Websites of the Month, July 2009

ACP Business Climate
The Private Sector Enabling Environment Facility (PSEEF) is an EU funded initiative under the Cotonou Agreement. From now on, the Facility will be promoted under the ACP Business Climate facility (BizClim).On this newly established Professional Network , you can have your own page. On the main page, you find videos, pictures, blogs, links to published documents, BizClim-TV, events (e.g. workshop, conferences), publications (BizNews, e-zine), etc. Join in on NING!

AfricaAdapt – Knowledge sharing for climate change adaptation
AfricaAdapt provides a means for researchers, policymakers, and all Africans affected by climate change to test new ways of sharing their experiences and challenges across barriers of distance, culture and language.

African Economic Outlook
This is the only place where African countries are examined through a common analytical framework, allowing you to compare economic prospects at the regional, sub-regional and country levels. Beyond numbers and stats you will find news, events, resources and in-depth analyses of sectors critical to the continent’s advancement. Whether you are interested in macroeconomic developments, structural issues, governance, human development or just the raw figures, it is all here. – Job portal for social sector
This portal is been developed after lot of research and understanding of the social sector. It will endeavor to reduce the recruitment costs of the non-profits by providing a high-class technology based job portal.

Capacity Building Forum by WBI and InWEnt
The World Bank Institute and InWEnt Capacity Building International started this professional network for international partners in the development training and learning community with a shared agenda to improve the practice and metrics of capacity development programs. The online community originated from a High-Level Retreat on the Effectiveness of International Development Training. Here you can watch videos and listen to podcasts of the event and discuss the issues with experts and practitioners. Join in on NING!

CorpWatch: Holding Corporations Accountable
Information on some of the global companies participating in the Global Compact, which have caused or contributed to violations of human rights and/or environmental catastrophes (BASF, Nike, Shell, BP Amoco, Novartis, Rio Tinto Inc.).

CTA’s Knowledge for development
This website supports the policy dialogue on S&T for agricultural and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. It enables the ACP scientific community – primarily agricultural research and development scientists and technologists, policy makers, farmers and other stakeholders and actors – to share and review results of national and regional efforts and collaborate to harness science and technology for the development of agriculture in their countries. – the media portal to EU development cooperation
The idea behind this site is to support journalists in their EU development coverage. This single entry point provides you with a comprehensive source of news and background – relevant, up to date and reliable.

Evidence-Based Policy in Development Network
This website is a key outcome of ODI’s Civil Society Partnership Programme (CSPP), and aims to establish a worldwide community of practice for think tanks, policy research institutes and similar organisations working in international development, to promote more evidence-based, pro-poor development policies.

ExportHelp – Promoting and supporting access to the European market
The European Commission runs a database for the explicit support of market players in developing countries who want to bring their products on the EU market. The database gives an overview on the EU´s preferential trade regimes established for developing countries as well as lists all tariffs, taxes and other requirements for goods destined for import.

GIGA Journals available free-of-charge on the Internet
The four renowned academic journals of the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies are now available online and free-of-charge. Every Internet user can now access the full content of the GIGA Journal Family at no cost, which means that the reach of the journals is now significantly greater.

ilissAfrica – Africa Virtual Library on the Internet
Finding relevant literature on a specific African topic or country – this is possible with the Internet Library Sub-Saharan Africa, which is now online and accessible to everyone. Users can search for books, anthologies, journal articles and Internet resources. They are then led directly to the corresponding website or shown at which library the book or journal article can be found. The portal is a joint project of the University Library in Frankfurt and the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg.

ILO’s Synergies project
The Synergies project site is intended as a platform on current applied research and practical implementation of linking financial services to business services that contribute to pro poor enterprise development, income and job creation.

Knowledge Sharing Toolkit
The Institutional Knowledge Sharing (KS) Project together with CGIAR Center partners has been experimenting with a range of KS tools and methods over the past five years and has recently been assembling these and many others into this toolkit. It is an evolving resource, continually updated, edited, expanded, and critiqued and it’s aimed at scientists, research support teams, and administrators working in international development agencies, with a special emphasis on those engaged in agriculture and agricultural research.

Microfinance Gateway launches new and improved website
In response to user feedback, the Microfinance Gateway now offers interactive features, a new look and feel, and updated information on hot topics in microfinance. Microfinance Voices, a series of feature articles, focuses on current issues, trends and debates in the industry. Readers can now build conversations around these articles using the new Comments feature to voice their opinions and create dialogue around current topics. The latest in this series, Microfinance and the Environmental Bottom Line, explores the growing field of green microfinance.

Political Finance Database
The International IDEA database on Political Finance Laws and Regulations contains information on the laws on funding of political parties for more than 100 countries in the world. That makes it the largest collection of such information available. The database provides information on different themes like regulation and enforcement; public funding provisions; bans on sources of funding; and on disclosure rules and ceilings for income and expenditure.

Remittance Prices Worldwide
The Remittances Prices Worldwide Website provides data on the cost of sending and receiving small amounts of money from one country to another. For the first time since the site was launched in September 2008, new data has been published. Plus, new features have been added to the site, including 14 new country-to-country corridors, categories that describe the extent of network coverage in recipient countries, and a new set of standardized measures of transfer speed.

SPM Network – Making microfinance work for the poor and excluded
The SPM Network connects individuals and organisations who are committed to managing and achieving social performance in microfinance. This is also a space for practitioners to share experiences, common challenges and key lessons learnt around social performance management (SPM). Join in on NING!

The African Good Governance Network (AGGN)
The AGGN comprises a group of highly educated African academics who have either studied in Germany or are still studying in Germany. AGGN members consider it their duty to actively promote the values of Good Governance and thus accompany the economic and political transformation process in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Global University Network for Innovation

The Global University Network for Innovation – GUNI is composed of UNESCO Chairs in Higher Education, research centers, universities, networks and other institutions highly committed to innovation in higher education. More than 100 institutions from around the world are GUNI members. There are a number of reports on higher education available on the GUNI website.

World Press
Want to be informed? Have a look at this website. World Press offers headlines and links to more than 5,000 news publications in more than 190 countries. Source: FITA.