Developing countries are increasingly recognising the importance of science in developing their economies, and the challenges that entails.
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This web portal publishes information and documents about emerging perspectives on human rights and development. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) works to create links between human rights experts, policymakers, and development planners. It directs these efforts towards bringing rights-based development paradigms to contribute to poverty prevention, conflict eradication, and improved aid. The website provides a link to key human rights and development documents.
The OECD groups 30 member countries that share a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation. Its migration section is based on continued monitoring of migration movements and policies in member countries and outside the OECD area, and in-depth analysis of the economic and social aspects of migration.
SSI was set up in 2001 to facilitate sharing of resources among research groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America in order to increase competitiveness and optimise scientific opportunities. It provides assistance for proposal development through annual workshops and helps organise annual training courses on leading-edge technology for tropical disease research application in disease endemic countries.
An independent global programme of scientific collaboration co-sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO). Its goal is to help coordinate, support and influence global efforts to combat a portfolio of major diseases of the poor and disadvantaged, including malaria.
It funds research teams in developing countries to improve on and develop approaches to disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and control. It also supports capacity-building and implementation of new methods. These activities are focused in Africa, South-East Asia and
The Stockholm Environment Institute is an international not-for-profit research organisation that aims to promote sustainable development through scientific analysis that supports decision-making on the national and international level. It focuses on four broad themes: reducing climate risks; managing land, water and air resources; improving governance; and developing new visions and pathways to development. The website provides free access to the institute's publications, describes current projects and links to useful modelling or policy tools such as LEAP (the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system) and IPAT-S.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a UN agency that aims to help people overcome poverty by increasing their access to technology, financial services, markets, land and natural resources.
Its website presents an overview of its activities, news, events and downloadable reports. IFAD also publishes video content on its work.
The World Bank's education gateway summarises the bank's activities in all areas of education, including higher education (HE). It publishes information on the key issues that influence how it supports HE in developing countries, as well as ongoing projects, speeches, events and recent publications.
The bank also hosts EdStats, a database of statistics on education indicators, including enrolment and completion rates, graduates per subject area and public expenditure on education.
TWOWS is an international forum aimed at uniting eminent women scientists from the South with the objective of strengthening their role in development and in scientific and technological leadership. An independent, non-profit, non-governmental body based at the offices of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World in Italy, its activities include providing fellowships and maintaining an inventory of women scientists in the South.
TOKTEN is a global mechanism run by the United Nations Development Programme for tapping on expatriate nationals, who had migrated to other countries and achieved professional success abroad, and mobilising them to undertake short-term consultancies in their countries of origin. This approach aims to help to reduce the adverse effects of the brain drain.
The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a policymaking organisation committed to gender equality and women's advancement worldwide. It prepares reports and gives recommendations to the ECOSOC on promoting women's rights in education, for example, and advises the council on women's rights problems. The website provides information on the commission's mandate, procedures and agreements. It also provides access to documents associated with their 55th session that focused on women and girls' access and participation in education, training and science and technology.
The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) was established in July 2008, to help establish a REDD programme within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This website provides information on programme donors and projects, as well as links to other relevant sites and documents.
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1978 and hosted by the UN Development Programme, the unit’s primary mandate is to promote, coordinate and support South–South cooperation and cooperation with the UN. It focuses on policy dialogue and development, public–private partnership and southern development exchange.
This online forum, hosted by the UNESCO (UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization), provides a platform for researchers and policymakers to share knowledge on higher education.
It focuses on research systems in low- and middle-income countries, with an emphasis on how agricultural and health research are practiced and supported. The forum publishes books and papers, organises seminars and other activities, and links to other organisations working in higher education and sustainable development.