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Global partnership for Effective Development
apparently a new organization, aimed at reducing poverty. Endorsed
by the UN, World Bank and many others.
International Development Agencies and Development
Banks. All of these are aimed at development.
Some have reports, news releases, etc.
African Development Bank http://www.afdb.org/en/
"The overarching objective of the African Development Bank
(AfDB) Group is to spur sustainable economic development and social
progress in its regional member countries (RMCs), thus contributing
to poverty reduction."
Asian Development Bank http://www.adb.org/
"The work of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is aimed at
improving the welfare of the people in Asia and the Pacific,
particularly the 1.9 billion who live on less than $2 a day."
Australian Agency For International Development http://www.ausaid.gov.au/
reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with
Australia's national interest."
Australian Council for International Development http://www.acfid.asn.au/
"ACFID is an independent national association of Australian
non-government organisations (NGOs) working in the field of
international aid and development."
Development Gateway http://www.developmentgateway.org/
supports international development
describes what they do, issues addressed, etc
Center for International Development at Harvard
"CID was established with one overriding conceptual notion:
the need for cross-disciplinary approaches to the challenges of
Its mission is to finance development
"is a Canadian Crown corporation that works in close
collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their
search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more
Inter-American Development Bank http://www.iadb.org/
Its mission is "contribute to the acceleration of the process of
economic and social development of the regional developing member
countries, individually and collectively.” They have a lot of
data and research available as well.
"advance international cooperation through the sharing of knowledge
and experience and will work to build a more peaceful and prosperous
produced by the US government is public domain, so free to use.
UK Department for International Development http://www.dfid.gov.uk/
Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the
UK Government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works
to get rid of extreme poverty."
UN Development Program http://www.undp.org/
Human Development Reports http://hdr.undp.org/
as well as data, the Millennium Project http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/index.htm
Goals and plan to meet those goals.
The UN also has this Social Development http://www.un.org/en/development/progareas/socdev.shtml
the other UN sections about social development.
OECD has these:
Better Life Initiative: Measuring Well-Being and
"Are our lives getting better? How can policies improve our lives?
Are we measuring the right things? The OECD Better Life Initiative
and the work programme on Measuring Well-Being and Progress answer
these questions. They allow understanding what drives well-being of
people and nations and what needs to be done to achieve greater
progress for all. "
OECD is also a cosponser along with IIID http://www.iiid.net/
of DD4D http://www.dd4d.net/
Enhancing Social, Economic and Environmental Progress
Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial
adapting their public sector governance arrangements to the changing
needs of society." Of particular interest is this project,
Management in Government: Moving towards "Government at a
"suite" of separate datasets across OECD countries" starting in
World Bank http://www.worldbank.org/
research and data available for free, listed on our research and
International Development Association here
The UN had these, among others
Sustainable Development Solutions Network http://unsdsn.org/
"The Solutions Network mobilizes scientific and technical
expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in
support of sustainable development problem solving at local,
national, and global scales."
Management of Social Transformation
designed by UNESCO, to promote international comparative social
science research. Its primary emphasis is to support large-scale,
long-term autonomous research and to transfer the relevant findings
and data to decision-makers. MOST also publishes state of the
art reports that assess existing information on specific
topics." They have discussion papers, links, events, etc...
The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/
is a global membership association ... developing processes
for change in the most complex, chaotic conflict environments in the
US and around the world.
Bellanet Alliance http://www.bellanet.org/
This is "an international network of people and organizations
harnessing regional and global expertise on Information and
Communications Technology tools and Knowledge Sharing practices."
They had Online Communities, http://dgroups.org/
currently being revised.
is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international
nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and
most vulnerable people.
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
3ie funds impact evaluations and systematic reviews that
generate evidence on what works in development programmes and why.
Amsterdam International Institute for Development http://www.aiid.org/
The Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID) is a
joint initiative of the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) and the
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) ... founded in 2000 by the two
universities as a network linking their best experts in
international development and to engage in policy debates.
The Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social
is an international, interdisciplinary centre for social science
research relevant to individuals, businesses, institutions, and
economies. At its core is a focus on social dynamics and populations
in their economic, organizational, and policy contexts.
Clio Infra https://www.clio-infra.eu/
This is "a set of interconnected databases has been set up
containing worldwide data on social, economic, and institutional
indicators for the past five centuries, with special attention to
the past 200 years. These indicators allow research into long-term
development of worldwide economic growth and inequality."
The Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and Innovation
aims to support the search for sustainable development and
innovation through the development of knowledge, methods and
Country Indicators for Foreign Policy http://www4.carleton.ca/cifp/
"CIFP is a leader in customized risk analysis for the
public and private sector."
Stanford Global Projects Center https://gpc.stanford.edu/
The Global Projects Center is an interdisciplinary research
center at Stanford University. We seek to facilitate understanding
of the financing, development, and governance of critical
The Earth Institute at Columbia University http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/sections/view/9
This organization "brings together talent from throughout
the University to address complex issues facing the planet and its
inhabitants, with particular focus on sustainable development and
the need of the world's poor."
The ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change
Has some interesting working papers about socio-cultural
change, and a newsletter describing their research themes.
CENTER for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems,
and Civilizations http://www.binghamton.edu/fbc/
"The Fernand Braudel Center was founded in September 1976
to engage in the analysis of large-scale social change over long
periods of historical time." This link has some
commentaries, papers, and links available.
Global Awareness Society International http://orgs.bloomu.edu/gasi/
vital step toward achieving peace, harmony, and cooperation among
diverse peoples is to promote mutual understanding and
appreciation for one another."
Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies http://kroc.nd.edu/ This
organization "conducts research, education, and outreach programs
on the causes of violence and the conditions for sustainable
peace." Has some booklets, other pubs available for
World-Systems Archive http://wsarch.ucr.edu/
links to some papers.
Tampere Peace Research Institute http://www.uta.fi/yky/en/research/tapri/index.html
Studying peaceful change
West African Network for Peacebuilding http://www.wanep.org/wanep/
Their mission: "promoting cooperative responses to violent
conflicts; providing the structure through which these
practitioners and institutions will regularly exchange experience
and information on issues of peacebuilding, conflict
transformation, social, religious and political reconciliation;
and promoting West Africa’s social cultural values as resources
working for social change
Center for Societal Progress http://www.fortschrittszentrum.de/en/
"is a non-profit think tank based in Frankfurt, Germany. Since its
launch in 2009 it works on new ways and methods that can help
improve the quality of life of people. We link the national debate
on wellbeing in Germany with activities in other countries."
Nobel Peace Prize Forum http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org/
"The Forum advances discussion and action on drivers of conflict and
threats to peace and security by bringing together leaders in
government, business, academia, civil society and youth to dialogue
and take action around five key areas critical to sustainable
peacemaking and peacebuilding: Disarmament, Poverty Reduction and
Food Security, Environmental Sustainability, Human Rights and Global
Seeds of Change http://consultants4good.org/
"Fostering social change through education, empowerment and economic
development. Our Vision: At Seeds of Change Consulting,
our vision is to become the partner of choice for organizations
engaged in international development." For example, they have
an endowment fund, "our long-term goals of building and maintaining
educational safe havens for our most vulnerable children and young
Coalitions of organizations and
organizations connecting volunteers to those needing volunteers
"the global association of the world’s leading social
entrepreneurs, men and women with system changing solutions for the
world’s most urgent social problems."
Citizens and Societies http://citizensandsocieties.org/
This is "the first professional association of citizens. we need a
professional association of citizens to make our communities,
whether local, provincial, national, communities where we first put
the emphasis on the development of our fellow citizens in order to
facilitate the functioning of our societies. The more our fellow
citizens will be physically, psychologically, mentally and
financially healthy, and the more they will be educated and
scolarised, the more our societies will be functional."
Consortium "The Community Indicators Consortum
(CIC) is an active learning network and community of practice among
persons and organizations interested or engaged in the field of
community indicators and their application."
in developing countries. You can work on your computer at home and
help folks elsewhere.
Listed here http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/voluntee.htm
and here http://go.global.wisc.edu/site-lists/volunteer.htm
"is a global, online space for sharing ideas about the
participation of people in development, citizenship, governance and
rights. We welcome researchers, practitioners, activists, educators,
policy makers and others from around the world to exchange diverse
views and resources."
From the Institute of Development Studies http://www.ids.ac.uk/ids/
Studies, Sussex, is a leading centre for research and teaching on
international development." (This is an academic source, but I'm
putting it here.)
Open Data Research Network http://www.opendataresearch.org/
"We’re establishing a research network to explore emerging impacts
of open data in developing countries. We are bringing together
researchers from the global south to look at open data in action,
where it meets processes of governance: impacting on decision-making
and implementation in a wide range of settings."
Create your own petition
or find one
to connect to others who care about social issues, and take action
in cooperation with others. Currently it seems to be a site for
creating petitions of your favorite cause. You can browse and search
for existing petitions.
Change.org mentioned here
another place to start petitions. Created by moveon.org. But as of
Feb 2012, you can't search for any petitions. So you don't know what
other petitions are there unless someone told you.
AAG Center for Global Geography Education http://globalgeography.aag.org/
They have several online course modules: Climate Change,
Global Economy, and others.
Africa Development and Resource Research Institute http://adrri.org/public/
"The institute was founded in 2010 to provide non-political
independent policy research alternative and charitable activities to
promote Africa Development and resources in the area of
economics,climate change,public policy
sanitation, micro finance, gender issues, management and
marketing,poverty,democracy and development through quality applied
Barefoot College http://www.barefootcollege.org/
"a non-governmental organization that has been providing basic
services and solutions to problems in rural communities for more
than 40 years, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and
sustainable. These ‘Barefoot solutions’ can be broadly categorized
into the delivery of Solar Electrification, Clean Water, Education,
Livelihood Development, and Activism."
The Development Cafe http://www.thedevelopmentcafe.org/
A Network of Social Scientists and Development Professionals.
Do something dot org http://www.dosomething.org/
place to connect, a place to be inspired, be supported, be
celebrated. The only question is, "What's your something?"
Listed here http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/06/04/white-house-mental-health-conference-dosomethingorg-crisis-text-li
and here http://www.serveidaho.gov/Resources/YouthOutreach.aspx
Global Mindshift http://www.global-mindshift.org/
about change. Also lists many other change organizations.
Information Design was founded to develop research and practice in
optimizing information and information systems for knowledge
transfer in everyday life, business, education and science."
IIID is a cosponsor along with OECD of DD4D http://www.dd4d.net/
Practical Action http://practicalaction.org/
and advocate the sustainable use of technology to reduce poverty in
Reuse Everything Institute http://www.reuseeverything.org/
At least one thing they do is change plastic bottles into roofing
The are listed here
graduates got jobs with them
Search for Common Ground https://www.sfcg.org/
We work with all sides of a conflict, providing the tools needed to
work together and find solutions.
SIETAR The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and
encourage the development and application of values, knowledge and
skills that promote and reinforce beneficial and long-lasting
intercultural relations at the individual, group, organization, and
community levels." The other chapters are listed here http://www.sietarusa.org/links
chapters in North America, Europe and Asia.
Sustainable Society Index developed the index to
measure how sustainable the country is.
Tactical Tech https://www.tacticaltech.org/
is an organization dedicated to the use of information in
World Learning http://www.worldlearning.org/
international organization with both academic and field project
capabilities." Especially see their World Learning International
Development programs http://www.worldlearning.org/international-development.htm
"This carries out overseas projects that create democratic
change and support peace, understanding and social justice."
Center for global studies http://www.globalcentres.org/
publications, see http://www.globalcentres.org/html/publications.html
discusses why this globalization is different.
Global studies association
This group is for "promoting the creation and
dissemination of multi and interdisciplinary knowledge in the social
and human sciences concerning global affairs, problems and
changes." You can download some papers from their first
international conference about Networks and Transformations.
Papers include "Globalisation - The New Order or Disorder?",
"Location, Privatization, McDonaldization" and others.
International Society of Child Indicators http://isci.chapinhall.org/
"The new ISCI brings together experts in the field worldwide
to: Contribute to the well-being of all children., Share knowledge
and experience, Improve data resources, Foster collaborative
research and projects ..." and more.
International Studies Association
includes list of internet resources at their compendium.
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
"promotes scientific studies of demography and
Globalization Studies Network http://gstudynet.org/
The core idea is "The proposition was made that the topic of
globalization and its multidisciplinary perspective was beyond the
capacity of any one university to take on and address
Society for International Development http://www.sidint.net/
a global network of individuals and institutions concerned with
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral
line publications on democracy building.
Studying Development http://www.studying-development.org/
courses in International Development and Humanitarian Aid. The
site aims to help orientate those wishing to enter, or already
active in Development and Humanitarian Aid. "
Centre for International Governance Innovation http://www.cigionline.org/
nonpartisan think tank that addresses international governance
One World Trust http://www.oneworldtrust.org/
"The One World Trust promotes education, training and research
into the changes required within global organisations in order to
make them answerable to the people they affect and ensure that
international laws are strengthened and applied equally to all."
The Center for Science, Technology, and Society http://www.scu.edu/socialbenefit/index.cfm
This organization "researches and promotes the use and
understanding of science and technology for the common good.
Through research, education, and public events, the Center brings
together scholars, industry leaders, and public advocates to
collaboratively serve humanity by leveraging its unique strengths.
The Society on Social Implications of Technology http://www.ieeessit.org/
society includes such issues as environmental, health and safety
implications of technology; engineering ethics and professional
responsibility; history of electrotechnology; technical expertise
and public policy; peace technology; and social issues related to
energy, information technology and telecommunications.
Department of Science, Technology and Society
part of the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development
and Innovation listed above
Humanity Plus http://humanityplus.org/
"The goal of Humanity+ is to support discussion and public
awareness of emerging technologies, to defend the rights of
individuals to adopt technologies that expand human capacities, to
anticipate and propose solutions for the potential consequences of
emerging technologies, and to actively encourage and support the
development of emerging technologies judged to have sufficiently
probable positive benefit."
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last updated 5/7/2016.
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