The Global Development Network (GDN) is an independent International Organization that allies researchers and institutes in development globally. GDN aims to build a critical mass of accomplished and renowned social scientists in developing and transition countries who are globally interconnected and produce good research to impact public policy.
GDN’s mission is building research capacity
Its aspiration is to achieve a critical mass of researchers who are globally interconnected and produce good research to impact public policy. GDN supports researchers in developing and transition countries to generate and share applied social science research to advance social and economic development.
GDN is an international organization: Increasing voice
GDN is now an International Organization. The Agreement establishing the Global Development Network as an International Organization came into effect on February 25, 2008, when Colombia completed the ratification process. Seven sovereign states -- Colombia, Egypt, India, Italy, Senegal, Spain and Sri Lanka -- have already signed the Agreement. Many other countries have expressed interest in becoming members of GDN and negotiations are underway with government officials.
GDN has always been and will continue to be managed by researchers for researchers. This is ensured primarily through a unique selection process -- Each of our regional network partners and international research organizations select their own representatives to our Board. So far from being a ceremonial head of our network, our Board has an in-built ability to respond to the needs of researchers and plays a crucial role in supporting the generation of multidisciplinary research across the world.
We work with eleven regional network partners covering both developing and developed countries. Each partner is itself a network, linking numerous research networks within its region and facilitating their members' contact with policymakers.
In 2005, the GDN Secretariat moved from Washington, D.C, to New Delhi, India. However the Washington Office remains an active component in the GDN structure and mainly handles GDN's annual conferences. The main aim of the move to Delhi was to be closer to our key constituency – researchers in the developing world. The Secretariat remains but the small hub coordinating the various and diverse activities of this global network. For more on GDN Secretariat »
Our office in Cairo manages GDNet, a knowledge hub that brings together and communicates policy-relevant research from the Global South. For more on GDNet team »
GDN receives support for its activities from a variety of sponsors, including governments of both developing and developed nations, international organizations and the private sector. Since its incorporation as a not-for-profit organization independent of The World Bank in 2001, there has been an increase in the amount of financial support and the number of donors. Today we receive financial contributions from nineteen major donors. In addition, many other organizations, governments and institutes provide sponsorship for specific activities and projects, such as our annual conferences, the awards and medals competitions.