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The African Academy of Science
The AAS was started in 1985 as a continent-wide, professional, non-political and non-profit scientists organisation. It was established with the aim of developing into a pan-Africa forum to champion science - led development in Africa. To this end it strives to be a citadel of learning, discovering and innovation so that Africans can access new independent and unbiased ideas. The Centre has developed a vigorous programme of activities that include Networking, Publication, Policy, Research and Capacity Building in Science and Technology. These programmes are provided under five broad programme areas.


Asian Institute for Development Communications
"Development through Communications"
The Asian Institute for Development Communication (Aidcom) works towards furthering the knowledge and understanding of development issues through the promotion of effective communication. Aidcom was formed in 1986 with the mandate of strengthening the link between communication and development in Asia.
Aidcom is a regional, non profit and non-governmental organisation. It works closely with the nations in the Asian region, non-governmental organisations, as well as with regional and international media organisations.


Best Practices
This searchable database contains over 650 proven solutions to the common social, economic and environmental problems of an urbanizing world. It demonstrates the practical ways in which communities, governments and the private sector are working together to eradicate poverty, provide shelter, protect the environment and support economic development.


Center for Applied Ethics
The Centre was formally created in 1993 by the University of British Columbia's Board of Governors as an independent unit in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. It is primarily an interdisciplinary research centre which studies a diverse range of topics, including health care practices, business and professional procedures, new information technologies and environmental issues. The Centre works closely with most disciplines and interdisciplinary units on campus: for example, the Division of Biomedical Ethics, Health Care Faculties and Teaching Hospitals, the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, the Westwater Research Centre, and the Sustainable Development Research Institute


CDR carries out social science development research in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It supports development research through library and documentation services and offers consultancy services


Electronic Development Information System
The Electronic Development Information System (ELDIS) hosted by the British Library for Development Studies is a comprehensive information gateway, providing World Wide Web access to information sources (libraries, collections, organizations, full-text as well as databases) within development studies at large, established in collaboration with an international consortium of leading development organizations


Euforic is a focal point for communities involved in Europe's international cooperation. Euforic aims to be an information resource and forum for discussion between, on the one side, organisations in Europe and, on the other, those in developing countries


The Social Progress Innovation Network 
  • creates and initiates projects such as workshops and exhibitions at Geneva 2000
  • receives, selects and organises information pertaining to successful social experiments in an open dialogue with members.
  • will be an open electronic forum in Geneva.
  • produces news reports on latest experiences in social development.
  • serves as a relay from network members to the institutional actors and the media.
  • will prepare exclusive reports on the Geneva 2000 Forum and the Special Session
  • forms a laboratory for research on key issues.
  • The Lab will elaborate the document entitled «Social Development in the New Millennium», for the June Summit.
  • After the Special Session, the Lab may enlarge its membership worldwide to constitute a new thinktank for ideas on social progress.
The Hunger Web
The aim of this site is to help prevent and eradicate hunger by facilitating the free exchange of ideas and information regarding the causes of, and solutions to, hunger. It contains primary information, made available by the World Hunger Program -- the prime sponsor of this site -- and its partners, as well as links to other sites where information of relevance to hunger can be found.
Currently, our partners are the World Hunger Education Service (which publishes an excellent on-line journal Hunger Notes), as well as Food First and the FoodFirst Information and Action Network
The HungerWeb has been organized along four categories, responding to four types of publics interested in hunger. We also have an index of all our links. Finally, there is a simple introduction to issues of hunger and malnutrition.

  1. Research

  2. Institutions, research results, and major hunger related data sources

  3. Field Work

  4. NGOs, UN Agencies, situation updates, and reference materials.

  5. Advocacy and Policy

  6. Organisations and materials, upcoming legislation

  7. Education and Training / Training materials for hunger education at all levels


ID21 Development Research
This is the ID21 Development Research reporting service, a selection of the latest and best UK-based development research.
This new online service offers hundreds of summaries of problem-solving work on critical development dilemmas around the world. This Information for Development in the 21st Century is drawn from:

  • over 40 top UK research centres
  • conference papers, unpublished reports
  • research by aid and development agencies and pressure groups
  • research consultants

covering issues such as food security, governance, aid, gender issues and others.
ID21 is a fast-track research reporting service backed by the UK Department for International Development. It aims to make policymakers and on-the-ground development managers aware of the latest and best in British development research findings. Online, in print and through the Southern media, ID21 showcases fresh and unusual research angles on social and economic issues that animate today's development thinking. More, it offers intelligent lessons for all who strive to make development succeed in future.
What you get: Free access to a Web textbase loaded with searchable digests of up-to-date social and economic research touching development concerns and dilemmas worldwide

  • The combined knowledge of some 40 university research departments and think-tanks, as well as researchers in the private consultant and voluntary sectors
  • Non-partisan, one-page Research Highlights, free of jargon and framed to be read by professionals in the business of shaping or implementing development policy
  • E-mail addresses, other direct contact details, hotlinks and printed sources,to ease the direct flow of knowledge and advice between researcher and research user

The ID21 Online selection process is guided by a network of academic advisors and all entries are also seen and approved by originators, a double check on quality and reliability. Source materials include conference papers, research newsletters and other ‘grey’ or pre-publication materials. But work of more than two years’ vintage, literature reviews, highly theoretical studies and institutional policy or position statements are normally excluded.

International Development Research Centre
The International Development Research Centre is a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research.


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
This site contains information about the Assessment of Social Policy Reforms (ASPR) Program Initiative of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). ASPR supports research aimed at enhancing the capacity of government and civil society actors to design and implement effective social policies and programs which promote sustainable and equitable social development.

IDRC’s research programme
Initiatives, explorations and secretariats targets a particular development problem. International, multidisciplinary teams, that are often financed by other donors, focus their energies on solutions to these development challenges.


International Foundation for Development
The International Research Foundation for Development is an autonomous, nonpartisan, transnational organization composed of an international community of contemplative thinkers, policy makers, practitioners, and laypersons who are making a concerted effort to improve the quality of life at various levels of the world. The foundation was established in 1993 and has achieved the status of a public foundation. This transnational foundation operates within its special category of consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations as specified in the UN Charter Article 71


World Forum on Social Development
Proposals and Abstracts


Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, UK


OCEES Oxford Center for the Environment, Ethics and Society



Scientists for Health and Research for Development (SHARED)



Swiss Institute for Development
The Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) is committed to interdisciplinary academic research on questions relating to development, and promotes rapid application of the knowledge acquired. For this purpose, it maintains the Swiss Institute for Development (SID). Research projects undertaken by the SID are performed in close cooperation with influential scientists and policy-makers in social, economic, and political responsibility



One-Year Multidisciplinary Post-Graduate Programme for Workers in Humanitarian Aid


Universities and Institutes in Europe



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