GDNet Program Closure

Dear GDNet Members,

I am writing with important information about the closure of the GDNet program this week, (GDN’s knowledge service), and details of online resources which you may find useful.

Funding for the GDNet Program ends shortly and the GDNet website and online services are no longer accessible. GDN will be contacting GDNet members in due course to re-register for a new database of researcher profiles. We hope the following links will be of value to you in your research:

GDNet publications: GDNet’s toolkits, research communications handouts, learning publications and project documents (e.g. How To Guides on Policy Influence) are available from DFID’s Research For Development portal.

GDNet’s reflections on the achievements, outcomes and learning of the GDNet programme, 2010 to 2014, are captured in the GDNet Legacy Document.
GDNet’s June 2014 series of short ‘Lessons Learned’ publications comprise:

Free e-journals: INASP and the British Library for Development Studies (BLDS) provide access to several collections of free online journals including collections from Africa, Latin America and South Asia.

How to communicate research: INASP’s AuthorAid portal is a global network that offers support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in developing countries.

Accessing development research:

Working papers and policy briefs from GDN-funded research are available from the GDN site.

The BLDS Digital Library is a free repository of digitised research papers from African and Asian research institutes.

Eldis is an online information service providing free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on international development issues.

Finally, on behalf of my team, I would like to thank you for your membership of GDNet and to wish you every success in your future work. Many of you took part in our latest Members survey and we are disseminating the results widely. The analysis of the survey is included in our latest Monitoring & Evaluation report (see p.54 and p.84).

Best wishes

Sherine Ghoneim, GDNet Programme Director on behalf of the GDNet Team


Day two and counting.. ERF 20th annual conference

Comparative Experiences of Social Injustice

The ERF 20th Annual conference carried on for the second consecutive day with plenary session presentations on studies of social justice experiences in different countries across the globe. The 2nd plenary session was chaired by Dr. Heba Handoussa (Egyptian Network for Integrated Development “ENID”), along with a distinguished panel of economists; Shanta Devarajan (World Bank Africa), Mahmoud El-Gamal (Rice University) and Carlos Eduardo Vélez (Universidad de los Andes).

Speakers during the 2nd plenary session

ERF 20th Annual Conference 2nd plenary session

World Bank Africa’s chief economist Shantayanan Devarajan addressed the issue of “capture and the failure of free public services” in developing countries. Devarajan argues how the nature of free public services promotes inequality of opportunity, where the elite can “capture” the better end of public goods distribution. The paper focused mainly on case studies from African and Asian countries; namely Mali, Gabon, India and Indonesia respectively.

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Fighting corruption in development – The ‘development pact’

Why are politicians and administrators the ones to discuss and shape up the development agenda ? This is how Anupama Jha (Transparency International India), one of the GDN Award Finalists for the Most Innovative Development Project, started her presentation today, wondering why a top-down approach is always applied when it comes to addressing development.

It goes without saying that excluding poor from discussions around development and fighting poverty does not help to move forward. According to Anupama, such top-down approach leads to a lack of inclusive development and growth due to an increase of corruption in both political and administrative institutions, and disproportionate access to political and administrative decisions. This in turns results in a lack of trust of the people in their elected political leaders.

Anupama presented an innovative anti-corruption tool aiming to create incentives for political actors to deliver against the development agenda, as well as opportunities for an empowered participation of poor people in shaping up the agenda and enforcing public accountability and transparency.

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Promoting the importance of social policies and social protection systems

Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth”

GDN 14th Annual Conference – "Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth"

GDN 14th Annual Conference –
“Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth”

The GDN 14th Annual Global Development Conference on Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth will be held on June 19-21, 2013 at the Asian Development Bank Headquarters in Manila, Philippines. In partnership with Asian Development Bank (ADB), East Asian Development Network (EADN) and Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the conference is expected to host 400 participants from all over the world including the East Asia region and the Philippines.

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, there is now a growing consciousness of the benefits of social protection in fighting poverty and inequality, and empowering people to adjust and seize opportunities to deal with unemployment and increase productivity. The main focus of the conference is thus to promote the importance of social policies and social protection systems that address and reduce inequality and social exclusion for long-term sustainable and inclusive growth.

Topics to be covered at the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • Global perspectives on inequality
  • Gender, inequality and social protection
  • Regional perspectives on inequality and inclusive growth
  • Mechanisms to promote social protection for inclusive growth
  • Key challenges for social protection policies
  • Inequality, social protection and inclusive growth in the context of the post-2015 development agenda

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