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Resources relating to fighting poverty, living with limited resources, and international development issues.
  • A Guide to Improving Internet Access in Africa with Wireless Technologies
    • This article put written by Mike Jensen discusses different ways of bringing the Internet to Africa.
  • A Sustainable Investment Opportunity
    • World Bank bonds raise $25 - $35 billion annually in capital markets for investments in projects designed to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable and caring growth that protects natural resources, making World Bank bonds especially attractive for investors with ethical or sustainable investment strategies. Here you can learn about such projects and investing in sustainability.
  • ACCION International (español)
    • ACCION International es una organización privada, sin fines de lucro con la misión de proveer a la gente las herramientas financieras que necesita - micropréstamos, capacitación de negocios, y otros servicios financieros - para salir de la pobreza.
  • Africa Portal
    • The Africa Portal is an online resource that seeks to broaden the availability, accessibility and use of policy research on issues critical to the future of Africa. It is a collaborative project between the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). The Africa Portal offers a range of features including a Digital Library and an Experts Directory. The library holds over 5000 digital documents including research reports, occasional papers and policy briefs. The entire repository is open access and available for free, full-text download.
  • Asia and the Pacific
    • The vast and culturally diverse Asia and the Pacific region is home to 60 per cent of the world's people. It encompasses the huge, rapidly industrializing economies of China and India, the remote, mountainous communities of Nepal and Bhutan and the small Pacific island countries.
  • Asian Development Bank
    • Asian Development Bank is an international development finance institution whose mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people.
  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
    • The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on policy development in health, disability, human services, data, and science, and provides advice and analysis on economic policy. ASPE leads special initiatives, coordinates the Department's evaluation, research and demonstration activities, and manages cross-Department planning activities such as strategic planning, legislative planning, and review of regulations. Integral to this role, ASPE conducts research and evaluation studies, develops policy analyses, and estimates the cost and benefits of policy alternatives under consideration by the Department or Congress, these reports are found here.
  • Assisting in Emergencies
    • In times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence soar. Reproductive health services - including prenatal care, assisted delivery, and emergency obstetric care - often become unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to HIV infection and sexual exploitation. And many women lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.
  • CARE International
    • CARE is a leading relief and development non-governmental organization fighting global poverty. Non-political and non-sectarian, we operate each year in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, reaching almost 60 million people in poor communities.
  • Centre for Development and Population Activities
    • The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that improves the lives of women and girls in developing countries. CEDPA works with women leaders, local partners, and national and international organizations to give women the tools they need to improve their lives, families and communities.
  • Contraceptive Pearls
    • The "Pearls" offer answers to commonly asked questions about family planning. These "Pearls" are prepared by Dr. James D. Shelton, Senior Medical Scientist, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Development Marketplace
    • Administered by the World Bank, the Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grant program for projects likely to have a strong impact on development. Competitions are held at the global, regional, and country level for a range of civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, and others. Each competition has its own theme. A wide range of themes have been covered in past competitions including supporting innovations of and for people with disabilities.
  • Dialogues on HIV/AIDS Prevention
    • This discussion focuses on HIV and AIDS prevention, beginning with HIV and human rights relations, capacity building, and raising awareness, then moves into treatment, care, support and advocacy.
  • Earthlife Africa Jhb
    • Earthlife Africa is a non-profit organisation, founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1988, that seeks a better life for all people without exploiting other people or degrading their environment. We want to encourage and support individuals, businesses and industries to reduce pollution, minimise waste and protect our natural resources.
  • Ecosanitation: Manual 12e, The Arbour Latrine
    • Instructive manuals for alternating pit latrines.
  • Education Clearing House - Nairobi
    • Collection of "Education in Nairobi" specific documents.
  • Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)
    • Environmental Health Perspectives is a monthly peer-reviewed journal of research and news published with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of EHP is to serve as a forum for the discussion of the interrelationships between the environment and human health by publishing high-quality research and news of the field. The environmental health sciences include many fields of study and increasingly comprise a multidisciplinary research area. EHP publishes articles from a wide range of scientific disciplines encompassing basic research; epidemiologic studies; risk assessment; relevant ethical, legal, social, environmental justice, and policy topics; longitudinal human studies; and in vitro and in vivo animal research with a clear relationship to human health. Because children are uniquely sensitive to their environments, EHP devotes a research section specifically to issues surrounding children’s environmental health.
  • Equity, Poverty, and the Environment
    • Poverty reduction—especially for the poorest—can be greatly enhanced through policies that promote fair distribution of natural resource benefits. In high-inequity, high-poverty countries, equitable access and fair distribution can be more effective than economic growth alone in reducing poverty. Such reforms are often most effective in countries where natural resources dominate local economies and natural capital is particularly significant in determining the overall distribution of wealth. Even small changes in these policies can have a large effect on building the assets of the poor and reducing poverty.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy.
  • Friends of the Earth International Publications
    • Here you will find a large selection of publications relating to climate change, mining, eco justice, agriculture, forestry, and pollution.
  • FUNREDES
    • FUNREDES is a Non-Governmental Organization, dedicated to the dissemination of New Information and Communication Technologies (NICT) in developing countries, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. The collaboration with International Organizations, NGO's, the States, Administrations, and public or private institutions, with the objective of contributing to regional development and integration.
  • Global Fund for Women
    • This group promotes women’s economic security, health, education and leadership. It is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. They advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world.
  • HIV and AIDS Program
    • The goal of the HIV and AIDS program is ambitious: to arrest the spread of the HIV epidemic in developing countries and to enable people to mitigate or eliminate the impact of HIV on their own health, and on their families, communities, and societies.
  • Institute for Policy Studies
    • IPS is a community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally. We work with social movements to promote true democracy and challenge concentrated wealth, corporate influence, and military power.
  • Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
    • The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open global network of representatives from NGOs, UN agencies, donor agencies, governments, academic institutions, schools and affected populations working together to ensure all persons the right to quality and safe education in emergencies and post-crisis recovery.
  • Land Research Action Network
    • News, analysis and research on Land Reform and Agrarian Change around the world.
  • Linking Population and Development
    • Population dynamics, including growth rates, age structure, fertility and mortality, migration and more—influence every aspect of human, social and economic development. In turn, other core areas of UNFPA’s work, including reproductive health and women’s empowerment, powerfully influence population trends.
  • Midwives
    • Professionally trained midwives have had an essential role in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of reducing maternal and newborn mortality rates. Yet, the midwifery profession often garners little recognition, meager income, and limited career opportunities in addition to inconsistent training practices. These factors contribute to the acute shortage of these valuable healthcare workers.
  • Millennium Development Goals Indicators
    • This site presents the official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for more than 60 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The data and analyses are the product of the work of the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on MDG Indicators, coordinated by the United Nations Statistics Division. You will also find the official progress reports and documents produced by IAEG.
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.
  • One World Action
    • One World Action works with local partners in developing countries to ensure marginalised people have a voice. Women's rights are central to all we do-- just and sustainable development is not possible if half the world is excluded.
  • Passive Air Conditioning
    • Low Evergy Cooling, How Cool Towers Work, Basic Cool Tower Design, Design of Your Tower, Common Cool Tower Design, Advanced Cool Tower Design
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers: All Documents Sorted by Country
    • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) are prepared by the member countries through a participatory process involving domestic stakeholders as well as eng development partners, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Updated every three years with annual progress reports, PRSPs describe the country's macroeconomic, structural and social policies and programs over a three year or longer horizon to promote broad-based growth and reduce poverty, as well as associated eng financing needs and major sources of financing. Interim PRSPs (I-PRSPs) summarize the current knowledge and analysis of a country's poverty situation, describe the existing poverty reduction strategy, and lay out the process for producing a fully developed PRSP in a participatory fashion. The country documents, along with the accompanying IMF/World Bank Joint Staff Assessments (JSAs), are being made available on the World Bank and IMF websites by agreement with the member country as a service to users of the World Bank and IMF websites.
  • Poverty, Gender and Youth Program
    • Through the Poverty, Gender, and Youth program, Population Council staff members seek to understand the social dimensions of poverty, the determinants and consequences of gender inequality, the disparities that arise during adolescence, and the critical elements of a successful transition to adulthood in developing countries.
  • Practical Action
    • Practical Action is a development organization working in the UK. They provide practical tools and resources for people in need. The tools may be simple or sophisticated – but to provide long-term, appropriate and practical answers, they must be firmly in the hands of local people: people who shape technology and control it for themselves.
  • Practical Answers
    • Information presented by Practical Answers is focused small-scale appropriate technology aimed at improving access to infrastructure and enterprise development for people living in poverty.
  • Results International (Australia)
    • This Australian arm of Results International engages members across Australia in grass roots advocacy efforts against global poverty.
  • Save and Grow
    • The Green Revolution led to a quantum leap in food production and bolstered world food security. In many countries, however, intensive crop production has depleted agriculture’s natural resource base, jeopardizing future productivity. In order to meet projected demand over the next 40 years, farmers in the developing world must double food production, a challenge made even more daunting by the combined effects of climate change and growing competition for land, water and energy.
  • Social Transitions
    • SocialTransitions.org is a knowledge-sharing resource for donors, practitioners and policy makers committed to extending the economic development gains in Europe and Eurasia to the social sector. Articles cover topics such as: domestic violence, education, gender, labor markets & workforce development, social insurance & assistance, trafficking, and vulnerable groups.
  • Sparkman Center for Global Health
    • Information about the Sparkman Center for Global Health and its activities. The mission of the Sparkman Center is to contribute to solutions of health problems in developing countries through graduate-level public health education, research, and training programs.
  • State of the World's Children Report 2008
    • The State of the World’s Children 2008 assesses the state of child survival and primary health care for mothers, newborns and children today. These issues serve as sensitive barometers of a country’s development and wellbeing and as evidence of its priorities and values.
  • Sudan
    • Links to information on the genocide in Sudan and elsewhere in Africa
  • Sustainable Building Technologies Library
    • Sustainable Building Technologies from the Library of SKAT Publications 2001
  • Synergos
    • Works with its partners to mobilize resources to reduce poverty and increase equity around the world. The Knowledge Resources section of their website links users to a library of documents on topics such as strengthening partnerships and collaborative relationships; how philanthropy can empower marginalized or poor communities; how philanthropists can evaluate the impact of their grants; and more. Most of its material is targeted at grant makers rather than grant seekers, but could expose organizations to the kind of issues with which funders are concerned. Most of its information is available in English; some is also available in Spanish or Portuguese.
  • The Gaia-Movement Trust Living Earth Green World Action
    • The Gaia Movement is an international network of individuals and groups that share a concern for living more sustainably on the earth. This site has many publications about irrigation, farming, and other simple technologies to help people and the environment.
  • The Smart Campaign
    • The Smart Campaign was formed to implement a common code of conduct in the microfinance industry to help implement client protection safeguards within the industry’s operations. Has web content in English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Arabic.
  • The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
    • This annual funding competition, usually held in November and December each year, seeks proposals for projects meant to strengthen the voice of civil society in various democratic processes.
  • The WiderNet Project
    • The WiderNet Project is a service program affiliated with the University of North Carolina that works to improve digital communication in developing countries. The WiderNet Project focuses on the improvement of educational communication systems in underserved areas of the world by providing faculty and students with access to computers and the eGranary Digital Library.
  • The World Bank - Mainstream Organizations
    • This page offers an extensive list of links to mainstream organizations in the international development community. Many of these organizations include a focus on disability as one part of their activities. The list includes multi-lateral donors (development banks); bi-lateral donors (government agencies devoted to development); organizations committed to corporate social responsibilities (i.e., businesses that try to behave responsibly); foundations; bibliographic sources; and sources for statistics.
  • The World Bank - The Solomon Islands
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Solomon Islands, their economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • UN Habitat
    • The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. In English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese.
  • UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
    • The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
  • UNAIDS
    • The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS is the main advocate for global action on the epidemic. It leads, strengthens and supports an expanded response aimed at preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS, and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.
  • UNESCO Education Website
    • The organization aims to help build a sustainable world with just societies that value knowledge, promote peace, celebrate diversity and defend human rights, achieved by providing Education for All (EFA).
  • UNFPA Gender Equality Web Page
    • This United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) webpage contains information on reproductive health and human rights.
  • UNFPA: United Nations Population Fund
    • UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies to reduce poverty and ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity.
  • UNICEF - Basic Education and Gender Equality
    • A rights-based approach to education will address inequalities in our societies that are deep-rooted and often gender-based. Such inequalities exclude millions of children, particularly girls, from school or condemn them to educational experiences of very poor quality.
  • UNICEF Main
    • Excellent resource for educational materials for all ages
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
    • UNCTAD, which is governed by its 194 member States, is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development. Its work can be summed up in three words: think, debate, and deliver. Reflection on development is at the heart of UNCTAD’s work. It produces often-innovative analyses that form the basis for recommendations to economic policymakers. The aim is to help them take informed decisions and promote the macroeconomic policies best suited to ending global economic inequalities and to generating people-centred sustainable development. UNCTAD is also a forum where representatives of all countries can freely engage in dialogue and discuss ways to establish a better balance in the global economy.
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Web Site
    • UNDP is the United Nation's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
    • Established in 1958, the ECA is one of five regional commissions under the administrative direction of the UN. As the regional arm of the UN in Africa, it is mandated to support the economic and social development of its 53 member states, foster regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. It reports to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • United Nations Mission in Sudan - Arabic version
    • The United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) was established by the UN Security Council under Resolution 1590[1] of 24 March 2005, in response to the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the government of the Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement on January 9, 2005 in Nairobi, Kenya. UNMIS tasks are to support the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, to perform certain functions relating to humanitarian assistance, protection, promotion of human rights, and to support African Union Mission in Sudan.[2] The current mandate of UNMIS ends on April 30, 2011, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1919.
  • United Nations Population Information Network
    • The Population Information Network (POPIN) was founded on 9 May 1979, by resolution 1979/33 of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. POPIN strives to make international, regional and national population information, particularly information available from United Nations sources, easily available to the international community.
  • United Nations Web Site
    • The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
    • USAID is an independent federal government agency that promotes U.S. foreign policy by furthering international economic growth, agriculture, and trade; global health; and democracy, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance.
  • USAID Health: Family Planning
    • USAID's Family Planning program is one of the success stories in U.S. development assistance. Since the launch of the program in 1965, families are better able to feed, clothe, educate, and provide health care for their children. Countless women and children are alive today as a result of USAID assistance.
  • USAID Health: HIV/AIDS
    • The U.S. government has made the fight against HIV/AIDS a top priority, not only for humanitarian reasons, but because the HIV/AIDS crisis threatens the prosperity, stability, and development of nations around the world. USAID has funded almost $6 billion since inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986, more than any other public or private organization.
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
    • Almost fifty per cent of the developing world’s population – 2.5 billion people – lack improved sanitation facilities, and over 884 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources.
  • Women Watch
    • WomenWatch is a joint UN project to create a core Internet space on global women's issues. It was created to monitor the results of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. It was founded in March 1997 by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). *Includes copy of Beijing Platform for Action
  • Womens Health & Education Center (WHEC)
    • Women's health and status is a very complex and challenging issue for the developing and industrialized countries both. Women face enormous obstacles – prejudice, ostracism, domestic violence, poverty, hunger and virtually no access to medical care and life saving medicines. Site available in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.
  • World Bank
    • The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. They provide low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes.
  • World Bank - Ecuador
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Ecuador, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country. Also available in Spanish.
  • World Bank - Fiji
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Fiji, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - Kiribati
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Kiribati, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - Namibia
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Namibia, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country.
  • World Bank - Nicaragua
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Nicaragua, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country. Also available in Spanish.
  • World Bank - Palau
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Palau, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - Papua New Guinea
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Papua New Guinea, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Also learn about World Bank projects in the country.
  • World Bank - Peru
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Peru, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country. Also available in Spanish.
  • World Bank - Samoa
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Samoa, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - The Federated States of Micronesia
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about the Federated States of Micronesia, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - The Marshall Islands
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about the Marshall Islands, their economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - Tonga
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Tonga, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - Uganda
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Uganda, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country.
  • World Bank - Ukraine
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Ukraine, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Also learn about World Bank projects in the country.
  • World Bank EdStats
    • EdStats, short for Education Statistics, is a comprehensive education statistics database developed by the World Bank’s Education Group of the Human Development Network in collaboration with Development Data Group in the Development Economics Vice-Presidency.
  • World Food Programme
    • The World Food Programme is part of the United Nations. Its goal is to halve the proportion of hungry people in the world. The Web site has sections to learn more about hunger and how WFP food aid, which reached 96.7 million people in 82 countries in 2005, is leading the fight against the number one risk to global health. In 18 different languages.
  • World Resources Institute
    • WRI is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. We have over 50 active projects working on aspects of global climate change, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and environmentally responsible governance.
  • YouThink
    • You think about the world...you care about the world...you are ready to act to make it a better place...but need to learn about the issues at stake...this is where Youthink! comes into play!