Insightful Blogs on International
Development Issues-- World
Bank Blogs, Blogs
at Worldwatch, Center
for Global Development, Global
Development (The Guardian), Global
Development Professionals Network (The Guardian), The
Democracy Report (The Atlantic), Development
Channel (Council on Foreign Relations), Democracy
Lab (Foreign Policy), Policy
and Practice (Oxfam), Ideas for
Development (French Development Agency), Opinion
(Overseas Development Institute, UK), Development
Horizons (International Food Policy Research
Development: Views from the Center (Center for
Global Development), Development and
Cooperation (Engagement Global), Development
(World Economic Forum), Education
plus Development (Brookings Institution)
AidData-- "A development
research and innovation lab at the College of William
& Mary [USA]. Our interdisciplinary team of 40 faculty
and staff helps international development organizations to
more effectively track, target, coordinate, and evaluate
their investments. We use precise data and rigorous
methods to address the question of ‘who is doing what,
where, for whom, and to what effect’." Huge global
development project and resource tracking open data bank,
with maps and many analytical publications.
Development Experience Clearinghouse-- From the U.S. Agency for International Development, which bills the site as "the largest online resource for USAID-funded technical and project materials... [with] nearly 200,000 items available for review or download." Also much information on U.S. foreign aid itself.
Development Gateway-- A major portal
on development, with excellent general and country
information, resources, and tools, designed for scholars
and practitioners in specific sectors of developmental
activity. Much information and analysis available in
several categories. Try AidData for "an easy-to-use,
comprehensive, and timely resource describing the universe
of development finance project-by-project, including all
grants and loans committed by all major bilateral and
multilateral aid donors."
Directory of Development Organizations--
Comprehensive reference for development practitioners,
researchers, donors, and policymakers interested in
enterprise development and (non-) financial markets,
particularly in developing countries. Lists thousands of
individual contacts in organizations which offer support,
information, and advice to the enterprise sectors in
developing countries, by region and category.
Association of Development Research and Training
Institutes' Research Monitor-- Excellent
"publication database for development research" links to
online "research-related information products (research
papers, working papers, discussion papers, conference
papers, studies, policy briefings, peer-reviewed journals
and books)" about international development. "The
databases of the EADI Research website contain the
collected resources of all our over 140 member institutes
all over Europe."
Institute of Development Studies--
From the University of Sussex, England, one of the world's leading sources for research, teaching and information on
international development, offering a broad and excellent
range of information systems and services. Note the
excellent free IDS website guide in PDF, "A Good Place to Start - The IDS
Knowledge Services guide to finding development
The components of IDS include:
1. British Library for Development Studies, an online catalogue of Europe's largest library on international development
with the slogan "Sharing the best in development policy,
practice and research," is a superlative directory and
gateway to electronic information resources on development
issues, with subject guides and dossiers, regional and
country profiles, news feeds, e-mail bulletins and
newsletters, and a database of thousands of papers online
at its site or linked. Note the Resource Guides
and Topics and What's New
an information and analysis service on development and
4. Governance and Social Development Resource Centre aims to help reduce poverty by informing policymaking and enhancing professional knowledge in relation to governance, conflict, and social development. Note especially the topic guides and the document library, "an up to date collection of the most credible publications available on governance, conflict, and social development issues."
Weitzenegger Consulting-- Excellent website is
"primarily a resource for the global learning community of
professionals active in international development
cooperation in more than 80 countries." Huge amount of
development resources and leads, including via social
Open Knowledge Hub--
"Collaborative 'Open Data' platform for sharing digital
content about development that aims to improve the supply
and accessibility of content that supports
evidence-informed policy making and practice by
development actors. A key aspect of the hub’s design is to
raise the profile of diverse perspectives on development,
paying particular attention to research content from
developing countries." Many free high quality publications
are available through this site.
Peace and Collaborative Development Network-- "Free professional networking site that works to foster dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship and related fields." Posts "fellowship/scholarship opportunities, information about relevant academic programs, training opportunities, news about new publications... questions about new or ongoing research projects, discussion of conflict regions, videos and photos, and more."
• Bank Information Center-- An
"independent, non-profit, 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." Much practical
information, plus links.
• The Broker-- From the UK, "an independent platform and online magazine on globalization and development, bringing together cutting-edge knowledge and expert opinions from researchers, policymakers and practitioners... [and acting] as an intermediary between knowledge networks, ‘brokering’ global development knowledge to inform practitioners and provide new and integrated perspectives on current global policy issues."
• Center for Global Development-- Research institute "dedicated to reducing global poverty and inequality through policy-oriented research and active engagement on development issues with the policy community and the public." Site offers working papers, policy briefs, articles, opinion pieces, data sources, news and commentary, the Commitment to Development Index, and more.
• Country Indicators for Foreign Policy-- High-quality project between Carleton University and the Canadian government to develop "a number of wide-ranging tools that encompass, among other things, the monitoring, forecasting, and evaluation of failed and fragile states, as well as the assessment of supporting policies intended to address the development, security, and economic challenges they represent." Site posts Governance and Democracy Handbook, data, and many insightful reports and methodologies relevant to governance and democracy processes, conflict risk assessment, and fragile and failed states.
• Department for International Development-- "The part of the UK Government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty." Posts news, country profiles, case studies, research reports.
• Development Executive Group (Devex)--
Social enterprise providing free recruiting services and
business information for the international development
community, with a network of international development
professionals, development news, career advice, business
advice, and project notices from donor agencies.
• Developmental Leadership Program-- Joint effort supported by the Australian government and "government, academic and civil society partners from around the world to explore the role of human agency in the processes of development [and] address the policy, strategic and operational implications of 'thinking and working politically'." Posts studies on the role of leadership in development in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific.
• Fragile States Index-- From the Fund for Peace, an annual ranking and global map of the countries of the world, according to the degrees of state effectiveness and weaknesses-- "a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure." Includes methodology, data, country and global analysis, trends, and past rankings.
• Freedom House-- Many online studies ranking countries on
measures of freedom (including press freedom), informative
backgrounders, and other publications are offered by this
nonprofit, nonpartisan U.S. organization dedicated to
promoting democracy around the world. Note especially
their extensive yearly online report Freedom in the
• Gapminder-- "Non-profit venture for development and provision of free software that visualise human development... in collaboration with universities, UN organisations, public agencies and non-governmental organisations." Fine site features free software, videos, data, and interactive moving graphics to visualize facts, data, and trends in development measures.
• Global Age Watch Index-- "Ranks countries by how well their aging populations are faring. It is based on four domains that are key enablers of older people's well-being: income, health, employment and education, and enabling environment." Also includes "report cards" by countries, topical reports, data, blogs, and the Index Insight Report.
• Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict-- From the University of South Florida, "an institute that focuses on sociocultural and human dynamics research in areas of political instability as well as global identity politics, race, class, and gender issues as they relate to civil society." Posts studies on that topic, as well as the Citizenship Index and the Tribalism Index.
• Global Innovation Index-- From the World Intellectual Property Organization, INSEAD, and Cornell University, "a leading reference on innovation and a valuable bench-marking tool for decision-makers... provides an annual ranking of the innovation capabilities and performance of economies around the world."
Integrity-- "Generates, synthesizes, and
disseminates credible, comprehensive and timely
information on governance and corruption trends around the
world... Our information is meant to serve simultaneously
as a roadmap for engaged citizens, a reform checklist for
policymakers, and a guide to the business climate for
investors." Posts much insightful data and analysis. Note especially the Global
• Global Poverty Mapping Project-- "The
Global Poverty Mapping Project seeks to enhance current
understanding of the global distribution of poverty and the
geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor
live." From the Center for International Earth Science
Information Network of Columbia University. Site posts data
sets, maps/atlas of poverty, studies, project methods, and
• Human Freedom Index-- “Presents the state of human freedom in the world based on a broad measure that encompasses personal, civil, and economic freedom. Human freedom... recognizes the dignity of individuals and is defined here as negative liberty or the absence of coercive constraint. [This] Index is a resource that can help to more objectively observe relationships between freedom and other social and economic phenomena... Co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.”
• Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index-- From the UK's Institute of Development Studies, "ranks governments on their political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition. The index was created to provide greater transparency and public accountability by measuring what actions governments take, and what they fail to do, in addressing hunger and undernutrition." Also see the HANCI Report.
• Indices of Social Development-- From the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, with World Bank support, "an innovative database, which will open new areas of research on social development, comparing various dimensions within countries, and their impact on other aspects of development." Aims to show "weaknesses and strengths across countries, as well as the links between social development and other development outcomes." Presents downloadable data and charts on six main indicators for many countries since 1990.
• Innovations in Civic Participation-- "Works around the world to strengthen and develop policies and programs that focus on applying [youth] service as a solution to a wide range of social issues." Site posts information, analyses, and resources about and for youth service and civic engagement, especially in new democracies.
Center for Research on Women-- "Works to make women
in developing countries an integral part of alleviating
global poverty... to ensure that global development
programs and policies help improve the lives of women and
girls around the world." Posts many reports, policy
briefs, and position papers.
• International Development Research
Centre-- 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." This site provides full-text publications,
research databases, project information, funding
opportunities, and links.
• International Finance Cooporation--
Part of the World Bank Group, IFC is "the largest
multilateral source of loan and equity financing for
private sector projects in the developing world," with
special interest in sustainable private sector
development. The site posts many papers and reports on
global and regional aspects of sustainable private sector
• International Food Policy Research
Institute-- "Seeks sustainable solutions for ending
hunger and poverty... one of 15 centers supported by the
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research,
an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and
international and regional organizations." Posts policy
briefs, research manuscripts, and the annual Global
• International Institute for Environment
and Development-- Aims "to promote sustainable
patterns of world development through collaborative
research, policy studies, networking and knowledge
dissemination," especially on major global issues. Many
reports, policy and issue papers, and newsletters
available free in PDF format.
• International Monetary Fund-- The
IMF oversees a wide range of international economic and
financial issues. At the eLibrary, you can
"find in-depth, independent analysis on the financial
crisis, development, macroeconomics, poverty reduction,
trade, globalization, and much more." Numerous publications on economic and
financial issues, including country information and World Economic Outlook Reports,
are available and searchable online. The Data Mapper presents World Economic Outlook data in
map, graphic, and bubble chart form, such as GDP,
inflation, and current account balance, from 1980 to the
present, plus five-year projections. The Financial
Soundness Indicators database is "aimed at
supporting macroprudential analysis—the surveillance and
assessment of the strengths and vulnerabilities of
financial systems." There is a video
archive. Also see the quarterly journal Finance and Development.
• International Policy Centre for
Inclusive Growth-- "Supported by the Poverty
Practice, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP and the
Government of Brazil... to facilitate South-South learning
in development solutions by fostering policy dialogue;
carrying out policy-oriented research; as well as
conducting training and evaluation." Posts working papers,
policy research briefs, issues of Poverty In Focus
magazine, one pagers and country studies.
• Legatum Prosperity
Index-- National and global rankings and analysis
"using a holistic definition of prosperity to include both
material wealth and quality of life. Rather than
replicating other measurements that rank countries by
their actual levels of wealth, life satisfaction, or
development, the Prosperity Index produces rankings based
on the foundations of prosperity. These are the factors
that help drive economic growth and produce happy citizens
in a given country." Also check the various other programs
and publications that this Institute has about
• National Endowment for Democracy-- Private, nonprofit U.S. organization created in 1983 to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. In addition to other NED publications on-site, the Journal of Democracy posts some articles online.
• Organization for Economic Cooperation
and Development-- The
international organization of the industrialized,
market-economy countries, to exchange information and
harmonize policy to maximize economic growth within member
countries and assist non-member countries to develop more
Data is posted online. The Publishing
section is a good place to start searching for
publications, as are the iLibrary
and the Working
Papers Series. OECD resources focusing on a
particular country (OECD member or not) can be found in
the Countries section. The very
useful yearly OECD
Factbook is "an essential tool providing a global
overview of world economic, social and environmental
trends." Read the online version
of the OECD
Observer magazine for a topical approach to the
latest interests of OECD research. The Regional
Well-Being: A Closer Measure of Life site "allows
you to measure well-being in your region and compare it
with 362 other OECD regions based on nine topics central
to the quality of our lives."
• Our World in Data-- From the University of Oxford, insightful "online publication that shows how living conditions around the world are changing. It communicates this empirical knowledge through interactive data visualizations (charts and maps) and by presenting the research findings on global development that explain what drives the changes that we see and what the consequences of these changes are."
• Overseas Development
Institute-- "Britain's leading independent think
tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice
which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of
suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods
in developing countries." Posts many reports, discussion
papers, briefings, toolkits, topical resource libraries,
and so on.
• Oxfam's Policy, Practice, and Research-- Thousands of free Oxfam publications on development: "training manuals, research reports and policy briefs – based on our 70 years in the field, as well as programme overviews, staff profiles and our practitioner blog."
• Oxford Poverty and Human
Development Initiative-- From Oxford University,
posts many studies resultant from its programs "to build
and advance a more systematic methodological and economic
framework for reducing multidimensional poverty, grounded
in people’s experiences and values," through "broadening
poverty measurement, improving data on poverty, building
capacity, and impacting policy." Note especially the
Multidimensional Poverty Index.
• Report on the World Social Situation--
Biennial report from the Division for Social Policy and
Development of the Department of Economic and Social
Affairs of the United Nations, "contributing to the
identification of emerging social trends of international
concern and to the analysis of relationships among major
development issues which have both international and
national dimensions." Full current report and past ones
are available online.
• SciDev.Net-- Science and Development Network, "a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing reliable and authoritative information about science and technology for the developing world... we give policymakers, researchers, the media and civil society information and a platform to explore how science and technology can reduce poverty, improve health and raise standards of living around the world."
• Social Progress Imperative-- An attempt "to advance global human wellbeing, by combining national social performance and capacity indicators with solutions-oriented outreach to sector leaders, and grassroots champions, who together can effect large-scale change." Numerous publications and videos, including the key Social Progress Index, which uses over 50 indicators to measure "the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens."
• Social Watch-- "International
network informed by national citizens' groups aiming at
following up the fulfillment of the internationally agreed
commitments on poverty eradication and equality. These
national groups report, through the national Social Watch
Report[s], on the progress - or regression- towards these
commitments and goals." Posts the annual Social Watch
Report, Global Interactive Map, Gender Equity
Index, and many publications and occasional papers.
• South Centre-- An intergovernmental
organization of developing countries based in
Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated to providing policy
analysis support for equitable development for the global
South, and greater South-South co-operation in promotion
of common interests. Policy papers, studies, and
International-- "The global civil society
organisation leading the fight against corruption... to
create change towards a world free of corruption... by
building momentum for the anti-corruption movement,
raising awareness and diminishing apathy and tolerance of
corruption, as well as devising and implementing practical
actions to address it." TI's many excellent online
corruption surveys, indices, working papers, and reports
analyze and rank countries "in terms of the degree to
which they are perceived to be the homes of... public
officials who abuse their office for personal gain."
• UN Women-- The United Nations Entity
for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women's site
describes the entity's work, and that of others, to
promote women's empowerment and gender equality. Posts
news and online publications on women's issues around the
world, including the biennial Progress of the World's
Women and the World Survey on the Role of Women in
• United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)--
This U.N. agency "protects children and their rights by
providing services and supplies and by helping shape
policy agendas and budgets in the best interests of
children." UNICEF compiles and publishes information on
the situation of children, performance of countries in
caring for children, protection of children's rights, and
its programs for children. Many publications are online
about development as it affects children, such as the
annual The State of the World's Children.
• United Nations Conference on Trade and
Development-- "UNCTAD is the principal organ of the
United Nations General Assembly dealing with trade,
investment and development issues." Site posts major
development studies in summary or full-text, basic
documents, and newsletters. Check out the many UNCTAD
• United Nations Development Programme-- Promotes sustainable human development by
assisting countries to build their capacity to design and
carry out development programs. Online reports and
statistics are available in great quantity. See the major
Development Report, an excellent comprehensive guide
to global human development, with links to regional and country
HDI reports and to other analytical material. The Democratic
Governance section, with publications on democratic
governance, is based on UNDP's efforts to "bring people
together within nations and around the world, fostering
partnerships and sharing ways to promote participation,
accountability and effectiveness at all levels."
• United Nations Research Institute for
Social Development-- UNRISD attempts to provide
governments, development agencies, grassroots
organizations, and scholars with a better understanding of
how development policies and processes of economic,
social, and environmental change affect different social
groups. Online reports and forum.
Women Watch-- Women Watch
is a gateway to U.N. information and data on women
worldwide and a forum on global women's issues, to provide
up to date information on the U.N.'s work on behalf of the
women of the world, track the global agenda for improving
the status of women, and constitute an electronic space
for exchange of information and ideas on women's issues.
• U.S. Agency for International Development-- Extensive development information, reports, data, and news from AID, the "lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential."
• World Bank Group sources:
This ultrarich megasite contains texts, statistics, and
images of thousands of World Bank Reports on development.
Knowledge Repository serves to "increase access to
information at the World Bank and to make its research as
widely available as possible." The News
Page is a helpful stop. The eLibrary
facilitates finding and accessing World Bank publications
and knowledge. Good access points for economic research
data and reports online are the Data, Research and
Outlook, and Documents and Reports pages. Note the Data Catalog,
"a listing of available World Bank datasets, including
databases, pre-formatted tables, reports, and other
resources," such as social, governance, financial,
economic, and climate statistics, data, and reports. The Countries
and Economies page presents time-series tables of
key indicators by country. Also see the data and analysis
available at the Countries page. The Atlas
of Global Development presents development data
clearly with maps, graphs, and analysis. The annual World
Development Indicators is "compiled from
officially-recognized international sources. It presents
the most current and accurate global development data
available, and includes national, regional and global
estimates." The Indicators Databank has hundreds of
indicators from the World Development Indicators data set,
covering over 200 countries from 1960 to date. The Global
Economic Prospects and related sections offer
economic analysis and forecasts. Also see the Topics
page for World Bank reports by topic. The World Bank YouTube
channel posts videos on development topics.
The JOLIS Library Catalog allows you to search the joint library holdings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, the publications of these organizations, and related resources.
The World Development Report section
allows access to the full series of these reports from the
World Bank on major development issues (since 1978). Also
consult World Development Indicators, "the World Bank's
premier annual compilation of data about development." The
Poverty section provides a very
useful and large directory for World Bank reports and data
on poverty around the world. The Gender site highlights projects,
programs, publications, policy, news, and events
concerning women's issues. The Gender Data Portal is "the World
Bank Group’s comprehensive source for the latest
sex-disaggregated data and gender statistics covering
demography, education, health, access to economic
opportunities, public life and decision-making, and
agency." The Worldwide
Governance Indicators project reports and analyzes
aggregate and individual governance indicators on six
dimensions of governance for 215 economies since 1996.
The World Bank Group's Archives Holdings website "is a
state-of-the-art platform, which maximizes the public’s
online access to a vast amount of original primary source
material in the custody of the Archives."
• World Happiness Report-- From the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, "landmark survey of the state of global happiness... describe[s] how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations. The reports review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness," with national rankings.
• World Resources Institute-- A policy research center striving to address
how societies can meet basic human needs and promote
economic growth without undermining natural resources and
environmental integrity. This site posts a large number of
full-text studies, maps, data, and other resources. Note