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The Information for Development Program (infoDev), run by the World Bank, coordinates action between multilateral and bilateral donors and forms partnerships with public and private organisations to maximise the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
It publishes news, briefing papers, toolkits, reports and videos about key issues and projects and provides coverage of recent and ongoing infoDev activities.
infoDev covers three themes: access for all; mainstreaming ICT; and innovation, entrepreneurship and growth. These encompass topics such as rural livelihoods, health, governance, and monitoring and evaluation.
The Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) was established in June 2008 to provide accessible funding for projects that avoid deforestation and contribute to poverty alleviation in the Congo Basin. This multi-donor fund is run by a governing council supported by a secretariat based at the African Development Bank. The website provides reasons for establishing the fund, its proposal process and an overview of projects that have received funding.
The New Scholars programme, set up by the Elsevier Foundation, awards grants to support women early in their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The grants are designed to encourage institutions and organisations to implement innovative policies that help women scientists balance academic careers with family commitments. The website provides guidelines for the New Scholars grant application process, highlights grants awarded specifically to women in developing countries, and provides access to videos of success stories.
GRAIN is a nongovernmental organisation that promotes sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity. The food crisis section of this website links to publications and websites about the global food crisis and its impact on small-scale farmers in the developing world. It publishes articles, films and audio files including several articles on the rise in 'land-grabbing', in which, to ensure their own food security, rich countries buy up large tracts of land in poor ones.
Grameen Shakti is a renewable energy company in Bangladesh focused on distributing solar home systems in rural areas. It installs, maintains and provides microfinance for solar home systems and trains solar engineers. Its website includes information about individual programmes, links to its research and publications, and photographs and videos of its activities.
This organisation was set up in 1997 to foster grassroots innovation and traditional knowledge across India. It helps innovators develop and commercialise their ideas, and provides a network to support their activities through technical and business advice.
Divided into geographical regions, the website provides news and publications, a product inventory, business opportunities as well as information on project funding, careers and volunteering.
This philanthropic organisation works with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other partners in the Americas to administer health-related grants and implement programmes that provide medical supplies and equipment. It aims to mobilise resources to meet health, education, and training priorities in the region, focusing on chronic disease prevention, healthy aging, immunisations, neglected tropical diseases and health education. The website provides information on projects, partnerships and 'success stories', as well as updates on related news and announcements, including events, grants and jobs.
The PHEA — a joint project between seven private US foundations — supports higher education development in Africa. It works in four specific areas: developing and retaining new academics; information and communication technologies for higher education; regional institutional capacity building; and higher education research and analysis.
Within each of these, the PHEA publishes news and information on its projects, highlighting case studies and achievements to date. The PHEA also hosts a database of past and current grants, which, between 2000 and 2008, represent investments of over US$350 million.
This website from the International Fund for Agricultural Research shares information on strategies to eradicate rural poverty. The site publishes articles, case studies and videos on key topics including desertification, livestock and rural finance. It also links to relevant reports, projects, programmes and organisations.
The Volkswagen Foundation provides funds for higher education and fundamental research in the humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. Another aspect of its mission is to provide support for aspiring young academics, promote international exchange and to enhance the structural conditions for research and higher education. The current list of funding initiatives can be viewed here. The foundation is the largest private research-funding organisation in Germany, and it allocates around €100 million each year.
The foundation's aim is to raise awareness of diabetes worldwide, with a special emphasis on developing countries. A key activity is funding projects (142 so far) that raise awareness, improve education and build capacity at local, regional and global levels. The website contains details of all ongoing projects, including details of the project budgets and individuals responsible for running them, the expected impacts and results so far. Importantly, the foundation prioritises monitoring and evaluation of its projects to learn key lessons for the future and minimise the risk of project failure.
As with any disease, and particularly those in developing countries, the health economics are important. The website has a useful tool for calculating the economic cost of diabetes in a particular country that allows the user to change variables such as population, prevalence and so on.