Alternatives - Action and communication network for international development.
African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) - Working for women's rights and philanthropy across the African continent. AWDF's grant making processes are uniquely designed to meet the needs of African women and include the provision of small grants($1000-$5000) to community-based organizations, main grants (up to $50,000), capacity building support and a strong focus on movement building.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) - ADB is a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific. ADB is owned by 67 members, mostly from within the Asian and Pacific region.
Bank Information Center (BIC) - A non-governmental organization that provides information and strategic support to NGOs and social movements throughout the world on the projects, policies and practices of the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). BIC advocates for greater transparency, accountability and citizen participation at the MDBs.
Caritis International - A confederation of 154 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations present in 198 countries and territories.
Catalytic Communities (CatComm) - Based in Rio de Janeiro, Catalytic Communities is an empowerment, communications, think tank, and advocacy NGO working on behalf of the city's favelas at the intersection of sustainable community development, human rights, local-global networks, communications, and urban planning. CatComm endeavors to support and empower residents of informal settlements, evolving strategically to support the needs of favela residents and their leaders as they arise.
Center for Balkan Development - A network of more than a thousand people in the United States, Canada, and Europe working to help the region of the former Yugoslavia rebuild and create a peaceful and prosperous future.
Center for Global Development - Conducts research and analysis on how policies and actions of the rich and powerful affect poor people in the developing world. Examples include aid effectiveness, climate change, education, globalization, health, migration and trade.
Citizens Democracy Corps (CDC) - CDC's program of sustained enterprise and economic development in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe focuses on small and medium sized businesses that began as private companies or emerged from the privatization process. CDC is a nonprofit organization supported by the U.S. private sector, individuals, and U.S. Agency for International Development.
Collection on Critical Global Issues - Contains 210 publications (32,000 pages) in the fields of agriculture and land management, development, environment and sustainability, food and nutrition, natural resource development, science and technology. Developed by the United Nations University Press.
Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED) - Provides a wide range of knowledge and expertise from real estate development to small business development, technology transfer and exporting. Its membership comes from cities of all sizes, urban counties, metropolitan regional agencies and public/private partnership organizations, utility companies, consultants and academics.
Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) -DAI distributes hundreds of millions of dollars of US government funds internationally, supplied through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It has been repeatedly accused of acting as a conduit for CIA spying, destabilisation and psyops operations-in Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia and other South American states, as well as Eritrea, Ethiopia, Russia and Iraq.
Development Gap - Helping to maximize control by poor communities and sectors over their own development in the face of impositions from the North.
Development Gateway - Portal for development information and knowledge sharing worldwide. The tools on this website bring together people and organizations around the globe who are working to improve life in developing countries.
Development Policy Blog - Provides a platform for aid and development analysis and research and policy comment, with global coverage and a focus on Australia, the Pacific and Papua New Guinea.
Earth Institute at Columbia University - Brings together talent from throughout the University to address complex issues facing the planet and its inhabitants, with particular focus on sustainable development and the needs of the world's poor. The Earth Institute is motivated by the belief that science and technological tools already exist, and could be expanded, to greatly improve conditions for the world's poor while preserving the natural systems that support life on Earth.
EcoViva - Works in partnership and solidarity with poor communities in Central America to achieve environmental sustainability, economic self-sufficiency, social justice, and peace.
Eldis - Development policy, practice and research. Browse more than 22,000 summarised documents from over 4,500 development organisations - all available free to download. Share your work with over 80,000 development practitioners.
EuropaWorld Plus - The online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Regional Surveys of the World series. First published in 1926, the Europa World Year Book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World offer in-depth, expert analysis at regional, sub-regional and country level.
Foreign Assistance and Arms Export Acts (.pdf; 507 pp.) - This volume of U.S. legislation and related material is part of a five volume set of laws and related material frequently referred to by the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives, amended to date and annotated to show pertinent history or cross references.
Foundation for Global Community - The core of activity at the Foundation for Global Community centers around a diverse collection of projects, including: ARISE, (Afghanistan Retraining Initiative for Self-Employment), The Business and Sustainability Team, The Valley of Heart's Delight, Personal Development Courses (Marriage in Changing Times, Exploring a Sense of Place, the Enneagram, and Children and Nature), and Israeli-Palestinian Initiative: Framework for a Public Peace Process.
Focus on the Global South - Focus uncovers ways that dominant arrangements and institutions marginalise the vast majority of people in the global south - including the South in the North and promotes alternative ideas, paradigms, institutions and global and regional arrangements based on expanding equity, sustainability and democracy at national, regional and international levels.
Global Subsidies Initiative - A project designed to put the spotlight on subsidies and the corrosive effects they can have on environmental quality, economic development and governance.
Grassroots International (GRI) - An independent agency committed to progressive social change. Provides cash grants and material aid to partners in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean who are bringing about social change by helping people in their own communities address the root causes of their problems.
Humanity Development Library - A large collection of practical information aimed at helping reduce poverty, increasing human potential, and providing a practical and useful education for all: 1,230 publications - books, reports, and magazines - in various areas of human development, from agricultural practice to economic policies, from water and sanitation to society and culture, from education to manufacturing, from disaster mitigation to micro-enterprises.
Human Development Reports - Independent reports commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The product of a selected team of leading scholars, development practitioners and members of the Human Development Report Office of UNDP, these reports provide analysis and policy recommendations for more than 130 countries.
ICLEI - An international association of local and metropolitan governments dedicated to sustainable development. Promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.
InterAction - The largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country. Members are faith-based and secular, large and small, with a focus on the world's most poor and vulnerable populations. Using its collective voice, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions on relief and long term development issues, including foreign assistance, the environment, women, health, education and agriculture. Also see its Blog, Monthly Developments Magazine and Resources page.
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) - Regional multilateral development institution established in December of 1959 to help accelerate economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
InterAction - The largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. With more than 160 members operating in every developing country, we work to overcome poverty, exclusion and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all.
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) - A global research-for-development organization. Its mission is to provide innovative science-based solutions for improving the resilience and livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas. Since its establishment in 1977, ICARDA has implemented research for development programs in more than 50 countries in the world’s dry areas, spanning from Morocco in North Africa to Bangladesh in South Asia
International Development Exchange (IDEX) - A social change organization, challenging social and economic forces that marginalize people worldwide, building alliances with partner organizations to confront global systems of inequality.
International Development Law Organization (IDLO) - Provides technical legal assistance and capacity development at the national and local level, often in the poorest and most insecure parts of the world. We work in partnership with local actors and with different legal systems in an enabling and empowering - rather than prescriptive or directive - way. IDLO was granted Observer Status by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001. It is supported financially by voluntary contributions from governments, multilateral organizations, private foundations and the private sector.
Kapuscinski Development Lectures - High-level events contribute to the debates discuss development issues such as climate change, human rights, aid effectiveness, Europe-Africa relations, Millennium Development Goals, and more. The lectures honor the name of Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish journalist and writer, who died in 2007. Kapuscinski, whose books were translated into many languages, was often named the "Third World Chronicler" or the "Voice of the Poor" for his famous reportages and books describing developing countries on all continents.
La Via Campesina - International movement bringing together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.
Mekong River Commission (MRC) - An intergovernmental body created by an agreement between the four countries sharing the Lower Mekong Basin: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam."Promotes and coordinates sustainable management and development of water and related resources for the countries' mutual benefit."
Millennium Development Goals - The eight MDG which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 - form a blueprint agreed to by all the world's countries and all the world's leading development institutions. The complete MDG database can be accessed here.
Millenium Project - Commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people.
Peace Corps - More than 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 77 countries, working to bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start new small businesses, and stop the spread of AIDS.
RealWorldBank.org (RWB) - An initiative of a group of researchers, NGOs, web developers, and film-makers. It aims to promote a diverse range of views about development issues, particularly those of the people most affected bydominant economic models and excluded from discussions about them.
ReliefWeb - Clearinghouse for those needing timely information on humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. Designed to help the humanitarian community improve its response to emergencies.
Schumaker UK - Promotes human scale and sustainable systems for social, economic and environmental development: economic globalisation, new economics, sustainable systems, sustainable education, intermediate technology, alternative technology, renewable energy, climate change, global warming, local ecosystems, local democracy, sustainable farming, organic agriculture, complementary medicine and ecological footprints.
Seva - A donor-supported non-profit foundation building partnerships to respond to locally defined problems with culturally sustainable solutions throughout the world.
South Africa Development Fund (SAFD) - Works in partnership with community-based organizations to provide financial and technical support to communities disadvantaged by decades of apartheid policies.
South Centre - An ntergovernmental organization of developing countries that helps developing countries to combine their efforts and expertise to promote their common interests in the international arena. Working on issues such as development policies, sustainable development, climate change, global governance, economic and social development, South-South cooperation, global economic conditions, intellectual property, technology transfer, access to knowledge, health, trade agreements and food security.
Stakeholder Forum - UN organization supporting international civil society organisations concerned with sustainable development. It includes organisations representing all the major groups recognised by the UN including business, labour, parliamentarians, local government, NGOs, indigenous peoples, women, youth, farmers and scientists.
Sustain - Alliance for better food and farming. Advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. WRepresents 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.
UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) - UNCTAD is the focal point within the United Nations for the integrated treatment of trade and development and the interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development.
UN Development Programme (UNDP) - UNDP's mission is to help countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable human development by assisting them to build their capacity to design and carry out development programmes in poverty eradication, employment creation and sustainable livelihoods, the empowerment of women and the protection and regeneration of the environment, giving first priority to poverty eradication.
UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) - Established under the United Nations Charter as the principal organ to coordinate economic, social, and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. The Council also receives reports from 11 UN funds and programmes. ECOSOC serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system. It is responsible for:
promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress;
identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems;
facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and
encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - Works to encourage sustainable development through sound environmental practices. Its activities cover a wide range of issues, from atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems, the promotion of environmental science and information, to an early warning and emergency response capacity to deal with environmental disasters and emergencies.
What is Sustainable Development? - Information from around the world on how to deal with such crucial issues as climate change, cleaner production, waste, poverty, consumerism, natural resource management, and governance.
William Easterly - William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University, joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of NYU's Development Research Institute. He is also a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington DC. William Easterly received his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT. He spent sixteen years as a Research Economist at the World Bank. He is the author of The White Man's Burden: How the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Penguin, 2006), The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (MIT, 2001), 3 other co-edited books, and 46 articles in refereed economics journals.
World Bank Bonds Boycott Campaign - Criticisms against the World Bank and the IMF from popular movements and organizations and information on the World Bank Bond Boycott Campaign.
World Bank Group - Analytical services to the Bank and the development community.
Data - Free and open access to data about development in countries around the globe.
Little Green Data Book - A pocket-sized ready reference on key environmental data for over 200 economies. Key indicators are organized under the headings of agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, energy, emission and pollution, and water and sanitation. Also a PDF download. Published by The World Bank Group.
World Bank eAtlas of Global Development - Maps and graphs more than 175 thematically organized indicators for over 200 countries, letting you visualize and compare progress on the most important development challenges facing our world. Most indicators cover several decades, so you can see, for example, how "life expectancy at birth" has improved from 1960 up through the latest year. This online companion to the sourcebook Atlas of Global Development, Third Edition, allows you to visualize and analyze a wider variety of data in greater depth, over a longer time period.
World Bank Millenium Development Goals - Targets set for reductions in poverty, improvements in health and education, and protection of the environment. The goals have been adopted by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the members of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, and many other agencies.
World Economic Outlook Reports - A survey by the IMF staff usually published twice a year. It presents IMF staff economists' analyses of global economic developments during the near and medium term. Chapters give an overview as well as more detailed analysis of the world economy; consider issues affecting industrial countries, developing countries, and economies in transition to market; and address topics of pressing current interest. Annexes, boxes, charts, and an extensive statistical appendix augment the text.
World Economics - Analysis, insight and data relating to questions of importance in understanding the world economy
World Bank Research Observer - Debates key issues in development economics and developmental policy and surveys literature and the latest World Bank research.
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