Developing countries are increasingly recognising the importance of science in developing their economies, and the challenges that entails.
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The Alliance is an initiative of the Global Forum for Health Research in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and has 310 members in over 70 developing countries. Concerned with the effectiveness of health policy and systems research, the Alliance recognises that health systems currently vary greatly in their performance. It considers that there is an urgent need to improve understanding about how societies organise themselves to achieve health goals, including how they plan, manage and finance activities to improve health, the roles played by different actors in these efforts, and the need to provide scientifically sound, socially relevant and ethically acceptable guidance. The site links to a number of useful resources, including relevant reports, the online international journal for equity in health and online tutorials.
This programme aims to encourage better management of water for food production by increasing the resilience of social and ecological systems.
It does this by focusing on the interconnections between water, food and poverty in developing countries. The programme helps develop water-related innovations by bringing together scientists, development specialists, policymakers and communities.
The website publishes information on its research programmes and projects as well as blogs and related news, job vacancies and events.
The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) aims to support decision-makers in designing and delivering 'climate compatible' development.
They attempt to do this by combining research, advisory services, resources, and knowledge management in support of locally owned and managed policy processes.
They have worked in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally.
The website provides details on key research areas, past and ongoing projects, as well as research calls for future work.
The Commission is an intergovernmental and international organisation aimed at the uplift of developing countries through applications of science and technology. Established in 1994 at the instigation of Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, it has 21 member countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It runs meetings and workshops as well as a network of centres of excellence in selected areas of science and technology.
An international NGO, TWNSO was founded at the initiative of the Third World Academy of Sciences by ministers of science and technology and higher education and heads of science academies and research councils in developing countries to promote science-based sustainable economic development.
This website publishes information about an international project that aims to design integrated conservation strategies to protect arid and semi-arid ecosystems by preventing and reducing degradation. It concentrates on 18 desertification and degradation 'hotspots' around the world, including Cape Verde, Chile, and Morocco. The website publishes information about research sites, reports and partners, including a dedicated information system, and links to a library of related organisations and upcoming events.
This website hosts information and research data on entrepreneurial activity as part of the World Bank's Development Research Program on finance and private sector research.
It links to research and reports on entrepreneurship as well as presentations and upcoming conferences. The website also publishes the World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Surveys that provide data on entrepreneurial activity — such as number of newly registered businesses — for over 100 developing and industrial countries from 2000–2007.
Under its Framework Six funding programme, this new European Union initiative aims to translate medical research results into clinical trials in developing countries, particularly in Africa. The first move is to provide 200 million Euros for the development of new medicines and vaccines for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The website contains a general outline of this scheme and information about its projects.
This foundation's mission is to reduce malnutrition through food fortification. It focuses on providing supplements — such as iodised salt — and healthy food to malnourished populations. The website includes downloadable fact sheets of GAIN's programmes around the world and overviews of vitamins and nutrient deficiencies.
The organisation targets vulnerable groups such as young children, pregnant women, people with infectious diseases, remote rural populations, or refugees. GAIN takes a business-minded approach to funding better nutrition, pooling its money with financial institutions, not-for-profit global venture funds and venture capitalists to encourage local businesses to develop new products, distribution channels and marketing approaches.
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility is an international, government-funded initiative focused on providing free and open access to biodiversity data online for scientific research, conservation and sustainable development.
The website provides an Internet-based index of primary biodiversity data, such as museum specimens and field observations of plants and animals in nature; community-developed tools for formatting and sharing data; and capacity building through training, including access to international experts and mentoring programmes. The website links to relevant reports and news, and publishes information in different languages including English, Chinese and Korean.
The Global Forum for Health Research provides evidence, tools and discussion forums for decision-makers in research funding and policy to improve the health of the poor. Although it covers issues for both infectious and non-communicable diseases, the agency recognises that mental health problems are severely neglected in developing countries. As well as links to various publications and reports, the website also hosts RealHealthNews, which aims to share news on research and interventions that can improve the health of those in developing countries.
The International Council for Science (ICSU) aims to protect the rights of scientists by working at the crossroads of the right to science and the protection of science as a right. ICSU's work, particularly through the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science, promotes human rights-based approaches to climate change research, and social and environmental well-being. The ICSU website contains a collection of key international charters and declarations relevant to human rights and science.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, an independent UN organisation, works with member states to promote the safe, secure and peaceful development of nuclear technology. The website outlines the organisation's five key areas of work which include helping countries to use nuclear technology for sustainable development, building capacity in energy planning, and providing a framework to protect people's health against radiation. It also signposts relevant resources such as reports, conferences and research laboratories.