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Networking, exchange and coordination before and beyond WSSD+5 is essential to its success. 
Here you find a directory of list servers dedicated to the discussion of social development issues:


Social Development 
Social Integration 
Gender Equity 
Africa & Least Developed Countries (LDCs) 
Structural Adjustment Programmes 
Resources / Finance for Social Development 
International Cooperation


Social Development    [ Up ]

Social Dev. Caucus

part of the NGO Steering Committee to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
Contact Mary Duffy
if you would like to join the committee to receive the committee's minutes every month (the dues are $20 a year).


Coalition for Global Solidarity and Social Development
a nucleus of a global movement working to link together groups and organisations from around the world working with and involved in the World Summit for Social Development+5 in Geneva 2000, or dealing with issues related to the 10 Commitments.
The aim is to promote grass-roots participation and involvement in the Social Summit, and
to strengthen global solidarity, cooperation, and coordination.
Global Solidarity mailings are distributed to more than 87,000 people in 97 countries world-wide. The aim of this list-serve is to provide top-quality information and up-dates on issues related to globalisation, to link together organisations and individuals in the North and South involved in addressing issues of peacebuilding, development, human rights,
democracy, gender, debt, and other related issues, and to provide quality analysis and information on grass-roots initiatives and NGO, Government, and United Nations activities in these fields.
Generally, the Coalition will only send one mailing a week. Articles by such authors as Sonja Soto, Alejandro Bendana, Susan George, Yash Tandon, Johan Galtung, Noam
Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Ignacio Ramonet, and many, many others, are regularly sent
out on the mailing-list and posted on the web-site.
Policy Research Report on Gender and Development View the Discussion (begins in May)
Recently, work began on a Policy Research Report (PRR) on Gender and Development, co-sponsored by the World Bank's Gender Sector Board and the World Bank Research Group. The PRR aims to strengthen the conceptual and empirical underpinnings of the link between gender, public policy, and development outcomes. An important objective of the PRR will be to provide insights to national policy makers, their staff, and donors on integrating gender into their development strategies.
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The Global Knowledge for Development (GKII)
Join people from all walks of life and from countries around the world to prepare input for the forthcoming Second Global Knowledge (GKII) Conference: Building Knowledge Societies, (held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 7 - 10, 2000). GKII will examine the impediments to harnessing knowledge and information as tools for development at local, national, and global levels. It, and the preliminary virtual conference, will focus on access, empowerment and governance
Enlist and join participants in this ongoing virtual discussion, as they:
  • confer about the policies, strategies, tools, and partnerships that can improve poor people's access to and use of information in rural and urban areas;
  • discuss case studies, best practices, and other examples of activities that have expanded access to information and knowledge among the poor. These include many examples of public-private partnerships that are building "knowledge for development" capacity in developing countries;
  • chat about and share relevant research findings.

Anyone who has electronic mail with Internet access can subscribe to the GKD List. To join please send an e-mail to the LISTSERV host: MAJORDOMO@MAIL.EDC.ORG



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GLOBALIZATION, POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT The Panos Institute London - - and World Bank Institute - - will co-sponsor and co-moderate a month-long public electronic conference, open to global participation beginning on May 1. This electronic conference, the first in a proposed series on this topic, will build on the broad public debate on the impact of globalization on the world's poor that is occurring in the context of the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, DC. 
The e-conference will bring together activists, scholars, development specialists, staff of the World Bank and other international institutions, the media, NGOs, and others who deal with these issues on a daily basis. The aim of the 4-week conference will be to clarify the dimensions of the debate, the state of our knowledge of the key issues, the main areas of disagreement, and the areas of greatest need for further analysis. In this fashion, it will lay the groundwork for a proposed longer series of electronic conferences over the next several months devoted to a more in-depth investigation of the issues. The goal of this electronic conference is to chart the dimensions of the debate, so as to permit a longer, more focused and more productive public discussion of these issues in the months ahead. 
The proposed themes for the 4 weeks of the discussion are as follows: 
* Week 1: Globalization, Development and Poverty: what do we know? > 
* Week 2: Poverty, Basic Needs, and Development 
* Week 3: Modes of Development 
* Week 4: Whose Development? Globalization, Empowerment and the Poor
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The Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) Asia Branch is undertaking a virtual dialogue to learn more about what works to reduce poverty. Information is available from the CIDA homepage at Look for the link to the Poverty Reduction Project in Asia in the top right hand corner. The virtual dialogue includes a section on Universal Access to Infrastructure Services, including providing telecommunications services to Asia's poor.

World Bank -
World Development Report on Poverty
World Development Report on Poverty 2000/2001
go to this page to find a draft version of the WDR In September 2000 the World Bank will publish its once-in-a-decade World Development Report on poverty. The Bank is widely circulating a draft WDR. The Bretton Woods Project and New Policy Institute have been selected to independently run a global on-line discussion of the draft from 21st  February to 31st March 2000. 



a homeless human rights campaign aimed at making human rights accessible at the level of the individual to challenge and change the status quo.  We strive to take the poverty movement and mesh it with the environmental and indigenous campaigns.  Primarily because the indigenous people have struggled longer and harder and have much to share in their experiences of human rights abuses, displacement, homelessness and trauma.  Some Environmental "Greens" often forget how their policies affect poor and homeless human beings, homeless people suffer from exposure to toxic

NAT'L ANTI-POVERTY COMMISSSION The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) serves as the coordinating and advisory body of the government for the implementation of the Social Reform Agenda.It is chaired by President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Its Vice Chairperson for the Government Sector is Sec. Donna Z. Gasgonia, who is also the Presidential Assistant for Poverty Eradication, NGOs and POs, and Chairperson of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. NAPC's OIC Lead Convenor is Agrarian Reform Secretary Horacio R. Morales.NAPC is composed of 17 government agencies and 14 basic sector representatives.
MicroNews99 This is a distribution list for MICRONEWS - an electronic newsletter about microfinance and poverty alleviation that is produced by CARE Bangladesh, SANMFI and CDF.  This is not a discussion group but only a distribution facility.  The MICRONEWS newsletters are kept in the archives here.


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Social Integration    [ Up ]

Amnesty International Amnesty International is a human rights organization that will use this E-group to communicate urgent action issues
Direct Action There are times when we need to act: to protect human rights, free speech, privacy of a person... We may not be able to change the history but we can try to shape the society to be fair and respectful for individual's rights.
Info Times Human Rights Forum

Human Rights Forum is a weekly newsletter and daily e-mail news-info service of the Human Rights Foundation, an independent, non-profit, human-civil rights, educational and social welfare association based in Washington, DC, U.S.A.

NGO Network for Peace and Human Rights Everybody involved in the fields of peace activism and human right. Please feel free to share any thoughts or experiences you have had regarding human rights, economic and ecological issues, and peace building initiatives.
GILC News Alert
The newsletter of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign, an international coalition of organizations working to protect and enhance online civil liberties and human rights. Organizations are invited to join GILC by contacting may re-print or redistribute the GILC NEWS ALERT freely. To subscribe to the alert, please send an mail to with the following message in the body: subscribe gilc-announce


Gender Equity    [ Up ]

AFR-FEM is an online working group established in conjunction with the African Women and Economic Development conference (April 28-May 1, 1998) in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. The working group aims to support the Conference, build an information resource related to the Conference themes, and offer a forum where members can share relevant information about their activities. For more information (in English and French), send the message INFO AFR-FEM to MAJORDOMO@TRISTRAM.EDC.ORG . To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE AFR-FEM to that same address.
BEIJING-CONF a moderated list supported by the United Nations Development Programme. It includes subscribers from 55 countries, including 28 developing countries. As a result, the list emphasizes discussion of the Beijing UN Women's Conference issues as they affect developing countries as well as industrialized ones. The list hopes to continue beyond the Conference, focusing on implementation of the Women's Conference and the Social Summit agreements. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE BEIJING-CONF to MAJORDOMO@CONFER.EDC.ORG
CURRENTS CURRENTS is a bi-monthly electronic news bulletin of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) provided to give you up-to-date information briefs on UNIFEM's initiatives, successes, events, projects and activities worldwide. We invite you to redistribute CURRENTS through fax to those without e-mail access. If you know someone who would like to receive CURRENTS through e-mail, send a message to with the following command in the body of your message: subscribe unifem-currents <e-mail address> (example: subscribe unifem-currents Leave the subject line blank. For any questions, comments or submissions, contact Jessica Humphreys at 212-906-5538 or
BOL Interactive Forum for Gender Issues in South Asia
A moderated Electronic discussion list by the Centre for Women's Development Studies to bring together individuals and organisations at the local, national and global levels to create a common interactive Forum for Gender Issues. 
This is the very first list to be initiated from India which is planned as a medium of communication and exchange of ideas on gender issues.
Information on: 
- Issues of Current Concerns 
- Judicial Decision 
- Research Projects
- Conferences/ Workshops/ Training Programs
- Rallies/ Memoran/ Campaign Information
- Awards/ Honours
- Organisational Resources
To subscribe, write to: with the following message in the body of your email: subscribe bol (Leave the subject line blank)
DEVELOPMENT-GENDER a moderated list established by the Gender, Research, and Training unit in the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, U.K. It intends to connect researchers, academics, and practitioners working in development and gender issues in dispersed institutions. More information is available at the DEVELOPMENT-GENDER web page. To subscribe, send the message JOIN DEVELOPMENT-GENDER Firstname Lastname to MAILBASE@MAILBASE.AC.UK


ECOFEM focuses on women and the environment, from local to international. It offers opportunity for sharing information about grassroots activism, legislative action, treaties/conventions, publications, syllabi, upcoming events, and more. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE ECOFEM to



Educational Equity

encourages discussion of educational equity in schools, colleges, etc. among teachers and other educators, equity practitioners, advocates, parents, policymakers, counselors and others interested in equity. The list serves as a forum to discuss how to attain equity for males and females; and how gender equity can be a helpful construct for improving education for all. The participation of both women and men is welcomed. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE EDEQUITY to MAJORDOMO@CONFER.EDC.ORG.


GENDER-AIDS an internationally-focused list for discussion of gender and AIDS/HIV. Though it is an email list, you can read some of the messages and subscribe to GENDER-AIDS from the Web.


a discussion and information list on women and globalization issues, including trade, entrepreneurship, and informal sector activities. To subscribe, send a message to GLOBAL-L@LIST.IFIAS.ORG with the word SUBSCRIBE in the Subject heading.

HURINET-WOMEN information list (not a discussion list) dealing with international human rights concerning women. To subscribe, send a message expressing your wish to do so to the listowner, Debra Guzman, at DEBRA@OLN.COMLINK.APC.ORG .
Policy Research Report on Gender and Development
Recently, work began on a Policy Research Report (PRR) on Gender and Development, co-sponsored by the World Bank's Gender Sector Board and the World Bank Research Group. The PRR aims to strengthen the conceptual and empirical underpinnings of the link between gender, public policy, and development outcomes. An important objective of the PRR will be to provide insights to national policy makers, their staff, and donors on integrating gender into their development strategies.
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a rural feminist activist forum. Presently, membership is restricted to women living/working in rural areas who are actively trying to change their lives and the lives of other rural women for the better through grass roots organizing and other personal efforts. The list hopes to build networks of women who are isolated from each other geographically and culturally. Discussions involve topics such as grassroots organizing, rural projects, domestic violence, sexual assault, women's health, welfare reform, legislation, etc. One can apply to join from the Rural Womyn Zone web site or by sending the message SUBSCRIBE RURALWOMYN Your Email Address to MAJORDOMO@PLAINS.NET .



Call for Participation: A Consultation on the UNDP TCDC WIDE Women's Initiative
In February of this year the UNDP Special Unit for Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC) launched the WIDE Initiative in support of south-south technical cooperation.
On International Women's Day, TCDC is issuing a call for participation in public consultations on a planned WIDE Women's Initiative. The WIDE Women's Initiative seeks to increase the visibility and participation of women from developing countries in technical (and other) cooperation among developing countries. The purpose of the consultation is to solicit and share views on how best to increase the visibility and participation of women from developing countries in cooperation activities among developing countries. The general public, and women's groups in particular, are urged to participate in this consultation. The results of the consultation will be used to (a) design WIDE Women's Initiative strategies for working with partners, (b) increase the presence of women's expertise in the WIDE Online database, and (c) increase the participation of women's expertise in south-south cooperation. Women from developing countries, and their institutions are also strongly urged to register in TCDC's WIDE Online database as a step towards enhancing the visibility and scope for the use of their expertise. 
To register in WIDE Online directly go to
You may also register by starting at the WIDE Initiative home page:
To participate in the WIDE Women's Initiative consultation, subscribe to the WIDEFORUM-L by going to and following instructions or by sending email to: with a single line in the body of the email saying: subscribe WIDEFORUM-L "Your Name here" Your subscription will be confirmed by email. 
For further information and for organizations wishing to participate in the WIDE Women's Initiative contact: Dorothee Gizenga or 
Atsede Worede-Kal



discusses issues related to the representations of "Third World Women," including interrogating the construction of identities as TWW and the effects of those identities on personal and professional lives, etc. It is hoped that this will be a list where academic and nonacademic discussions will intersect. More information is available on the Spoon mailing lists site. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE THIRD-WORLD-WOMEN to MAJORDOMO@JEFFERSON.VILLAGE.VIRGINIA.EDU .

WIGSAT-L focuses on international gender, science, and technology issues for NGOs, researchers, policy makers, and anyone else interested in gender, science, and technology for development. The list regularly distributes information on job announcements, events, and publications, including the International Gender, Science and Technology Digest. To subscribe, send a message to WIGSAT-L@LIST.IFIAS.CA with the word SUBSCRIBE in the Subject heading.

deals with the issues of women and work in the context of economic empowerment of women in developing countries or areas of economic hardship and crisis. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE WOMENWORK to MAJORDOMO@HUMANISM.ORG



Education    [ Up ]

Idecers Forum

DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION is based on the notion that learning democratic and humanistic values are the main goals in the field of education. This approach regards human dignity and liberty as the fundamentals of human society. The democratic education deems applying the principals of democracy and of human rights the essential basis for achieving its goal.


Health    [ Up ]

Healthnet SatelLife
Provides e-mail discussion groups for health professionals, including AFRO-NETS: African Networks for Health Research and Development


Discussion list on health sector reform and the decentralisation of health services in developing countries. Archived on www.


Africa & Least Developed Countries    [ Up ]

AFRICA DIVERSITY MAILING LIST A new mailinglist launched by the Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Working Group at the Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI) in collaboration with Nuffic-CIRAN, Centre for International Research and Advisory Networks. 
The Africa Diversity mailing list is devoted specifically to the sustainable use and conservation of indigenous knowledge and biological diversity in Africa. The purpose of this discussion list is - to promote the advancement of knowledge about biodiversity and indigenous knowledge in Africa - invite the participation of natural and social scientists, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and any other entity with an interest in biodiversity and indigenous knowledge issues - share research materials, event announcements, funding, job and training opportunities, relevant newsletters, etc.
To join: Send a message to and write subscribe africadiv yourfirstname yourlastname in the body of the message, leaving the subject blank.


Structural Adjustment Programmes    [ Up ]


Macroeconomic Policy List

The Macroeconomic-Policy-List is a forum for the return of macroeconomic theory and macroeconomic policy analysis.  It provides an arena for critical positions -  based on theoretical and empirical arguments - on micro oriented policies. The list is an open forum for  (1) the revival of macroeconomic policy strategies  (2) a stable world financial order (exchange rate regimes) (3) the struggle against market fundamentalism  The macroeconomic condition for full employment within the European Union is a focus of the list. The list accepts contributions in English, French and German.


Resources / Finance for Social Development    [ Up ]


A list-server discussing the UN ongoing work on Finance for Development, regularly providing information about the proceedings, such as through summaries of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. To subscribe, send an email to FFD-L-request@MBnet.MB.CA

The Development of Sustainable Microfinance in East Asia and Pacific (EAP)
This discussion is currently taking place in the Development Forum of the World Bank. Visit this site to view other topics addressed.
Despite the growth of microfinance initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region in the last decade, their outreach remains very small and it is estimated that today 200 million poor households in this region still have limited or no access to financial services. In East Asia and Pacific (EAP) , most countries are in the process of experimenting microfinance programs and look for support to develop this sector.
As microfinance becomes an industry, the major lesson learned to date is that the prospects for financial viability depends upon the capacity of the institutions (MFIs) to reach a large group of poor people. However, achieving a sustainable outreach in those countries is constrain by different causes among the principals stands: limited retail capacity, lack of conducive environment and inadequate financial infrastructure.
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International Cooperation    [ Up ]

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