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The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) manages the overseas aid programme of the Australian government. The aim of the programme is to help developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia's national interest. Australia's aid programme focuses on the Asia Pacific region, reflecting the country's leading role in the region. In 2008 it announced a new strategy intended to provide increased support for development research in order to increase the effectiveness of Australia's aid programme. The full details can be found in AusAID Development Research Strategy 2008-2010.
Bhutan's National Environment Commission is an autonomous agency mandated to oversee environment policies, issues and laws, and coordinate inter-sectoral environment programmes in the country. The commission monitors the impact of development on the environment and aims to put in place the necessary controls, regulations and incentives to private and public sectors to achieve sustainable development through judicious use of natural resources.
CIDA is an agency of the Canadian government that supports sustainable development activities in developing countries through work with private and public companies and international organisations. The agency focuses on six priorities: basic human needs (such as nutrition, sanitation and water); gender equality; infrastructure services; human rights, democracy and good governance; private sector development; and environment.
This United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) portal publishes news, statistics and guidance related to the A(H1N1) influenza virus, more commonly known as 'swine flu'. The CDC presents facts and figures on the virus, as well as information and advice for specific groups of people, including pregnant women, travellers, clinicians, laboratory workers and people with HIV/AIDS.
It publishes daily press briefings and situation updates as well as weekly morbidity and mortality reports. The website also hosts an image gallery, with pictures of the virus, and a range of social media, including online videos, podcasts and widgets.
The CCRAS is a department within the Indian government dedicated to formulating and coordinating scientific research into indigenous Indian systems of medicine. The organisation funds and undertakes research on treatments for diseases such as hepatitis and filiariasis. The site also has online training modules on drug standardisation and intellectual property rights.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) — funded by the United States Agency for International Development — collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide timely early warning and vulnerability information on emerging and evolving food security issues.
FEWS NET monitors and analyses relevant data and information, and uses a suite of communications and decision support products to help decision-makers act to mitigate food insecurity. These products include monthly food security updates for 25 countries, regular food security outlooks, and alerts, as well as briefings and support to contingency and response planning efforts.
More in-depth studies in areas such as livelihoods and markets provide additional information to support analysis as well as program and policy development.
FEWS NET focuses its efforts on strengthening early warning and food security networks, by developing capacity, building and strengthening networks, developing policy-useful information, and building consensus around food security problems and solutions.
The website acts as a platform for announcing food security conditions all over the world, and contains many analytical reports and policy briefs.
IMD provides weather bulletins and warnings against extreme events like cyclones. Cyclone warnings include weather outlooks for the North Indian Ocean and maps of both the observed and predicted cyclone track. The IMD website also gives background details on individual projects, including the department's cyclone monitoring and warning dissemination systems. Information on the expected impact of cyclones of varying intensities — and recommendations for mitigation — is provided. The site also links to archives of satellite and rainfall data.
The NNRMS is an inter-agency network for integrated natural resource management in India. It uses remote sensing data combined with other data to provide inventories of natural resources for applications such as infrastructure development, environmental monitoring and disaster management support.
NNRMS publishes information about the country's earth observation satellites, overviews of its work and a biannual bulletin with news and information about key projects.
The Jefferson Science Fellowships, run by the US Department of State, offers tenured academic scientists and engineers within the United States the opportunity of spending one year at the US Department of State or the United States Agency for International Development to help in science diplomacy. Jefferson Science Fellows often use this opportunity to broaden their influence and involvement in foreign relations and development efforts.
NASA's Landsat satellites provide one of the most important remote sensing data archives for a host of environmental applications, including disaster monitoring. They have been collecting multispectral data at a moderate spatial resolution for over 35 years.
Last year (2008), NASA made access to all Landsat data free. The website links to the free data and provides information on how to use them as well as a selection of images, tutorials and educational resources.
NASA's 'hurricane resource page' provides the latest storm images and data available from NASA together with a tropical weather outlook for the Atlantic Basin. NASA has also published educational tools, including posters and classroom activities that are free for anyone to use. The website includes background information on hurricanes such as fact sheets, lists of satellite instruments used for hurricane monitoring and explanations of how hurricanes form and develop.
Part of the US National Institutes of Health, this federal research organisation funds and undertakes research into traditional medical practices, also known as 'complementary' or 'alternative' medicine. These include homeopathy and acupuncture. The website publishes information on its grants and research, and information on its efforts to train Western healthcare workers in traditional medical techniques, and help traditional healers conduct rigorous research in their field of expertise.
The Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) produces, documents and coordinates agricultural research in Nepal. It aims to help the government with policymaking and finding solutions to agricultural problems in the country.
The website publishes free-to-access publications including books, journals as well as guides on writing scientific papers. A list of NARC's research projects is available, as well as links to relevant organisations, events and job vacancies. The website also provides PDF links to information about Nepal's agricultural policies.
Nepal's Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology overseas functions relating to science and technology in the process of national development and aims to create a conducive environment for the proper development of science and technology. Its main goals are to promote sustainable development, preserve the quality of environment — including air, water and soil — identify new technologies through environmental research, and promote indigenous technologies.
WOTRO is the science division within the Netherlands Organizations for Scientific Research (NWO), and supports scientific research on development issues, in particular poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
The mission of WOTRO is to initiate, enhance and fund scientific research for the benefit of development and societal issues of local and global concern in developing countries. WOTRO acts at the interface of the Dutch government, the academic world and the arena of development organisations. Its scope includes all low and middle-income countries, and it receives substantial funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This website provides information on the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance, an intergovernmental treaty that provides guidance for member countries' efforts to maintain the ecological character of wetlands and plan for their sustainable use. The website provides an overview of the convention and access to official documents including technical and management guidelines. It also makes available related publications such as handbooks, conference proceedings and reports, as well as news, activities, photographs and a list of useful contacts.
SIDA is the Swedish agency for development assistance. The overall goal of Swedish development cooperation is "to contribute to making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions", and Sida includes scientific and technological development as one of the key goals in its activities in the developing world.
Sida's Department for Research Cooperation (SAREC) in responsible for supporting partner country research, and research of importance for the development of these countries. Support is provided for research councils, universities and research institutions, for regional research networks, and for international research programmes. SAREC also supports Swedish research activities relevant to developing countries. Details on research grant applications can be found here.
The principal aim of TWAS is to promote scientific capacity and sustainable development in the South through research as well as South–South and North–South collaborations. It was founded in 1983 by a group of Southern scientists, under the leadership of Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, as an autonomous international organisation. Fellows are citizens of the South; associate fellows are citizens of the North who were born in the South or have made significant contributions to science in the South.