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The Global Development Network has a three-pronged strategy which guides its programs around the world.  Download the full strategy paper here.

GDN's present portfolio includes these programs below

  1. Annual Global Development Conference 2017. An international conference on the role of Science Technology & Innovation for Sustainable Development. For more information please contact [email protected]
  2. Building Research Capacity in Least Developed Countries. A program funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The pilot ended in March 2017 and GDN is seeking to scale up this line of work. After a successful pilot, GDN is seeking to scale up this intervention. Please contact [email protected] for details.
  3. Development Aid Effectiveness in Africa.  A program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) till May 2018 to promote African research on key development issues. For details contact [email protected]
  4. Doing Research - Assessing the Environment for Social Science Research in Developing Countries. A program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). After a successful pilot which consists of seven studies in 11 developing countries, which informed a systematic approach for assessing and benchmarking social science research systems, GDN is seeking to scale up this intervention. Please contact [email protected] for details.
  5. EIB-GDN Program in Applied Development Finance. A program funded by the European Investment Bank till November 2019. For details contact [email protected].
  6. Global Dev. A soon-to-be launched blog focused on global development research and expert opinion on a variety of topics to inform policymakers about the latest trends and analysis emerging from research in developing and transition countries around the world. For details contact [email protected] 
  7. Global Development Awards Competition. An annual competition funded by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan through the Policy & Human Resources Development Fund and the Japan Social Development Fund of the World Bank. For details contact [email protected]
  8. Mobilizing Local Knowledge to Improve Competititiveness Strategies. A project funded by the World Bank focused on the role of  manufacturing in economic transformation. Please contact [email protected] for details.
  9. Natural Resource Management - Natural Wealth Accounting. A program funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD), French Ministry of Foreign A­ffairs and International Development (MAEDI). After a successful pilot, GDN is seeking to scale up funding for this line of work. Please contact [email protected] for more details.
  10. Quality & Productivity Improvement in the Private and Public Sector: Roles and Lessons from Kaizen ApproachesA program funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency - Research Institute (JICA-RI). Please contact [email protected] for details.
  11. Strengthening the Research Capacity of Small Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to Promote Better Informed  Policymaking. This program is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) till April 2018.  For details contact [email protected] 

For more information, please go to programs from the navigation bar on this website, or contact the Head of Programs, Francesco Obino, on [email protected] 



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