About GDNet: the knowledge service from the Global Development Network (GDN)
Research Communications from & for the Global South
Policy processes better informed by outstanding research from the South
GDNet is a knowledge hub that brings together and communicates policy-relevant research from the Global South. It aims to be an internationally recognized focal point/ knowledge broker for development research to inform policy debate. GDNet is a partnership with regional networks and leading experts in the field. GDNet provides access to on-line journals and data, synthesizes and communicates Southern research, and strengthens research communications capacity.
The GDNet Knowledgebase brings together and communicates policy-relevant research from the Global South through a collection of ThematicandRegional Windows. The GDNet Knowledgebase includes summaries of more than 21,000 research papers and profiles of over 12,000 southern researchers. To its members, GDNet provides free access to over 1,000 online journals, key datasets and information on funding for researchers in developing and transition countries.
More than 1100 researchers have benefitted from GDNet’s regional knowledge management and research communications training events in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Through activities such as ‘writeshops’ for researchers, GDNet provides practical advice on how to explain their research to non-academic audiences who have too little time and too much competing information. GDNet also works with regional partners to bring together researchers to work on a single communications theme such as ‘working with the media’ or ‘understanding the perspectives of donors’.
The GDNet team is committed to reflecting on what it has learnt about good practice in knowledge brokering for the Global South and sharing its experiences and lessons with other knowledge-brokers and those interested in research uptake. This knowledge-sharing takes a variety of forms includingpublications, case stories, presentations and networking with peers. GDNet is a member of several related networks including the I-K-Mediary Network and the EADI Information Managers Working Group.
We convene by providing opportunities for our members to contribute research and debate ideas in development thinking, policy and practice.
We enable through hosting communication training events and creating learning materials.
We provide information by giving free access to funding opportunities, online research, data and journals.