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European Forest Ecosystem Research Network A pan-European network initiative which aims to promote co-ordination of forest ecosystem research and to improve communication among scientists working in that field.

The International Institute for Environment and Development is an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, consensus building and public information. http://www.oneworld.org/iied/

International Institute for Sustainable Development tries to move sustainable development from concept to practice in business, trade, community adaptation and security. http://iisd1.iisd.ca

LEAD (Leadership for Environment And Development) intends to inspire a course of development that is defined as environmentally responsible, culturally acceptable, economically viable and politically feasible. The LEAD Program trains mid-career professionals using a combination of interdisciplinary methods, interactive skills building and global networking. http://www.lead.org/

The Sustainable Development Web site of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions aims to address the needs of social partners at all levels in their activities to promote sustainable development, from company level to policy level. http://susdev.eurofound.ie

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) seeks to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. http://w3.iprolink.ch/iucnlib/

World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), the world's largest independent conservation organization, aims to stop, and eventually reverse, the degradation of our planet's natural environment, and to help build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. http://www.panda.org


BRIDGE (Briefings on Gender and Development) provides tailor-made briefings on gender issues on request. The briefings present state of the art research findings, review current policy debates, synthesize best practice and evaluate strategies for translating gender policies into practice. http://www.ids.ac.uk/bridge

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) is a network providing links to information and resources, grants and opportunities for women. http://www.cpsr.org/program/gender

Gender and Sexuality provides links to texts focusing on discussions of sex, gender, sexual identity and sexuality in cultural practices. http://eserver.org/gender/

Gender, Science and Technology: International Policy Issues links to the IFIAS Gender, Science and Development Program, which aims to improve the overall quality of life for women through research and policy advocacy. http://www.ifias.ca/gsd/gsdinfo.html

Gender in Development Programme provides an overview of the policies and programmes of the United Nations Development Programme for gender equality and the advancement of women at the global, regional and national levels. http://www.undp.org/undp/gender/

Gender Issues provides gender-related links ranging from communications issues to sexuality from the Faculty of Language and Culture in Nagoya University, Japan.

Global Fund for Women is the only US-based organization that exclusively supports international women's rights groups. GFW's three areas of concern are female human rights, women's access to media and communications technology and women's economic autonomy. http://www.igc.apc.org/gfw/

International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting social and economic development for women in developing and transition countries. http://www.icrw.org

London School of Economics and Political Science Gender Institute provides information about the Institute, its courses, staff, research interests and postgraduate programmes. Established in 1993, the Institute addresses the major intellectual challenges posed by contemporary changes in gender relations. http://www.lse.ac.uk/depts/gender/

The Gender Research Network links CGIAR centres, national research institutes and universities involved in gender and intra-household research. The network includes Gender-CG, an e-mail network; a newsletter; and Gender-Prop, an e-mail conference on gender and property rights.

United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women is the focal point for gender issues in the UN system. DAW services the main UN policy-making body on women's issues and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, which monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. http://www.undp.org/fwcw/daw.htm

Women and International Development Program, Michigan State University (WID-MSU) carries out teaching, research and service by bringing together faculty and students from a broad spectrum of university departments and units interested in processes of global transformation and relations of gender, class, race and nationality. http://www.isp.msu.edu/wid/

Women and Population is part of the Sustainable Dimensions Web site, which is a service of the Sustainable Development Department of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. This page focuses on women in rural development. http://www.fao.org/WAICENT/FAOINFO/

Women's Issues - 3rd World discusses different aspects of women lives in order to explore the advancement of women in society. The site includes information about the role of women in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. http://women3rdworld.miningco.com/

WomensNet supports women's organizations by providing and adapting telecommunications technology to enhance their work.


The Association for Progressive Communications is a network of Internet providers serving NGOs and citizen activists. APC provides a wide range of services and support to link people, issues, resources and tools for action. http://www.apc.org/

Africa News Online provides up-to-date information on all of Africa, with reports from Africa's leading newspapers, magazines and news agencies. http://www.africanews.org/

Diarios y Revistas en Latinoamérica is an index of Latin American newspapers and magazines by country.

The Earth Times is an independent daily publication on environment and current affairs.

Editor & Publisher Interactive is an online industry news site offering media information and links, as well as conference information. http://www.mediainfo.com
INDO Link provides links to news from India and Indian communities. http://www.indolink.com/INDNews/index.html

Panos Institute London is a source of news, opinions and perspectives from developing countries on a wide range of topics about the developing world. The subjects covered are often complex, controversial and neglected by the mainstream media. http://www.oneworld.org/panos/


The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers has been created by seven international NGOs - Amnesty International, Defence for Children International, Human Rights Watch, International Federation Terre des Hommes, International Save the Children Alliance, Jesuit Refugee Service and Quaker UN Office (Geneva) - convinced that the appalling situation faced by child soldiers should no longer be tolerated. http://www.child-soldiers.org/

The Development Group for Alternative Policies (The Development GAP) works to ensure that the knowledge, priorities and efforts of the women and men of the South inform decisions made in the North about their economies and the environments in which they live. The Development GAP collaborates with citizens' organizations to demonstrate practical alternatives to prevailing policies and programs. http://www.developmentgap.org/

Développement International Desjardins (DID) maintains a Web site that describes the institution's mission, history, areas of expertise and projects, as well as its partners, clients and activities. http://www.did.qc.ca

Education with Enterprise Trust (EWET) is a South African non-profit organization with a mission to "enable communities through development assistance for them to become the masters of their own destinies." http://www.ewet.org.za

Global Policy Forum (GPF) addresses issues related to the United Nations and to social and economic policy at the global level. The GPF Web site is designed to be used by the general public as well as by students and specialists. GPF, which works in partnership with many NGOs around the world, seeks to broaden citizen voices within the UN system. http://www.globalpolicy.org/

InterAction is a coalition of US-based nonprofit organizations working to promote human dignity and development in countries around the world.

International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) is a global non-governmental organization which represents a wide range of national and international member organizations that seek to advance social welfare, social justice and social development. http://www.icsw.org

Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM) is a citizens' organization concerned with building democracy by strengthening citizens' organizations; promoting respect for human rights, especially encouraging free expression and access to information; and contributing to research, diagnosis and resolution of problems that affect the Third World. http://www.item.org.uy/

Oxfam is a development and relief agency working to put an end to poverty world-wide.

Partnerships for Development Models assists people and organizations (businesspeople, local government councillors and employees, and community leaders) to forge partnerships for the good of the local community. http://www.ewet.org.za/pdm/pdm.html

State of the World Forum fosters interactions and broad-ranging discussions on topics ranging from spirituality to global security, science to art, business to ecology and human rights to strategic social change.

World Economic Forum seeks to address, in an action-oriented way, the key economic, social and political issues on the global agenda. http://www.weforum.org/

Youth Enterprise Society is a school-based, club movement that develops the entrepreneurial competencies of grate 9-11 students through a community-based and action-learning approach. http://www.ewet.org.za/yes/yes.html

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA), a voluntary organization based in Mumbai, India, since 1984, takes up the issues of the oppressed and marginalized, children, youth and women in rural and urban areas. http://www.south-asian-initiative.org/yuva

 Research institutes

European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) promotes development research and training activities in economic, social, cultural, technological, institutional and environmental areas. http://www.eadi.org

Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
is an international authority on development research and teaching. The IDS site houses one of the world's foremost development libraries on-line.


International Development Research Centre IDRC 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. http://www.idrc.ca/index_e.html

International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study (IFIAS) is a network of about 40 scientific research institutions from 25 countries that address global policy issues. http://www.ifias.ca/index1.html

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) aims to promote and advance sustainable democracy and to improve and consolidate electoral processes worldwide. International IDEA is independent of specific national interests and provides a forum for interaction and exchange of experiences among a variety of global actors involved in promotion of democracy. http://www.int-idea.se

Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) is an international, non-governmental, non-profit network dedicated to promoting academic research, discussion and dissemination in the social sciences.

North-South Institute is an independent, non-governmental research institute in Canada. It supports global efforts to strengthen international development cooperation, improve governance in developing countries, enhance gender and social equity in globalizing markets, and prevent ethnic and other conflict. http://www.web.apc.org/~nsi/links.htm

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is engaged in policy-related research based around three groups: natural resources, humanitarian policy and international economic development http://www.oneworld.org/odi/index.html

The Overseas Development Council, an independent, international policy research institution, focuses its work on the interrelationship of globalization and development, and on how to improve multilateral responses to these challenges. http://www.odc.org

World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER) is a research and training centre of the United Nations University dedicated to the study of major global economic processes for the purpose of fostering widespread improvements in human life and society. http://www.wider.unu.edu/welcome.htm

 Social Summit follow-up

    At its special session in 1996, the United Nations Commission for Social Development was given primary responsibility for follow-up to the Social Summit. At its Thirty-Seventh Session (9-19 February 1999), three valuable documents were produced: Follow-Up to the World Summit for Social Development, E/CN.5/1999/2; Further Initiatives for the Implementation of the Outcome of the WSSD, E/CN.5/1999/3; and Report of the Secretary-General on the Outcome of the WSSD, E/CN.5/1999/4. All are available on-line. http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/social.htm

    The Copenhagen Seminars for Social Progress promote reflection on the concepts and values that might help nations and the international community address the societal problems of our time. The following seminars have been held thus far: A World Economy for the Benefit of All; Humane Markets for Humane Societies; and Political Culture and Institutions for a Global Community. Documentation from two of the seminars and other information are available on-line. http://www.um.dk/english/udenrigspolitik/socsummit/

    ECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) has held a series of sub-regional follow-up conferences to the Social Summit. These collaborative efforts between various UN agencies have taken up the following themes: Progress in Poverty Reduction; Progress in Employment Creation; Progress in Achieving the Objectives of the Social Sectors; and Progress in Governance. Background, objectives, indicators and other information on the conferences are featured on the ECA's Web site in a section entitled The Sub-regional Follow-up Conferences to the World Summit for Social Development. http://www.un.org/Depts/eca/

    The ESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) Web site includes complete documentation of ministerial conferences, recent ESCAP resolutions and publications relevant to Summit follow-up. Relevant information can be found in the Activities section of the site, under Implementation of the Agenda for Action on Social Development in the ESCAP Region. http://www.unescap.org/sps/index.htm

    The Gateway to Social Policy and Development, the Web site of the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development (DPSD) contains information on Summit follow-up, with a focus on country-level actions. http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/

    The German NGO Forum, founded in 1994, works at the national and international levels on issues of social development. In follow-up to the Social Summit, the NGO Forum has published Human Priorities for Development: Basic Social Services as a New Focal Point in Development Cooperation. The document is available on-line. http://www.epo.de/2020/index.html

    International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE) aims to be an effective and strong voice in international fora, articulating a clear analysis of world poverty and structural injustices, through advocacy and lobbying work. Advocacy work currently focuses on debt and structural adjustment, social development (Copenhagen +5), coherence of policies, peace building and trade. http://www.cidse.be

    The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), an NGO promoting social welfare, social development and social justice through training, research and advocacy, maintains a Web site that lists regional, national and international meetings that have taken place since the Social Summit, as well as other inter-governmental, governmental and NGO follow-up initiatives. http://www.icsw.org/

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is carrying out Country Employment Policy Reviews in selected countries. Through this initiative, the ILO is supporting member states in their attempts to formulate policies and programmes leading toward full employment, with respect for basic workers' rights, in fulfilment of Commitment 3 of the Copenhagen Declaration. http://www.ilo.org/public/english/60empfor/polemp/prog4.htm

    Social Development Indicators is a database of indicators on social development in UN member states. Historical commitments to eradicate poverty, ensure employment and enhance social integration were agreed in Copenhagen by the largest gathering ever of heads of state and government, yet their implementation requires the informed participation of citizens. This site offers access to the basic data in order to contribute to that endeavour. http://www.socwatch.org.uy/indicators/index.html

    The Social Summit Home Page is an information node on the Social Summit, including links to Summit documents in both French and English. http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/wssd.html

    Social Watch is an NGO watchdog system that monitors the performance of governments in meeting the targets of social progress to which they subscribed at United Nations summits. The Web site includes information found in the four Social Watch Reports that have been published to date. http://www.socwatch.org.uy/

    Following the Social Summit, the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) launched a programme to assist countries in their efforts to comply with the Copenhagen commitments, by supporting the formulation of national strategies and action plans to fight poverty. The Social Development and Poverty Elimination Division (SEPED) of UNDP's Bureau for Development Policy supports these efforts. http://www.undp.org:80/seped/
    SEPED also maintains a Poverty Home Page containing useful information. http://www.undp.org/poverty/

    For information on the role of the World Bank in the Special Session and preparations. http://wbln0018.worldbank.org/essd/essd.nsf/Social+Development/World+Summit+home

 Urban governance

Alternativa is a non-governmental centre for social research and popular education located in Lima, Peru. Alternativa works to link participatory planning at the local level with sectoral policies in order to create the foundations for integrated development and democracy.

The Best Practices & Local Leadership Programme is a global network of institutions dedicated to the identification and exchange of successful solutions for sustainable development. The site contains information on initiatives in such areas as housing, urban development and governance, the environment, economic development, social inclusion, crime prevention, poverty reduction, women, youth, infrastructure and social services identified by the BLP partners' network. The site also contains a useful list of links to other best practices sites. http://www.sustainabledevelopment.org/blp

Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE) is a South African non-profit agency that carries out programme-oriented and policy research in the socio-economic, political and developmental fields. http://www.pcb.co.za/case/

East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP) is a co-operatively managed assistance and development programme that brings together academicians and neighbourhood groups to work on development projects that address the immediate and long-term needs of some of the city's poorest communities. http://imlab9.landarch.uiuc.edu/~eslarp/

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is an independent agency of the United States government that works in Latin America and the Caribbean to promote equitable, responsive and participatory development. http://www.iaf.gov

Global Urban Research Initiative (GURI) has become the largest urban research network in the world. Its central purpose is to build local knowledge within the development community in order to better inform government policy and international assistance programmes in the field of urban development. http://www.chass.utoronto.ca:8080/guri/

Pólis is a non-governmental organization located in São Paulo, Brazil. Through consultancy, training and research activities, it aims to encourage popular participation in local-level decision-making and the implementation of policies to fight economic and social exclusion. http://www.polis.com.br

Local Government and International Development Resource Centre is a Web site that contains information on reform and innovations in management in local government; ideas about new ways of providing public services; access to best practices from all over the world; and encourages the strengthening communication channels for international cooperation. http://web.bham.ac.uk/l.montiel/logov/

 Other resources

Academic Journals on the WWW can be found via this listing compiled by the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Most of the sites contain abstracts, some archives and ordering information, and a few also contain articles. http://www.aber.ac.uk/~inpwww/res/journals.htm

Africanists in the Netherlands is a searchable database of nearly 500 individual scientists and 200 institutions specialized in research on Africa. http://www.nuffic.nl/africanists/

Arab Social Science Research links to the Associate Centers of the Arab Institute for Studies and Communication, and to other social science centres in the region and in other parts of the world. http://www.assr.org/vlibrary/center/index.html

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library is a global collaborative project providing access "in bibliographic and in hypertext terms" to networked scholarly documents, resources and information systems relevant to Asian Studies. http://coombs.anu.edu.au/WWWVL-AsianStudies.html

The Alternative Finance Web site (run by Internediate Technology Publications) provides articles and information on all aspects of alternative finance. http://www.alternative-finance.org.uk/

Center For World Indigenous Studies provides a comprehensive list of links to Fourth World Web sites and resources. http://www.halcyon.com/FWDP/othernet.html

NEW! Changemakers.net is a Web guide to social entrepreneurship. The site provides resources, inspiring ideas and opportunities for social entrepreneurs and those interested in learning more about innovative social change. http://www.changemakers.net

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) is an alliance of computer scientists and others concerned about the impact of computer technology on society. http://www.cpsr.org/

Devline provides electronic information services and systems for development professionals and everyone else working on issues of economic, social and sustainable development. http://www.ids.ac.uk/

ELDIS Electronic Development and Environment Information System is a gateway to information sources on development and the environment. The Web site includes full text sources and a guide on using the Internet for development research. http://www.ids.ac.uk/eldis/eldis.html

Foreign Policy in Focus is a joint effort of the Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Each publication in this series of briefs on foreign policy issues offers policy recommendations for a more responsible and visionary US foreign policy. Full-text briefs are available on-line. http://www.foreignpolicy-infocus.org

ID21 (Information for Development in the 21st Century) links development research and researchers directly to policy makers and development practitioners around the world. It contains a searchable on-line collection of short digests of the latest social and economic research studies across 30 topic fields. http://www.id21.org

IFLANET , the Web site of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), contains a list of Web-accessible national libraries and other major libraries of the world. http://ifla.inist.fr/II/natlibs.htm

INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications) is a co-operative network of partners aiming to improve world-wide access to scientific information. http://www.oneworld.org/inasp/

InfoTech On-line Resources provides a list of links gathered by the UNRISD Information Technologies and Social Development Project to on-line articles and bibliographies, information on conferences, electronic discussion groups, projects and organizations working in this area. http://www.unrisd.org/infotech/links/links.htm

The International Labour Organization Web site contains working papers, conference documents, publications and information on the on-going activities of the ILO, which pertain to the field of work - business, child labour, workers' rights, poverty eradication, globalization, and occupational safety and health. http://www.ilo.org

The ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean also maintains a Web site containing a wealth of information in Spanish. http://www.ilolim.org.pe

The International Organization for Migration Web site contains information about the work of IOM and its field offices, publications and a link to Migration Web, a gateway to migration-related information on the Internet. http://www.iom.int

NEW! International Reform Monitor is a network of 16 internationally distinguished think-tanks and institutions, which report on contemporary and current reforms in social policy, labour market policy and industrial relations. http://www.reformmonitor.org

International Relations and Security Network (ISN) is an electronic clearinghouse for resources and institutions in the fields of international relations and security studies. It is run by the Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research at the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. http://www.isn.ethz.ch/

Internet Public Library provides a mixture of traditional and innovative library services via the Internet, including a comprehensive list of online texts and a reference collection. The Library is staffed by experienced librarians, with the assistance of students from the School of Information at the University of Michigan. http://www.ipl.org/
For users in Europe, the site is mirrored at http://ipl.ub.lu.se/

Latin American Network Information Center aims to provide Latin American users with access to academic databases and information services throughout the Internet world, and to provide Latin Americanists around the world with access to information on and from Latin America. http://www.lanic.utexas.edu/

Libweb is a directory of library home pages with links to over 2000 libraries in over 70 countries. It can be searched by location, library type, name or other information.

Multinational Resource Center is designed to help Southern activists, journalists, academics and others with information on the activities of multinational corporations, including history and environmental and safety problems associated with their products and operations. The Center responds to individual requests for information on a case-by-case basis. http://www.essential.org/clearinghouse

Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) of the Inter-American Development Bank maintains a Web site with information and publications on economic research and development policy in Latin America. http://www.iadb.org/oce

Official Web Site Locator for the United Nations System of Organizations provides a comprehensive list of links to UN agencies, available in French and English. http://www.unsystem.org/

NGLS, the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service, promotes dialogue and cooperation between the United Nations and non-governmental organizations in the fields of development education, information and policy advocacy on global sustainable development issues. Their Web site contains a number of publications and other information. http://ngls.tad.ch

PACT Publications is a clearinghouse of educational materials and training tools for the international community. http://www.pactworld.org/

The Political Database of the Americas, run by the Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies, provides documentary and statistical information on Latin American politics. http://www.georgetown.edu/LatAmerPolitical/

Post-Conflict Reconstruction provides a list of links on post-conflict issues from the UNRISD/PSIS War-torn Societies Project. http://www.unrisd.org/wsp/blocks.htm

The Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) Database is a vast collection of working papers (56,000), articles (10,000) and software components (300) accessible for free. Over 13,000 items are available on-line in full text. http://ideas.uqam.ca/

The RRojas Databank contains full-text of many books, papers, notes and statistical materials related to economics and development studies, as well as links to numerous other sources of information in these disciplines. http://www.rrojasdatabank.org

SANGONeT, Southern Africa's non-profit Internet service provider, is a regional electronic information and communications network. It aims to deliver relevant information to people working in development, and takes an integrated approach to communication and information networking. SANGONeT also aims to build capacity in organizations through the use of electronic communication and information access. http://wn.apc.org/

Social Science Information Gateway is an on-line catalogue of Internet resources relevant to social science education and research. http://sosig.ac.uk/

South Centre generates ideas and proposals for consideration by governments of the South on major policy issues, institutions of South-South co-operation, inter-governmental organizations of the South, non-governmental organizations and the community at large.

Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research is an experiment in applied peace research and global networking. Its philosophy is that alternatives to the main world trends are desirable and possible and indeed necessary for humankind to survive and live with dignity in a less violent future. http://www.transnational.org/

UnCover is a database of current article information taken from well over 17,000 multidisciplinary journals. UnCover contains brief descriptive information for over 7,000,000 articles that have appeared since fall 1988, and can be searched using keywords to access article titles and summaries. http://uncweb.carl.org  

NEW! UNESCO Culture and Development UNESCO has always emphasized the linkages between culture and the broader aims of human endeavour. This has been part of its core constitutional mandate of "advancing, through the educational, scientific and cultural relations of the peoples of the world, the objectives of peace and the common welfare of mankind". http://www.unesco.org/culture/development/wccd/html_eng/index_en.htm

United Nations Gateway to Social Policy and Development includes links to information on ageing, cooperatives, employment, eradication of poverty, families, persons with disabilities and youth. http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/

United Nations System-Wide Sustainable Development Web Site presents country- and issue-specific information on sustainable development, based on national reports to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Social, natural resources-related, economic and institutional issues are covered. http://www.un.org/esa/agenda21/natlinfo/

UN Wire provides concise, daily information on the United Nations, global affairs and key international issues including health, environment and sustainable development, women and population, international human rights, UN reform, and peacekeeping and security. It also features links to full-text, audio, video and additional sources of information on the Internet. http://www.unfoundation.org/unwire

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