Developing countries are increasingly recognising the importance of science in developing their economies, and the challenges that entails.
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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.
An international non-governmental organisation run from Canada (formerly known as RAFI — the Rural Advancement Foundation International). Dedicated to the 'socially responsible development of technologies useful to rural societies', the ETC group has taken the lead on various campaigns on the impact of intellectual property on agriculture and world food security. The website includes ETC 'comment' articles which are generally opposed to GM technology.
ABSF aims to create an enabling environment in which Africa can participate and benefit from biotechnology in a responsible and sustainable manner. The association — through the dissemination of information — aims to enhance an understanding and awareness of all aspects of biotechnology including bio-safety and intellectual property rights. The news and features section mostly contains short information and opinion pieces giving perspectives of scientists and policy-makers in Africa.
AgBioWorld brings information about technological advances in agriculture to the developing world. Members include scientists, physicians, professors and others who believe that recent developments in plant science — such as biotechnology — can and should be used to increase crop yields, grow more nutritious plants and reduce dependence on chemicals in order to alleviate hunger and help preserve the environment. AgBioWorld is used by many scientists, but is also relevant to teachers, journalists and the general public. The site is kept fairly up-to-date — comments and reports are usually added in response to significant events, and there is also a discussion group
AVAC is a community and consumer-based organisation dedicated to accelerating the development and availability of an HIV vaccine through independent analysis, policy advocacy, education and mobilisation. The website contains extensive and regularly updated news and progress reports on vaccine development, including the new AIDS Vaccine Clearing House
containing FAQs, documents, and links to all the major sponsors of HIV vaccine trials, with additional specific information and links available in Thai, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Aidspan is a relatively new independent non-profit organisation based in New York that provides critical analysis, news and comment on the activities of the Global Fund. It publishes a regular newsletter, the Global Fund Observer
, and guidance to developing countries on how to apply for Global Fund support for HIV/AIDS projects.
AmFAR is a major non-profit organisation that provides funding for AIDS research, prevention, treatment education and advocacy, including a number of global initiatives
. The site also includes background information - such as a useful 'basic facts' factsheet
- and an extensive glossary on HIV/AIDS related terms.
This website provides information on how the organisation Amnesty International uses geospatial technologies to track human rights violations. It provides access to the Science for Human Rights Explorer, a tool that allows users to compare 'before and after' satellite and aerial images of places where human rights violations have occurred. The website also includes a link to Amnesty International's programme Eyes on Syria, an interactive platform that maps information related to human rights abuses in Syria.
The Asia-Pacific Nanotechnology Forum is an independent, non-profit network for policy makers, industry, academics and investors in the Asia-Pacific region. Funded by local governments, it seeks to catalyse the development of nanotechnology research and development. The APNF hosts an annual conference and publishes a quarterly journal
The Association of Nigerians Abroad is an Internet-based association of Nigerian professionals and friends of Nigeria, which works towards improving the technological, educational, economic, and democratic goals of Nigerians. ANA's headquarters are in Cape Town, South Africa.
ATPAC is a group of Thai professionals in North America which aims to promote the advancement of scientific knowledge, technology and education in Thailand. A similar group operates in Japan.
The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre examines how human rights-based approaches can be brought to bear on the operations of international corporations and businesses, particularly with regard to environmental, social, and health-related impacts. As international companies can be the drivers of advances in science and technology, the centre aims to encourage companies to respect human rights by providing relevant information and facilitating constructive discussion.
The website provides resources including guidance on human rights grouped by country, issue and sector; information on principles and standards; and useful tools for monitoring performance. It publishes news and weekly alerts on human rights issues related to business.
This website publishes the work of non-profit think tank Center for Global Development, which works to reduce poverty and inequality through research and engagement with policymakers. It conducts research and analysis on how the policies of developed countries impact people in the developing world, covering topics such as aid effectiveness, education, health and migration.
The website features information about these topics, specific initiatives, and experts working with the organisation. It offers access to its publications including books, essays and reports, resources for educators, and a list of events as well as blogs.
The Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora was established in the University of Hyderabad in 1995. The Centre's remit is to carry out interdisciplinary studies on overseas Indians, who today constitute nearly 15 million, spread over seventy countries.
The Climate Action Network is a global network of over 287 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. CAN plays an active role in climate treaty negotiations, when it provides live progress reports throught its 'ECO' newsletter.
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 Council for Responsible Genetics, founded in 1983, is a US-based non-profit organisation of concerned citizens, including scientists, environmentalists, public health advocates, physicians, and lawyers. CRG advocates socially responsible use of new genetic technologies by encouraging informed public debate about their social, ethical, and environmental implications. While the news articles and some links to reports are freely available, several reports require payment. CRG also publishes a bimonthly magazine called 'GeneWatch'.
COHRED is a nongovernmental organisation that supports developing countries' use of health research to improve their health systems and advance development. It does this through advocacy, technical support, research and knowledge sharing.
The COHRED website lists current programmes and initiatives and provides links to publications including reports, manuals, working papers, presentations and policy papers. Information on how to get involved is also available for policymakers, donors, civil society organisations and media, among others.
The Development Aternatives Group is a non-profit organisation which aims to create sustainable livelihoods, sustainable technologies and sustainable social environments on a large scale in India. It does this through its three branches
(environmental systems, technological systems and institutional systems) working on a local, national regional and global level. Click here
for a list of the group's current programmes.
The Digital Diaspora Network: Africa — a collaborative effort between the UN ICT Task Force, the UN Fund for International Partnerships, the UN Development Fund for Women, Digital Partners, and Gruppo CERFE — seeks to promote development in Africa through mobilising the technological, entrepreneurial and professional expertise and resources of the African diaspora. The objective is to build a network of entrepreneurs from Africa living in North America and Europe who will contribute to promoting digital opportunities in Africa.