Insightful Blogs on International
Development Issues-- World
Bank Blogs, Blogs
at Worldwatch, Center
for Global Development, Global
Development (The Guardian), The
Democracy Report (The Atlantic), Development
Channel (Council on Foreign Relations), Policy
and Practice (Oxfam)
AidData-- "Comprehensive database on
development finance"..."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
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 program documentation, with
over 137,500 documents available for electronic download."
Also much information on U.S. foreign aid per se.
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-- Posts and 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."
Governance and Social
Development Resource Centre-- Excellent site from
the University of Birmingham, UK that "provides
cutting-edge knowledge services on demand and online. It
aims to help reduce poverty by informing policy and
practice in relation to governance, conflict and social
development." Plentiful high quality resources are
available through a research help desk, useful topic
guides, gateway guides, and a large document library.
Institute of Development Studies--
From the University of Sussex, England, maintains a Knowledge
Services hub that comprises 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 searchable database of thousands of
papers online at its site or linked. Of special interest
is the Eldis
Google development websearch limited area search
engine, which "enables you to search the full content of
over 4000 development focused websites, as selected by
Eldis editors." Also note the Resource Guides
and Topics section.
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 document library, "an up to date collection of the most credible publications available on governance, conflict, and social development issues."
Weitzenegger Consulting-- 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
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."
SD Gateway-- Indispensable, top-rate
entry point to a wealth of online information from some of
the world's leading sustainable development institutes,
members of the Sustainable Development Communications
Studying-Development.org-- "Initiative set up by a small group of former London School of Economics development students. Our aim is to provide an easy to use online directory to courses in international development... to help orientate those wishing to enter, or already active in the field of International Development. This directory is international in scope and covers professional training, as well as university degree courses."
• 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."
• Brooks World Poverty Institute-- "At the University of Manchester... an international centre of excellence established to create and share knowledge to end poverty, in both North and South, and to shape policies that deliver real gains for people in poverty." Posts Institute studies on the topic.
• 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.
for International Development-- At Harvard
University, "a university-wide center that works to
advance the understanding of development challenges and
offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty...
focusing on resolving the dilemmas of public policy
associated with generating stable, shared, and sustainable
prosperity in developing countries." Posts many varied
studies on this topic.
• Change Readiness Index-- From KPMG, in collaboration with Oxford Economics, "an index which assesses the ability of 90 countries (developed and developing) to manage change and cultivate the resulting opportunity." Features "in-depth country profiles including specific strengths and opportunities, country, region and income level comparisons, and full rankings list for the overall CRI and the three pillars (Enterprise Capability, Government Capability, and People & Civil Society Capability)." Full report available in PDF.
• Cities Alliance-- "Global coalition of cities and their development partners committed to scaling up successful approaches to poverty reduction," sponsored by the World Bank and other organizations. Offers news items, newsletter, annual report, analytical publications, discussions of best practices, and city evaluation and action strategies.
• Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity-- Co-ordinated from the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex "to develop and encourage the application of knowledge to improve access to basic education... [with] a programme of research focused on countries in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to analyse policy and practice designed to reduce exclusion." Offers reports, information, bibliographic database, and more. Note especially the CREATE Gateway that "provides links to resources related to access issues in education."
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,
• 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.
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.
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 World.
• 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." Features free software 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 Development Network-- A
worldwide collaborative initiative of development
institutions, to generate and share knowledge,
policy-oriented research, and techniques. Site has
information on the project.
Distribution of Poverty-- "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
of poverty, studies, project methods, and Where the Poor are: An Atlas of Poverty.
Gender Gap Report-- Annual report by the World
Economic Forum, a world-class organization of leaders from
business, government, academia, and the media. "The Report
measures the size of the gender gap [around the world] in
four critical areas of inequality between men and women:
economic participation and opportunity, educational
attainment, political empowerment, and health and
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
• 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
• Inter-American Development Bank--
Publications and information on varied developmental
issues in Latin America and the Caribbean are available
from this intergovernmental organization.
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 a searchable library of
thousands of "reports, policy briefs, toolkits and
position papers on a range of topics for researchers,
policymakers, program implementers and others."
• 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 Hunger Index. Note the open
access policy information Food Security Portal and the Knowledge
Management Unit, with a search facility for online
resources on the topics of hunger and poverty.
• 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 Institute for Sustainable
mission is to promote sustainable development in decision
making, internationally and within Canada. Many online
resources. Compendium: A Global Directory to
Indicator Initiatives provides an overview of
initiatives on sustainable development indicators being
carried out at the international, national, and
provincial/territorial/state levels, "a worldwide
directory of who is doing what in the field of
• International Monetary Fund Publications--
Extensive search facility for IMF titles, many of which
appear in full text, although some must be ordered. Note
the quarterly journal Finance and Development. Country Information provides access
to online economic and financial information and analysis
reports for many countries.
• 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."
• MEASURE DHS-- "Has provided
technical assistance to more than 200 surveys in 75
countries, advancing global understanding of health and
population trends in developing countries... to improve
and institutionalize the collection and use of data by
host countries for program monitoring and evaluation and
for policy development decisions." Posts a large
publications database, country and topical data, and data
from the surveys, with several user-generated online
• National Endowment for Democracy--
Private, nonprofit U.S. organization created in 1983 to
strengthen democratic institutions around the world
through nongovernmental efforts. Note especially the Democracy
Resource Center Library, which "holds approximately
20,000 works collected over the past twenty-five years
from NED grantees and other sources," searchable through
an online catalog. The Journal of Democracy posts some
• 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
rapidly. OECD statistics and many data sets
are posted online. The Publishing
section is a good place to start searching for
publications, as are the Library and the
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." An interactive eXplorer feature allows Factbook
time-series data manipulation on a world map and a scatter
plot screen. Read the online version of the OECD
Observer magazine for a topical approach to the
latest interests of OECD research.
• 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."
• 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.
the Children-- Nonprofit organization that works in
the U.S. and many developing countries "to help children
and families improve their health, education and economic
opportunities" and also mobilizes "rapid life-support
assistance for children and families caught in the
tragedies of natural and man-made disasters." Note their
annual online "State of the World's Mothers"
• 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 in Geneva,
Switzerland, dedicated to providing policy analysis
support for equitable development for the global South,
and greater South-South co-operation. Policy papers,
studies, and newsletter online.
• Third World Network-- Reports and
angles on development issues from the perspectives of the
developing countries, from an independent non-profit
international network of organizations and individuals
involved in issues relating to development, the Third
World, and North- South issues. Numerous publications
online and links to others off-site.
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."
• UNESCO Water Portal-- "Intended to
enhance access to information related to freshwater
available on the World Wide Web. The site provides links
to the current UNESCO and UNESCO-led programmes on
freshwater and will serve as an interactive point for
sharing, browsing and searching websites of water-related
organizations, government bodies and NGOs, including a
range of categories such as water links, water events,
learning modules and other on-line resources." Note as
well UNESCO's World Water Assessment Program.
• 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 Development.
• 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 annual
Development Report, an excellent comprehensive guide
to global human development, with links to regional and
national HDI reports. 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."
Development-- Covers a wide range of developmental
and environmental issues. E-learning materials "have been
designed to help learners explore the MDGs [and to] guide
participants through using the international data service
ESDS International and provide
learners with an increased understanding of... the
potential of that data for use in their own research or
• 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 information, reports, and links from AID, the
U.S. government agency that provides economic development
and humanitarian assistance to advance U.S. economic and
political interests overseas.
Bank eAtlas of the Millennium Development Goals-- Created
by Collins Geo, "lets you visualize and map the indicators
that measure progress toward the [eight] Goals, with clear
explanations of each Goal and its related Targets as the
context. When you select an indicator, the eAtlas creates
a world map keyed to that indicator, with country rankings
and data in your choice of tables or graphs."
• World Bank Group sources:
This ultrarich, highly searchable megasite contains texts,
statistics, and images of thousands of World Bank Reports
on development. The Open
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
reports online are the Data and Research and Documents and Reports pages. Note the World Bank 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.
is an "analysis and visualisation tool that contains
collections of time series data on a variety of topics."
Also see the data and analysis available at the Countries page. Data by Topics presents country data
on many variables. The Atlas
of Global Development presents development data
clearly with maps, graphs, and analysis. The Indicators Databank has hundreds of
indicators from the World Development Indicators set,
covering over 200 countries from 1960 to date. The World Databank also presents a range of
indicators and data. Also see the Research and Topics in Development pages for many
other World Bank reports. The
World Bank YouTube
channel posts videos on development topics.
theHive is an
interactive, action-oriented "knowledge platform on
fragility, conflict, and violence, which provides both an
online and face-to-face communication platform for the
community of practice working on these issues to share and
build knowledge," with many partner organizations.
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.
Mapping for Results
gives you "a visual entry point to browse projects, news,
statistics and public information center by country"
concerning World Bank projects.
The World Bank Annual Report is online. The Complete World Development Report Online section allows searchable 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. GenderStats is "an electronic database of gender statistics and indicators designed with user-friendly, menu-driven features," with data by country and category. The Worldwide Governance Indicators project reports and analyzes aggregate and individual governance indicators on six dimensions of governance for 213 economies over the period from 1996 to 2010.
• 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 has a large number of
full-text searchable studies and other resources online
(such as databanks), by location and subject. Read their World
Resources Report online.
• Worldwatch Institute-- Informs policymakers and the public
about emerging global problems and trends and the complex
links between the world economy and its environmental
support systems, with the motto "independent research for
an environmentally sustainable and socially just society."
Free and paid downloads of reports and articles.