BSDglobal is a great source of CSR information with a focus on case studies
categorised by sector, offering information on strategies and providing tools
companies can use to translate an aspiration of sustainability into practice.
You can find information on business perspectives, access to specific tools,
business opportunities arising from sustainable development, NGO-business
partnerships, an introduction to the financial sector and sustainability and
an overview of training opportunities.
The Eldis Corporate Social Responsibility
Resource Guide offers quick access to key
documents, organisations, research themes,
discussions and other key resources.
Business and Sustainable Development: A Global Guide
Selected by Martina Gernet, Editor of the Eldis
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Resource Guide
You can find up to date relevant information on business and human rights
on this website. There is a comprehensive online library covering over 150
topics. The website provides a very balanced view of the topic as it includes
reports of corporate misconduct, as well as positive examples of “best
practice” by companies. Content of the website is available in English,
Spanish and French. You can sign up for a weekly email update or
customised alerts on a particular topic.
To get an NGO perspective on CSR issues, check out the CORE website.
CORE represents over 130 charities and campaigning organisations.
The steering group of CORE includes: Action Aid, Amnesty International UK,
Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth, Traidcraft, War on Want and World
Wildlife Fund (UK). On the website you will find information on campaigns
and events, you can also read and download reports and papers by CORE
and its supporting organisations.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
The Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU)
ICFTU’s work focuses on employment and international labour standards,
tackling issues relating to multinationals, trade union rights, equality, women,
race and migrants, as well as trade union organisation and recruitment.
The website provides background information and access to publications
on all these themes. The site is available in English, French and Spanish.
International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)
If you are interested in how international businesses engage with CSR issues, the
IBLF website is a good place to start. The Forum aims to promote socially responsible
business practices that help to achieve sustainable development in emerging
economies. It focuses on inspiring leadership, building capacity and developing
partnerships. The website is easy to navigate, providing information on activities
and events. You can also download publications, fact sheets and case studies.
EURODAD is a Network of European NGOs interested in adjustment
and issues of debt. Its website provides information on the Network, list
of publications and full text materials, including Briefing Papers. It also links
to information on key areas relating to debt relief, including the Poverty
Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs), debt sustainability, debt arbitration
and a useful glossary.
FONDAD is an independent policy research centre and a forum
for international discussion established in the Netherlands. On this
website you can find factual background information and practical strategies
for policymakers. There are free publications to download and some
of the work is translated into Spanish.
Forum on Debt and Development (FONDAD)
The Eldis Aid and Debt Resource Guide
offers quick access to key documents,
organisations, research themes, discussions
and other key resources.
European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD)
Selected by Alyson Brody,
Editor of the Eldis Aid and Debt Resource Guide
Jubilee Research is part of the Global and National Economics programme
at the New Economics Foundation in London. One of the key issues tackled
by Jubilee is debt, and its website provides access to several cutting edge
publications on debt and the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.
There are various free papers to download, and a searchable database.
This is the official World Bank site on the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries
(HIPC) Initiative and other debt issues. You can find a considerable amount
of information about the HIPC initiative, including a list of HIPC countries
and publications. The site also includes policy documents, the latest news
and events, country case studies and statistics on debt.
World Bank – Debt Issues
African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD)
AFRODAD is a research, lobby and advocacy regional organisation that
aims to redress Africa's debt and development crisis. Most notably, it provides
aview on debt from within Africa, rather than a Northern institutional
perspective. The site hosts a collection of various publications, reports
and other free resources, along with a searchable database and a useful Debt
Profile section organised by country.
The IRC delivers emergency relief, rehabilitation, resettlement and post-conflict
development for those uprooted or affected by conflict and emergencies.
The website contains detailed information about projects, background studies
and situation reports of countries where the IRCis active.
The UN/ISDR is the focal point in the UN System to promote links and
synergies between, and the coordination of, disaster reduction and policy
integration activities. It serves as an international information clearinghouse
on disaster reduction, developing awareness campaigns and producing
articles, journals and other publications related to disaster reduction.
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)
id21 communicates research on international
development themes, including disasters and
emergencies, to decision makers and practitioners
worldwide, through free publications, email
newsletters, and online summaries.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Selected by Deepayan Basu Ray,
id21 Global Issues Editor
Reuters AlertNet is a humanitarian news network which aims to keep
professionals, policy-makers, civil society and the wider public up-to-date
on humanitarian crises around the globe. The website is very easy to use
and features detailed analysis and speedy and accurate reporting from
its worldwide network of journalists on new, existing and potential crises.
ReliefWeb is a comprehensive gateway to information (documents
and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. It is designed
specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective
delivery of emergency assistance. ReliefWeb is administered by the UN
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Disasters and Emergencies
UNDP – The Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR)
The BCPR is the UN agency responsible for working on conflict prevention
and peace-building, natural disaster prevention, small arms control,
disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), internally displaced
people (IDPs), and justice and security sector reform. The website contains
free access to a large number of background, research and
CREATE is a partnership of UK, South Asian and sub-Saharan African
institutions looking to improve access to education for 5 to 15 year olds in
poor countries. Launched in January 2006, CREATE is producing a series of
Country Analytic Reviews and Cross National Reviews which will be freely
available online. Currently limited to background documents and links to
resources related to access issues in education, this website is one to watch.
The EFA movement began at the World Conference on Education for All
in 1990 and this website is dedicated to giving an in-depth understanding
of the movement. It provides Frequently Asked Questions, background
documents and reports on workshops, forums and conferences. It is also the
home of the EFA monitoring reports that make available details of country
by country progress to achieving the EFA goals.
UNESCO – Education for All (EFA)
id21 communicates research on international
development themes, including education, to
decision makers and practitioners worldwide,
through free publications, email newsletters,
and online summaries.
Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions
and Equity (CREATE)
Selected by Cheryl Brown, Marketing Coordinator
in the Strategic Learning Initiative and former
Education and Urban Poverty Editor at id21
The African Education Knowledge Warehouse (AEKW) is an education portal
run by SchoolNet Africa and is targeted at those interested in using information
and communication technologies (ICTs) in African schools. The portal summarises
online resources suitable for African students, teachers, policy-makers and
activists in five different languages and has a section (GenderWatch) focusing
on how women and girls are using ICTs, particularly in Africa.
This site is the home of the Global Campaign for Education, which brings
together major NGOs and teachers' unions working in over 150 countries
to campaign for free quality education for all. The site is particularly
geared around supporting and reporting on the annual Global Action
Week in April. Visitors can download campaigning and advocacy materials
and policy briefing papers. Several of the resources are available in French
and Spanish, as well as English.
African Education Knowledge Warehouse
Global Campaign for Education (GCE)
UNESCO - Education
This huge section of the UNESCO website is a collection of mini-sites on
themes such as School Health and HIV/AIDS, Teacher Education and Literacy.
Visitors can explore the thematic sites relevant to their interests to find
UNESCO publications, news, information on forums and global activities,
reference tools, good practice stories, etc. The main Education site gives an
overview of education goals and access to the Global Monitoring Reports.
The Rural Finance Learning Centre is a website for capacity building
in the area of rural finance, with a focus on microfinance. The site is easy
to navigate, with free and useful information on training and an online
reference library. An especially nice feature is the self study guides
and online lessons covering a range of subjects including commercial banks
and microfinance, and agricultural cooperative management.
This is a website with a comprehensive glossary of political economy
terminology, which might be helpful for navigating the other four selected
websites. The website is maintained and updated regularly by Dr Paul
Johnson at Auburn University, USA. The glossary uses plain English to
explain the technical terms, the site has a keyword search facility and where
necessary there are hypertext links to explanations of other glossary terms.
Auburn University – A Glossary of Political Economy Terms
The IDS Information Department supports a large
and diverse international community through its family
of Knowledge Services and knowledge sharing and
consultancy work. While each service has a distinct
approach, audience and focus, they all share one goal:
to help development research and knowledge reach
those who can use it to reduce poverty and injustice.
ABOUT THE IDS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT
Rural Finance Learning Centre
Selected by Shaun Kennedy,
Information Projects Coordinator at IDS
The IMF maintains a vast but easily navigated website with free access
to a huge diversity of materials related to economic and financial sector
policies. The ‘first time visitors’ section is an excellent place to get started
on this site and from this point users can follow links to an enormous
amount of free publications and links to country specific information.
Much of the material is also available in Arabic, French, Spanish and German.
The TWN website has information on a wide variety of development issues
and represents Southern interests and perspectives on the major economic
and social issues affecting development. The website is full of useful
information and you can find links to such issues as ‘Economics’ and ‘Global
Financial and Economic Crisis’. The information is available on easy to read
web pages, with free papers and reports available. There are also links to
other useful websites.
Finance and Economics
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Third World Network (TWN)
Eldis – Finance Policy Resource Guide
The Eldis Finance Policy Resource Guide provides access to thousands of
documents editorially selected for their subject quality. There is a searchable
database to make it easier to find information and each document comes
with a short and easy-to-read abstract with a link to the full document.
You can find information on several finance policy related areas, including
domestic finance and microfinance, along with links to other organisations.
IFPRI’s website includes details of its research (by topic, country, etc),
publications (some of which are downloadable) and access to datasets.
The section on IFPRI’s 2020 Vision to promote action to meet food needs
contains the proceedings of conferences on Assuring Food and Nutrition
Security in Africa and on Sustainable Food Security For All, which give
overviews of the issues.
Contains details of WFP’s operations and policies, which effectively means
that it provides information on food crises and relief programmes throughout
the world. There is also a valuable introductory section defining hunger,
its causes and WFP’s responses and a guide to food security by country.
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Europe's largest research collection on economic
and social change in developing countries,
BLDS supports teaching and research on
the Sussex University campus and reaches
aglobal audience through its online services.
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Selected by Ian Budden, Senior Librarian at the British
Library for Development Studies
Offers a comprehensive listing of documents, websites and statistics from the
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Particularly useful for monitoring
progress in reducing food insecurity are the World Food Summit of 1996,
and the annual reports on The State of Food and Agriculture and The State
of Food Insecurity in the world. The site provides downloadable publications.
This site is easy to navigate and includes information on the Household
Economy Approach for anticipating and dealing with food security problems
(developed by Save the Children in partnership with FAO Global Information
and Early Warning System). The website also has reports available to
download on food security issues in different countries and a collection
of links to other food security websites.
World Agricultural Information Centre Portal
Food Security and Livelihoods Unit (from Save the Children UK)
Forum for Food Security in Southern Africa
Run by a consortium of UK and South African institutions, this site
concentrates on and has input from the South. It provides a forum
for discussing causes of, and policy options for, the food crisis in Southern
Africa and includes sections analysing food security issues in the region
as a whole and in individual countries. This site is easy to navigate, has
downloadable publications (often with full text) and links to the full text
of a number of further publications.
CIFOR is a well-known international research and knowledge institution
working to protect forests and improve the livelihoods of people in the
tropics. Its website hosts CIFOR publications, resources for the media,
news and links to more subject-specific CIFOR websites. There is also
auseful toolbox of guidelines on such areas as assessment, indicators,
vegetation classification systems, etc.
WRM is an international network of citizens' groups seeking to protect
the world's rainforests. The website's services include a monthly electronic
bulletin (available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese), links to advocacy
campaigns and a handy tool for searching forest information either by country
or by subject, as well as forestry and conservation organisations by type.
World Rainforest Movement (WRM)
The Eldis Forestry Resource Guide
offers quick access to key documents,
organisations, research themes,
discussions and other key resources.
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Selected by Boudy Van Schagen,
Editor of the Eldis Forestry Resource Guide
This comprehensive resource from the UN Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) provides links to forestry news (newsfeed available),
current and archived FAO forestry publications, upcoming events
and the free forestry journal ‘UnaSylva’. The website also allows access
to the popular ‘Ask FAO’ and ‘Best Practices’. The website is accessible
in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.
This is a website for conservationists and visitors who are interested
in conserving forests and tackling deforestation. A complete news service
is offered, with subscription options via newsfeed or email. There is a tool
for searching the content of other forestry websites, thematically organised
links to relevant content, and a forest conservation blog.
Forest Conservation Portal
European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN)
ETFRN is a forum for communication between European organisations,
researchers, institutions and stakeholders concerned with (sub) tropical forest
research. The website covers various thematic issues in forestry, a regular
newsletter and a useful ‘Question & Answer Service’. You can also find
information about their workshops and other training opportunities or funding.
APC WNSP is a group that aims to support women networking for social
change and women's empowerment, through the use of Information
Communication Technologies (ICTs). On this website you can find information
about APC WNSP activities, their training courses and details on how to
evaluate ICTs projects from a gender perspective. There is also a range of free
resources available to download, including toolkits, articles and publications.
Siyanda offers access to a database of
over 1800 summaries and links to online
gender resources from across the world
and features a gender experts and
Association for Progressive Communications Women’s
Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP)
UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations. Their website offers
information about UNIFEM, gender issues, and various news and events
including the latest campaigns and jobs in gender. There is a range
of resources that are organised by type, subject area and region, with the
majority being available as a free PDF. You can also sign up for their free
e-newsletter and newsfeed to have content syndicated on your own website.
BRIDGE hosts Siyanda, the online database of selected
gender and development materials from around the
world. The team collaborates with their International
Advisory Committee (IAC) to ensure that Siyanda
features the most up-to-date and relevant online
resources and these are four of the websites that
the IAC particularly draws on.
AWID aims to connect and inform organisations that are committed
to achieving gender equality and seeks to influence policy. The website offers
agood selection of resources, including publications, analysis work carried
out by AWID and vacancies. You can also find information on the five
thematic programmes that AWID works on. The site is available in English,
French and Spanish.
HRW works to fight for and promote women’s rights globally.
The ‘Women’s Rights’ pages provide news on women’s rights
and information on related international legal standards. There is a range
of free publications to download, with articles organised by theme
or region. Information from the website is available in a variety of languages
including French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic
Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
Human Rights Watch (HRW) – Women’s Rights
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