latinamerika [in Danish]. Udenrigsministeriet har i januar 2008 lanceret en ny hjemmeside om Danmarks engagement i Latinamerika. Formålet med hjemmesiden er at øge kendskabet til det danske engagement i regionen, herunder prioriteterne i den danske Latinamerika-strategi ”Danmark i Latinamerika – muligheder og partnerskaber”, som blev lanceret i september 2007.

Latin America and Caribbean Social Science Virtual Library. The library provides open and free access to social science research results (journal articles, working papers, books, papers, etc. in Spanish and Portuguese) from 270 institutions members of the Latin American and the Caribbean Social Science Council (CLACSO) with institutional members in 21 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Liga de Defensa del Medio Ambiente (LIDEMA). LIDEMA is an assembly of Bolivian organisations and institutes dedicated to the promotion of sustainable development with a focus on the preservation of the environment.

Linking Cliamte Adaptation (LCA) Network. The Network is a community of over 900 practitioners, stakeholders, researchers and policy-makers exchanging information on climate adaptation research and practice around the globe.


MDG Progress Index: Gauging Country-Level Achievements. This interactive web tool illustrates each individual country's progress towards the Millennium Development Goal targets.

Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The Index was launched by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the UNDP Human Development Report (HDR) to give a multidimensional picture of people living in poverty.


National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South. The Swiss NCCR North-South supports research on issues relating to sustainable development, particularly in developing and transition countries, but also in Switzerland. The most salient features of the program are: 1) North-South partnerships for scientific research; 2) Integration of disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research; and 3) Interactive exchange of development research and practice. 

Networklearning.org. The purpose of this site os to make resources available, free, to NGOs working in the development or humanitarian fields.

Network on Inequality and Poverty (NIP). The LACEA/IDB/WB/UNDP Network on Inequality and Poverty is a joint initiative that aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding the causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion, and the whole range of policies, institutions, and social structures that influence their dynamics as well as the impact of public action.

NORAGRIC - Centre for International Environment and Development Studies. NORAGRIC is situated at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The centre is engaged in interdisciplinary studies on a wide range of issues related to the environment and development in the South.

Nordic Africa Development Policy Forum (NAI Forum). The Nordic Africa Development Policy Forum is hosted by the Nordic Africa Institute (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet) and seeks to promote well-informed, evidence-based policy debate across the Nordic countries with participation from researchers and policy-makers as well as civil society and the interested public at large.

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS). Nordic research and service institute with an international mandate and a focus on social, cultural, political, economic and business transformations in modern Asia in their historical contexts.


Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE). OARE is an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science research.

openaid.se [in Swedish]. openaid.se is a new online service providing information on the use of Swedish development aid funds.

Overseas Development Group (ODG). The Overseas Development Group is a charitable company wholly owned by the University of East Anglia (UEA). The Group manages the research, training and consultancy activities undertaken by the faculty members of the University's School of Development Studies (DEV), one of the UK's leading teaching and research institutions in development studies.

Overseas Development Institute (ODI). ODI is an independent thinktank on international development and humanitarian issues. ODI is engaged in applied research and practical policy advice and aims at policy-focused dissemination and debate.


Participatory Video Research Network. The Participatory Video Research Network aims at sharing knowledge, views and news about using participatory video in research among members of the network.

Partnerships for Education (PfE). Partnerships for Education (PfE) is a joint initiative of the UNESCO and the World Economic Forum seeking to develop a global coalition for multi-stakeholder partnerships for education, including the private sector, in order to advance progress toward the objectives of Education for All (EFA).

Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet). PEGNet brings together researchers with an interest in issues revolving around the poverty-inequality-growth nexus in developing countries, and links them to the German development policy bodies.

Powercube. Powercube is an online resource with guides and practical and conceptual materials for understanding and analysing power relations in efforts to bring about social change. 


Quality of ODA (QuODA) is a new tool created by the Center for Global Development and the Brookings Institution which compares the Quality of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for 31 countries and multilateral agencies and more than 150 aid agencies.


Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). RIS is an autonomous research institution established with the financial support of the Government of India to create a ‘Think-Tank’ on global issues in the field of international economic relations and development cooperation. RIS has also been envisioned as a forum for fostering effective intellectual dialogue among developing countries.

Researchers for Development Analysis (REDA). Shared database launched by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to increase the accessibility to existing experts in all academic disciplines and in research management. Researchers that register in the database will be considered by Sida and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for peer-review processes, commissioned tasks and research, evaluations or direct consultations.

Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA). REPOA is a Tanzania based NGO, which undertakes and facilitates research, conducts training and promotes policy development for pro-poor growth and poverty reduction. 


Science for Humanity. Science for Humanity is a network of individuals and organisations that aims to bring together scientists, international development agencies, social enterprise and communities to design, develop and deliver innovative, real world, science based applications, which bring tangible benefit to people in the developing world. 

Scientists Without Borders. Scientists Without Borders aims to mobilize and coordinate science-based activities that improve quality of life in the developing world. It is developing a web portal where institute leaders, project officers, and individual investigators can gather advice, other forms of human capital, and material assets. Furthermore, a central knowledge store about science-based capacity-building activities will help funding agencies and other institutions apply their efforts efficiently.

SIGI Genderindex. The OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is a new composite measure of gender discrimination based on social institutions. It measures gender inequality in five areas: Family Code, Physical Integrity, Son Preference, Civil Liberties and Ownership Rights in 102 non-OECD countries.

Siyanda Discussion Board. Siyanda is an online gathering place for those working in gender and development. The Discussion Board includes information on funding sources, gender training courses, scholarships, fellowships and grants, workshops and announcements, including vacancies. 

South Centre - An Intergovernmental Organization of Developing Countries. The South Centre aims at meeting the need for analysis of development problems and experience, as well as at providing intellectual and policy support required by developing countries for collective and individual action, particularly in the international arena. The Centre's functions are carried out by means of policy-oriented research and analysis and by publishing and disseminating widely the results of its work.

South-South Learning on Social Protection is a new online collaborative platform from the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth which aims to expand the knowledge base and capacities of developing countries to design and implement nationally-owned poverty reduction strategies. The website includes a searchable database of social protection tools, case studies, policy papers and research from across the world.

Southern African Development Research Network (SADRN). SADRN aims to increase the supply of policy-relevant research in the region by creating a pool of suitably skilled researchers based in institutions in SADC, and to strengthen evidence-based policy-making by engaging policy-makers in the design, implementation and review of research projects. 

Southern African Nordic Centre (SANORD). SANORD is a non-profit, membership organisation of institutions of higher education and research, committed to advancing strategic, multilateral academic collaboration between institutions in the two regions, as they seek to address new local and global challenges of innovation and development.

Spatial poverty traps - what are they and what can be done about them? A series of Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Working Papers seeks to progress thinking and debate on the spatial dimensions of development, with a specific focus on poverty.

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). SEI is an independent, international research institute specializing in sustainable development and environment issues. It works at local, national, regional and global policy levels.


The Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA). The council has, over the past 35 years established itself as the leading scholarly publisher in the social sciences on the African continent, with 90 per cent of what it publishes fed directly by the research and activities it sponsors among various social research networks in universities and research institutes throughout the continent and increasingly in the diaspora.

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) Training Database. The database allows to search for post- and undergraduate programmes and training courses with a focus on development issues from 28 European countries. Details are provided on the programme's objectives and themes, its location and costs, plus full contact details and links to the associated organisation.

The Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (Globelics). Globelics is a global network of scholars who apply the concept of 'Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building System' (Lics) as their analytical framework. The network is especially dedicated to the strengthening of Lics in countries in the South. 

Think Tank Initiative. The Think Tank Initiative is a multi-donor program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions – or “think tanks” – in developing countries, enabling them to better provide sound research that both informs and influences policy. The Initiative will focus its activities in East and West Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

TWAS. The academy of sciences for the developing world, is an autonomous international organization, officially launched by the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1985. TWAS represents the best of science in developing countries. Its main mission is to promote scientific excellence and capacity in the South for science-based sustainable development.


UN Data. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) has developed this new internet based data service, which brings UN statistical databases together through a single entry point. The service currently comprises 23 databases and 6 glossaries c

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