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AMIDSt Views: 10864
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AMIDSt is a major international centre for research in the areas of human geography, international development studies, and planning and spatial policies and belongs to the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the Universiteit van Amsterdam. AMIDSt was established in 2004 as a result of a merger between AME, the Amsterdam research centre for the Metropolitan Environment and AGIDS, the Amsterdam research institute for Global Issues and Development Studies. Notwithstanding clear continuities, AMIDSt will develop new research approaches linking the hitherto disparate fields of the former AME and AGIDS institutes.

Ashoka Views: 10854
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Ashoka's mission is to shape a citizen sector that is entrepreneurial, productive and globally integrated, and to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world. Ashoka identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs - extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities - supporting the individual, idea and institution through all phases of their career. Once elected to Ashoka, Fellows benefit from being part of the global Fellowship for life. Ashoka's vision is that of a global society that is able to respond quickly and effectively to social challenges everywhere. Ashoka does not accept government funding; business entrepreneurs and their foundations, corporations, individuals and volunteer chapters finance Ashoka's work. Ashoka has invested in more than 1,500 Ashoka Fellows in 53 countries. Those Fellows have transformed the lives of millions of people in thousands of communities worldwide.

CBI Views: 10881
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The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) is established in 1971 and is an Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CBI operates within the policy framework set by the Netherlands Minister for Development Co-operation. The organisation consists of 4 departments. The number of staff employed by CBI is around 25. Besides, CBI calls on the assistance of a large number of consultants for the implementation of activities.

CERES Views: 10847
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CERES is a problem-oriented school in the field of development studies. Its mission consists of three interrelated objectives: 1. To programme and execute research; 2. To offer training facilities for PhD candidates in the context of a well-structured framework; 3. To assist in research capacity building in developing countries. The mission of CERES focuses on resource problematics, in which many development problems either find their origin. Resources are not only natural but also human, including capital and knowledge; in fact, CERES' main thrust is the interaction between human and natural resources. Its core research question focuses on the processes and principles underlying perception, access, control and management of those resources in developing countries, and their implications for development. Its problem orientation indicates a multidisciplinary and comparative approach, using a variety of paradigms and a multilevel methodology, ranging from case studies to global surveys.

Comunica Views: 10869
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Comunica's network researches and supports the use of new information and communication technologies by local and independent media in less developed countries to reinforce local initiatives for development and democracy.

CorpWatch Views: 10852
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CorpWatch counters corporate-led globalization through education, network-building and activism. We work to foster democratic control over corporations by building grassroots globalization a diverse movement for human rights and dignity, labor rights and environmental justice.

Development Gateway Foundation Views: 10860
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The Development Gateway Foundation is an enabler of development. We help improve people’s lives in developing countries by building partnerships and information systems that provide access to knowledge for development. We exploit powerful and affordable information and communication technologies (ICT) that were previously unavailable to: a) Increase knowledge sharing; b) Enhance development effectiveness; c) Improve public sector transparency; and d) Build local capacity to empower communities. The Development Gateway is an independent not-for-profit organization. It was conceived by World Bank President James Wolfensohn and initially developed in the World Bank. Operations began in July 2001.

Dgroups Views: 10847
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Welcome to Dgroups, the starting point for fostering groups and communities in international development. We are a partnership which caters to both individuals and organisations by offering tools and services that bring people together. Whether you are trying to support a team, a group, a network, a partnership or a community, we hope to provide you with the capacity to do this in an environment which is simple, non-commercial, respectful of privacy, and targeted at low bandwidth users in the South.

Digital Dividend Network Views: 10886
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The Digital Dividend Network is produced and coordinated by the Benton Foundation. The website offers a range of information, tools and resources that help practitioners stay on top of the digital divide developments. It also serves as a forum where practitioners can share their experiences with colleagues around the world. The site looks at causes and effects of the digital divide from four distinct angles: technology access, literacy and learning, content, and economic development.

Digital Opportunity Channel Views: 10849
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Digital Opportunity Channel is a joint endeavour of OneWorld and the Digital Divide Network. By joining hands, the two organisations seek to bring in a global perspective to the discussion over ICTs and the digital divide. ICTs by themselves cannot be drivers of social transformation; they cannot substitute for good governance, economic reform or social policies. But they can create new employment opportunities, increase efficiency and productivity, and supplement development efforts. ICTs also widen civic participation, and support welfare services. Healthcare, education services, disaster assistance and environmental protection, for instance, can be delivered and used more efficiently through ICTs. Above all, ICTs can be valuable tools for people in overcoming development obstacles.

ELDIS Views: 10849
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ELDIS is a gateway to information on development issues, providing free and easy access to wide range of high quality online resources. ELDIS provides summaries and links to online documents. ELDIS offers a directory of websites, databases, library catalogues and email discussion lists. ELDIS's resource guides offer easy access to information on a wide range of subjects.

Environment and ICT Working Group Views: 10864
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The Environment and ICT Working Group of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, works on the impacts of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on the environment. The Group also serves as the Environment Caucus set up under the Civil Society Coordinating Group (CSCG) following PrepCom 1 of WSIS.

Fairtrade Views: 10873
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Fairtrade Labelling was created in the Netherlands in the late 1980s. Max Havelaar launched the first Fairtrade consumer guarantee label in 1986 on coffee sourced from Mexico. Today, there are now 18 organisations including the Fairtrade Foundation, that run the international standard setting and monitoring body Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO). Producers registered with FLO receive a minimum price that covers the cost of production and an extra premium that is invested in the local community. This international body incorporates various stakeholders including elected producer and commercial representatives. It sets standards and ensures the international regular auditing of producer and commercial partners. Members of the FLO Board include four producer representatives selected at the bi-annual forum, two commercial partners and six national Fairtrade Initiative representatives. The marketing and promotion of Fairtrade products remain the responsibility of the individual national initiatives. In 2004 there are 360 Fairtrade certified producer groups (including many umbrella bodies) in 40 producer countries selling to hundreds of Fairtrade registered importers, licensees and retailers in 18 countries.

Foundation for Development Cooperation Views: 10884
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FDC works through strategic research, policy development and advocacy for sustainable development and poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific. FDC is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Brisbane, Australia.

Global Development Learning Network Views: 10841
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The Global Development Learning Network uses distance learning technologies and methods to facilitate interactive, cost-effective learning and knowledge-sharing for sustainable development and poverty reduction. GDLN Centers around the world offer a unique set of services to development practitioners.

Global e-Sustainability Initiative Views: 10888
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GeSI is an initiative of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) service providers and suppliers, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme and International Telecommunication Union

Global Islands Network Views: 10881
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The Global Islands Network represents a hub that connects and coordinates efforts to help ensure a healthy and productive future for islanders. Around the world on numerous islands, people are sharing their concerns and identifying solutions through association with GIN and our partners. Islands are characterised by various factors, many of which create barriers to growth and development, such as remoteness and insularity, peripherality to centres of decision making, a limited range of natural resources, specialisation of economies, small markets, narrow skills base, poor infrastructure, vulnerability to natural disasters, degree of exposure to forces outside their control such as climate change and sea level rise, plus often unique but threatened biological diversity.

Global Knowledge Partnership Views: 10843
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The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is a worldwide network committed to harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable and equitable development. GKP’s vision is a world of equal opportunities where all people can access and use knowledge and information to improve their lives. The network enables the sharing of information, experiences and resources to help reduce poverty and empower people. Within the GKP framework, governments, civil society groups, donor agencies, private sector companies and inter-governmental organisations come together as equals to apply ICTs for development (ICT4D). Such alliances are known as ‘multi-stakeholder partnerships’ (MSP), a relatively new approach to forging collaborations among different sectors sharing a common vision and goal. Founded in 1997, GKP now comprises 93 members from 40 countries covering all continents. It is governed by an elected Executive Committee and serviced by a Secretariat based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

iConnect Views: 10843
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iConnect is a jumping off point for information on the application of knowledge and ICT's in sustainable development. Developed in association with the 'building digital opportunities' programme funded by DFID and DGIS (Netherlands), it draws content from its partners, iConnect links resources and expertise and encourages collaboration. Most of the content and indeed the knowledge and expertise needed to make sense of ICTs is not physically on this site. But it can easily be found through the linked efforts of the partners.

ICTEAP Views: 10858
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The ICTEAP will help improve regional environment and sustainable development within the framework of the Malmö Ministerial declaration and the UNEP Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) by catalysing local and national initiatives.

Institute of Development Studies Views: 10853
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IDS is an internationally-renowned centre for research and teaching on development, established in 1966. IDS also hosts many innovative information and knowledge management services.

International Committee of the Red Cross Views: 10863
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works around the world on a strictly neutral and impartial basis to protect and assist people affected by armed conflicts and internal disturbances. It is a humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Geneva, mandated by the international community to be the guardian of international humanitarian law, and is the founding body of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. While the ICRC maintains a constant dialogue with States, it insists at all times on its independence. Only if it is free to act independently of any government or other authority can the ICRC serve the interests of victims of conflict, which lie at the heart of its humanitarian mission.

International Development Research Center Views: 10871
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The International Development Research Center 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. IDRC hosts Bellanet.

International Institute for Communication and Development Views: 10862
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The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) assists developing countries to realise locally owned sustainable development by harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs). IICD works with its partner organisations in selected countries, helping local stakeholders to assess the potential uses of ICTs in development. We also strengthen the capacities of our local partners to formulate, implement and manage development policies and projects that make use of ICTs.

International Research Foundation for Development Views: 10862
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The mission of the International Research Foundation for Development, Inc. is to establish and maintain an integrated global network for scientific policy research and advocacy on contemporary development issues. This system of novel interface aims to create a global community of cooperation and partnership for human concerns of sustainable development: socioeconomic, politico-cultural, and educational and scientific. The outcome of this effort should generate original and transcendental thought: cross-cultural, cross-nationalistic, cross-regionalistic, and cross-disciplinary. The thrust of this mission is to empower the grass roots views so that global policy making is affected generating global peace and sustainable development for the new millennium.

International Society for Third-Sector Research Views: 10857
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The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of philanthropy, civil society and the nonprofit sector. ISTR reflects the growing worldwide interest in Third Sector research and provides a permanent forum for international research, while at the same time building a global scholarly community in this field.

Internet World Stats Views: 10862
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An International website featuring up to date worldwide Internet Usage Statistics and 2004 Population Data for over 233 countries and world regions.

Max Havelaar Foundation Views: 10851
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The Max Havelaar Foundation strives towards fair and just relations world-wide. Central to its policy is sustainable production, trade and consumption.

Netaid Views: 10926
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Netaid is an independent non-profit organization, connecting individuals and groups - from corporations to non-profit - to mobilize people around the world against extreme poverty. NetAid partners are leaders in their field, united in their commitment to human development through collaboration, transparent and effective practices and concrete outcomes. Founding partners are the UNDP and CISCO Systems. The partnership extends today to several dozen private and public/international organizations. NetAid is sponsored among others by AOL Time Warner and Yahoo!

OECD Views: 10853
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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries, NGOs and civil society , it has a global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation. The OECD plays a prominent role in fostering good governance in the public service and in corporate activity. It helps governments to ensure the responsiveness of key economic areas with sectoral monitoring. By deciphering emerging issues and identifying policies that work, it helps policy-makers adopt strategic orientations. It is well known for its individual country surveys and reviews. The OECD produces internationally agreed instruments, decisions and recommendations to promote rules of the game in areas where multilateral agreement is necessary for individual countries to make progress in a globalised economy. Sharing the benefits of growth is also crucial as shown in activities such as emerging economies, sustainable development, territorial economy and aid.

OneWorld Views: 10843
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The OneWorld network and portal brings you the latest news, action, campaigns and organisations in human righs and global issues across five continents and in 11 different languages, published across its international site, regional editions, and thematic channels. Many of these are produced from the South to widen the participation of the world's poorest and marginalised peoples in the global debate.

Open Knowledge Network - OKN Views: 10878
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OKN is an initiative of the DOTForce: the Digital Opportunity Task Force set up by the G8 Heads of State to make a decisive contribution to bridging the digital divide. OKN has since been adopted by the UN ICT Task Force.The OKN consortium is made up of:, IICD, IDRC, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Accenture and the Berkman Center of Harvard Law School, and is supported by the governments of Canada and the UK (DfID)

Pan Asia Networking Views: 10853
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Pan Asia Networking is a program initiative of IDRC of Canada which helps researchers and communities in the developing world find solutions to their social, economic and environmental problems. Some 300 Asia Pacific institutions contribute e-content to the PAN website.

Science and Development Network Views: 10875
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The overall aim of the Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net) is to enhance the provision of reliable and authoritative information on science- and technology-related issues that impact on the economic and social development of developing countries. Our goal is to ensure that both individuals and organisations in the developing world are better placed to make informed decisions on these issues. We seek to achieve this objective primarily through running a free-access website, but also by building regional networks of individuals and institutions who share our goals, and by organising capacity-building workshops and other events in the developing world.

South Centre Views: 10833
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The Challenge to the South -- the Report of the South Commission -- emphasized that the South is not well organized at the global level and has thus not been effective in mobilizing its considerable combined expertise and experience or its bargaining power. The South Centre has grown out of the work and experience of the South Commission and its follow-up office, and from recognition of the need for enhanced South-South co-operation. It is intended to meet the need for analysis of development problems and experience, as well as to provide intellectual and policy support required by developing countries for collective and individual action in the international arena. Views: 10864
Rating: 1   [rate this resource] [report errors] is a global online community, providing youth with inspiration to make a difference, a source of information on issues, opportunities to take action, and a bridge to get involved locally, nationally and globally. Membership is free of charge and allows you to interact with various aspects of the website, to contribute ideas, experiences, and actions

TASKNET Views: 10857
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Towards A South Asian Knowledge Network (TASKNET) is one of a series of conferences supported by the Global Knowledge Partnership. The TASKNET November 1999 Conference focused on how South Asia can turn the information revolution into a force for economic development, social cohesion and poverty alleviation in the developing countries of the region The tasknet public and private partners are major players in the ICT-revolution in India.

Third World Network Views: 10853
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The Third World Network is an independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North- South issues. The TWN's international secretariat is based in Penang, Malaysia. It has offices in Delhi, India; Montevideo, Uruguay (for South America); Geneva; London and Accra, Ghana.

Trade Justice Movement Views: 10845
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The Trade Justice Movement is a fast growing group of organisations including aid agencies, environment and human rights campaigns, fairtrade organisations, faith and consumer groups. The movement is supported by more than 50 member organisations that have over 9 million members, and new organisations are joining every month. Together, we are campaigning for trade justice - not free trade - with the rules weighted to benefit poor people and the environment.

UK Food Group Views: 10845
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The UK Food Group (UKFG) is the leading UK network for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on global food and agriculture issues. Our vision is a world in which hunger has been banished by food security.

UNDP Views: 10853
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UNDP is the UN's global development network It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

World Bank Views: 10875
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The World Bank Group’s mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development Bank which provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge sharing services to low and middle income countries to reduce poverty.

World Resources Institute Views: 10868
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World Resources Institute is an independent nonprofit organization with a staff of more than 100 scientists, economists, policy experts, business analysts, statistical analysts, mapmakers, and communicators working to protect the Earth and improve people's lives.

Digital Earth Views: 10874
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Digital Earth incorporates a connected suite of technologies with the vision of enabling a massive, scalable, and open model of the planet where millions of users can interact with vast quantities of geographically referenced (georeferenced) data over the Web. Ditital Earth is a project of SRI International ( called "Stanford Research Institute"before 1977). Its goal is to create an open infrastructure that allows anyone around the globe to publish or to search for data based upon a specific location; something which is not possible on the Web today. As part of this goal, SRI is building several components, one of it is GeoWeb - a completely scalable infrastructure for indexing and searching for all georeferenced data on the Internet using the existing Domain Name System (DNS).

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