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The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS)
The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS) seeks to satisfy the
growing demand for supplementary and specialist technical advisory services on the
part of DFID’s 100 Economists and 30 Private Sector Development (PSD) Advisors. The service is open to other users within DFID and other donor agencies. It provides
additional expertise to supplement in-house resources and enable DFID advisors to meet
surges in demand for the services of technical specialists. The EPSDS is poised to
mobilise specialists to hostile and post conflict environments, manage the attendant
security and risk requirements, and operate in disaster and post-disaster situations. The EPSDS website is designed to explain how to use the service and contact the management team. It also enables DFID staff to access information and learning generated by the EPSDS and the Economist Resource Centre (the predecessor to the EPSDS) through the Document Library.

SEEP Community – Global learning for microenterprise practitioners
Through The SEEP Network, practitioners from around the world collaborate to develop
practical guidance and tools, build capacity, and help set standards. It connects
microenterprise practitioners from around the world to develop practical guidance and tools, build capacity, and help set standards to advance our common vision: a sustainable income in every household. Discover valuable information, share your
experiences, and help shape the future of microfinance and enterprise development.
Work with us to advance our common vision: a sustainable income in every household.

B2Bxl Global FairNet – connect business & social concern
B2Bxl is an open platform on business development at development countries and emerging markets. Its content is to be established by a community of cooperative individuals and organisations with the common interest of linking their personal interests to sustainable and social market development.

Ideas for Development
This is an international Blog meant to stimulate debate on development issues. It
brings together a set of senior professionals engaged in this sphere through their
careers and personal convictions. This Blog aims at offering a new forum for open discussion and interaction between scholars, students, professionals of various
backgrounds and the public at large. Together, they can share information, viewpoints
and visions for the future with the common goal of advancing the cause of development.

Safety Nets How To
This is a resource guide for practitioners involved in the design and implementation
of social protection systems. It pulls together summary information, country cases and guidelines on key processes and cross-cutting issues, with lessons for everyday
program implementation. The information is organized in a standardized, concise and
accessible format and draws on best practices across a variety of contexts, including middle-income, low-income and fragile states. This portal is a living product. Feedback and suggestions are welcome so that the content can be enriched and an
enhanced version 2 can be developed in the future. In particular we are interested in addressing any information gap on key topics.

The Africa Portal
This is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa. An
undertaking by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Makerere
University (MAK), and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Africa Portal offers open access to a suite of features including an online
library collection; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an
international events calendar; and a mobile technology component—all aimed to equip users with research and information on Africa’s current policy issues.

R4D – A Portal to DFID Funded Research
R4D is a free access on-line database containing information about research programmes
supported by DFID. R4D provides you with the latest information about research funded
by DFID, including news, case studies and details of current and past research in over 30,000 project and document records.

New Online Database on African Fiscal Performance Data and statistics
A complete database of public revenue flows for 50 African governments is now publicly available. Data show a gradual increase in tax revenues between 1996 and 2008, a
performance largely fuelled by rising commodity prices. With prices coming down as a result of the global economic crisis, the progression was stalled in 2009.

Latin America Investment Facility
The Latin America Investment Facility (LAIF) is a financing mechanism aiming at mixing
grants (non refundable financial contributions from the European Commission and other
donors) with loans of multilateral or bilateral public European Development Finance Institutions and Regional Latin American Banks.

The South-South Learning on Social Protection Gateway
This is an online collaborative platform for policy dialogue and knowledge-sharing
amongst social protection practitioners in the Global South. It is an initiative of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth to foster South-South collaboration, aiming to expand the knowledge base and capacities of developing countries to design and implement nationally-owned poverty reduction strategies,
bridging the gaps between theory, policy and practice with accessible and diverse
social protection information, as well as providing a space where practitioners can share ideas, experiences and resources.
Aidflows is a new tool to visualize how much development aid is provided and received
around the world. Users can select individual donor countries (providing the aid) and beneficiary countries (receiving the aid) to track the sources and uses of aid
funding. To use the site, select a donor or a beneficiary country, either from the
left navigation or by clicking on the world map. Some countries are listed as both a donor and a beneficiary.

The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)
AFI is the first global knowledge-sharing network designed exclusively for financial
inclusion policymakers from developing countries. The goal is to support developing
country knowledge exchange on financial inclusion policy that will enable an extra 50
million people living under the poverty line have access to basic financial services by 2012.

Good Humanitarian Donorship
Meeting in Stockholm in June 2003, a group of 17 donors endorsed the Principles and
Good Practice of Good Humanitarian Donorship. There are now 37 members of the Good
Humanitarian Donorship group who contribute through this forum to the pivotal role of
donors in providing effective and accountable humanitarian assistance. GHD-SHARE is one GHD initiative aimed towards strengthening partnership.

The Advocacy Project (AP)
The Advocacy Project helps marginalized communities to tell their story, claim their rights and produce social change. It seeks to produce social change by helping
marginalized communities claim their rights. This is done by partnering with advocates
from the communities themselves. We believe strongly that change is best achieved by those who are directly affected by abuse. AP recruits graduate students (Peace Fellows) to help partners tell their story, develop information tools and launch campaigns.

Danish Development Research Network – Members Forum
This Forum is a new platform established to allow dialogue among DDRN members. Please note that this forum is intended for learning and sharing, and not as a space to advocate for funding to own projects.

The UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics Library
This service is an on-going project to collect and catalogue all graphic products that
have been prepared for publications and web-sites from the last 15 years in a wide range of themes related to environment and sustainable development.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC – CRDI)
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more
prosperous societies. IDRC supports research in developing countries to promote growth
and development. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring
choice and change to those who need it most. I recommend to Tools and Training section of the new website.

Accountability tools for policy research
The One World Trust, with support from the International Development Research Centre,
has created an interactive, online database of tools to help organisations conducting policy relevant research become more accountable.

Due South – Provocative insights into sustainable development in an unjust world
Due South examines sustainable development through the overlapping lenses of the
environment, economy and social justice. Its writers offer insights and opinions on a wealth of issues, from mining and small-scale agriculture to climate change
adaptation; from the arms trade and deforestation to renewable energy for the poor.
The blog challenges conventional wisdom with research embedded in the experiences of countries and communities across the global South.

Informal Economy Resource Database – ILO
This database contains over 500 ILO entries directly or indirectly related to the
informal economy and decent work. The database is searchable by country, keyword, ILO
author unit and date. Each entry contains information about the resource, and usually
includes a brief summary of the contents. In most cases the resources can be accessed electronically, in PDF format.

This initiative by Development Initiatives Poverty Research (DIPR) works to accelerate
poverty reduction by making aid more transparent. ‘‘We believe that aid will work
better – and that poverty reduction will come about more quickly – when information
about aid can be accessed quickly, easily and cheaply. In short, we think that better aid will result from better information.” A portal is coming up.

Trade Knowledge Network (TKN)
The Trade Knowledge Network (TKN) is a global collaboration of research institutions
across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas working on issues of trade, investment and sustainable development. Coordinated by the International Institute for
Sustainable Development (IISD), the TKN links network members, strengthens capacity in
areas of research, training and policy analysis, and also generates new research to
assess and address the impact of trade and investment policies on sustainable development.