Published on June 8, 2016
1. Local Research. Global Knowledge. Better Policies. June 2016
2. GDN is a public international organization (PIO) that promotes social science research in developing and transition countries to inform sustainable development policies.
3. Formed in 1999 as a unit of the World Bank, GDN became independent in 2001 and now operates as a public international organization. GDN is governed by an International Assembly with members drawn from the developing world including Colombia, Hungary, India, Spain and Sri Lanka. Its strategy and activities are overseen by a Board of Directors which includes some of the most prominent economists and social scientists and is chaired by Economics Professor L. Alan Winters CB, from the University of Sussex. Since 1999, GDN has supported more than 4,000 research grantees from 132 developing and transition countries. In 2014-15 GDN gave 106 new prizes and grants to 189 researchers, 75% of whom were from low and lower middle income countries. Since 2010, 40% of grantees have been women. Also, 94% of research outputs were publishable in journals, as book chapters or as working papers.
4. Today, GDN is headquartered in New Delhi, with an office in Washington DC and a global network in over 80 countries.
5. Global. During 2015, GDN supported research in more than 80 developing countries – with new research grants in 38 countries. Our research programs impact developing regions across the world. Development. GDN supported research generates fresh, local development knowledge and perspectives and speaks directly to sustainable development policy. Network. GDN works with individuals and research institutions around the world and conducts its activities through multiple partnerships. Its board of directors mobilizes prominent world scholars. GDN connects developing country researchers with their peers and with mentors and professionals on a global scale.
6. GDN’s global platform connects social science researchers with policymakers and development stakeholders. We care about high-quality local research, including building capacity for research for greater inclusiveness, research from the social sciences to build better global knowledge and the use of evidence to inform sustainable development policies.
7. GDN’s global research agenda is derived from the global goals for sustainable development (SDGs), and has included: Urbanization and Development Development Finance Agriculture Development and Natural Resources Inequality, Poverty, Social Protection and Social Policy Rule of Law, Governance, Institutions and Development Human Capital Formation, Education and Development Labor Markets, Employment & International Migration RESEARCH AGENDA : SDGs
8. Doing Research: Assessing the Environment for Social Science Research in Developing Countries Strengthening the Research Capacity of Relatively Small Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Building Research Capacity in Least Developed Countries Natural Resource Management – Natural Wealth Accounting Development Aid Effectiveness in Africa Mobilizing Local Knowledge for Competitiveness Strategies CURRENT PROJECTS
9. Supported individual researchers Generated new knowledge on major development issues in developing and transition countries Informed policy and practice Since its inception, GDN has pursued and achieved a threefold objective GDN’s IMPACT
10. IMPACT STORY | MADAGASCAR 2015-16 PROJECT Global Research Project on Natural Resource Management – Natural Wealth Accounting GRANTEE Solo Andriamanantsoa Rakotondraompiana, University of Antananarivo DONORS Agence Française de Développement, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Development NATURAL CAPITAL ACCOUNTING IN MADAGASCAR
11. PROTECTING NATURAL RESOURCES IN MADAGASCAR Madagascar represents around 8% of all global biodiversity. Antrema in Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot. Solofo Rakotondraompiana applied a specific methodology, known as natural capital accounting, for measuring natural capital and ecosystem services through land-cover mapping, to a protected area in Antrema. His research mapped the change in ecosystemic infrastructure between 2004-2014 and its relationship with socio-economic interactions. It also identified areas that needed extra managerial focus to rectify the degradation in the area. As Rakotondraompiana points out, the most important impact of the study has been to have shown that implementation of natural capital accounting is feasible with few resources.
12. IMPACT STORY | ARMENIA 2009-13 PROJECT Strengthening Institutions to Improve Public Sector Accountability GRANTEE Advanced Social Technologies DONOR Results for Development Institute IMPROVING PUBLIC SECTOR ACCOUNTABILITY
13. IMPROVING PUBLIC SECTOR ACCOUNTABILITY In 2009, Armenia's Advanced Social Technologies was selected to participate in a GDN Global Research Project on public expenditure accounting methodologies. They carried out a benefit incidence analysis of Armenia’s public subsidies for higher education and found that the top income quintile received five times more subsidies than the bottom one. They recommended a system of targeted subsidies through loans and need-based allowances to universities, to counter poorer students’exclusion from the national skilled labor market. The results of the research were communicated to high-ranking government officials within the education ministry at a strategic time when their new strategy for equitable education was adopted into law. Similar public accountability studies were done in 14 developing and transition economies around the world on topics such as education, health and water, as part of GDN’s global research project. “The idea… is to develop an independent analytical capability outside of government that understands budgets and programs and how to reform them.” Charles Griffin, Lead Technical Advisor
14. This annual global forum for developing country research focuses on a different topic each year, and gathers the world’s leading academics, experts, researchers and policymakers to discuss the most pressing development challenges. GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
15. In 2016, more than 400 researchers, development stakeholders and policy makers came to the conference in Lima, Peru. 90% were from developing countries. CONVENING POWER
16. Global Development Awards Competition KOICA Development Research Award Japan Social Development Fund Award Next Horizons Essay Contest RESEARCH COMPETITIONS, AWARDS & CONTESTS
17. African Development Bank (AfDB) Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Canada Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Government of France OCP Foundation, Morocco Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) The World Bank United States Agency for International Development (USAID) William and Flora Hewlett Foundation DONORS (2015)