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Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC)
GSDRC is a partnership of research institutes, think-tanks and consultancy organisations with expertise in governance, social development, humanitarian and conflict issues. It provides bespoke research and consultancy services in addition to the regularly updated information resources available on this website. The website offers access to selected research and traini...
UNDP Democratic Governance Group
UNDP helps countries strengthen electoral and legislative systems, improve access to justice and public administration and develop a greater capacity to deliver basic services to those most in need. Through its programmes, UNDP brings people together within nations and around the world, fostering partnerships and sharing ways to promote participation, accountability and effectiveness at all...
Transparency International (TI)
TI is a NGO working to counter corruption both in international business transactions and (through a network of National Chapters) at national levels. Operates research, publishing, institution-building and standard setting programmes. In their own words: 'Our three guiding principles are: build partnerships, proceed step-by-step, and stay non-confrontational. We have learned from experience...
Afrobarometer surveys are conducted in 35 African countries and are repeated on a regular cycle. Because the instrument asks a standard set of questions, countries can be systematically compared. Trends in public attitudes are tracked over time. Results are shared with decision makers, policy advocates, civic educators, journalists, researchers, donors and investors, as well as average Afric...
Urban LandMark
"Urban LandMark" is short for the Urban Land Markets Programme Southern Africa. Based in Pretoria, the programme was set up in May 2006 with seven years of funding from the UK's Department for International Development until March 2013. The initiative is now hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa. Urban LandMark is working to make urban land markets work...
Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway (CMI)
CMI is committed to a balance between applied and theoretical research. Focus is on development and human rights issues and on international conditions that effect such issues. CMI research intends to assist policy formulation, improve the basis for decision-making and promote public debate on international development issues. Website offers access to a selection of its publications, and to...
South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
SAIIA is an independent, non-government think-tank whose purpose is to encourage wider and more informed awareness of the importance of international affairs. SAIIA’s research agenda focuses on the external engagement of South Africa and Africa with the rest of the world - with a view to countering the continent's marginal status in global political and economic...
The Arab Reform Initiative
The Arab Reform Initiative is a network of independent Arab research and policy institutes, with partners from the United States and Europe. Its goal is to mobilize the Arab research capacity to advance knowledge and develop a program for democratic reform in the Arab World which is realistic and home grown. The Initiative also aims to produce policy recommendations that can help promote...

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China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
The main tasks of CCICED are exchanging and disseminating international successful experience in the field of environment and development; studying key environment and development issues of China; providing forward-looking, strategic and early warning policy recommendations to State leaders and decision makers of all levels in China, facilitating the implementation of sustainable development st...
Geoforum is a leading international, inter-disciplinary journal publishing innovative research and commentary in human geography and related fields. It is global in outlook and integrative in approach. The broad focus of Geoforum is the organisation of economic, political, social and environmental systems through space and over time. Areas of study range from the analysis of the global...
LTS International
LTS International is a consultancy and project management firm that supports sustainable development worldwide, working on facets of climate change, forestry, water resources, ecosystems, landscapes, and institutional governance.
Impact Initiative
The Impact Initiative for international development research aims to increase the uptake and impact of research from two research programmes jointly funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID): the Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research and the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Rese...
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP)
IFIP convenes Indigenous Peoples, donors and foundations to advance partnerships that can improve the lives of Indigenous Peoples globally, build communities of practice among donors.
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