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Links and Resources on Poverty and Development

Poverty and Development

Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)

One of the first organizations to challenge economic injustice as a violation of international human rights law, CESR believes that economic and social rights -- legally binding on all nations -- can provide a universally accepted framework for strengthening social justice activism.

Center for Global Development

An NGO conducting policy-oriented research and working with government officials and citizen groups to evaluate development issues and policies that affect poor countries.

Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)

Economic and Social Development at the UN

A gateway to a more thorough understanding about the various social and economic polies at the UN. Click here for a basic understanding of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Focus on the Global South

FOCUS is a program of progressive development policy research and practice, dedicated to regional and global policy analysis, micro-macro linking and advocacy work. FOCUS works with NGOs and people's organizations in Asia Pacific and other regions.

Gateway to Development Information

This site contains information and news on development and poverty research.


This site posts official speeches given and documents produced by the G-77. Although also not an "institution" in the same sense as the other entries in this section, the G-77 is a critically important policy making body representing the vast majority of developing countries.

Informal Credit Homepage (ICM)

This site provides in-depth and up-to-date information on micro-financing. There is an extensive section on the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.

Institute of Development Studies

A development site in Britain at the University of Sussex, combining the Institute for Development Studies and the British Library for Development Studies. A large site with much to offer.


The site of the American Council for Voluntary International Action, a coalition of over 150 US-based private and voluntary organizations working on development, relief, refugees, and public policy analysis.

International Development Research Centre

A respected Canadian institution posts broad resources on development at this site.

Jubilee South

The Millenium Project

In support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Mark Malloch Brown, have launched the Millennium Project to recommend the best strategies for achieving the MDGs.

The North-South Institute

A Canadian independent research institute that produces in depth reports and other publications on international development issues.

Oneworld.Net's Guide to Poverty

This site contains many links to articles and websites on poverty in developing nations.

Overseas Development Institute

An independent think-tank on UK international development and humanitarian issues.


This site privides links to stories of successful commodity cooperatives in poor countries, proving that fair trade gives world farmers the capital and market access necessary for creating businesses and improving their lives.

Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP)

Governments evaluate their macroeconomic, structural, and social policies to promote growth and reduce poverty every three years, and submit a PRSP to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The Fund and the Bank use the PRSP's as a basis for funding projects.

Rough Guide to PRSP

Bretton Woods Project provides a question and answer summary to Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, which are used by the World Bank and the IMF to evaluate government policies on growth and poverty before lending.

Save the Children (UK)

Save the Children works on poverty, discrimination and children's rights in many countries worldwide.

South Centre

The South Centre is an intergovernmental institution for developing countries that provides analysis of development problems and experience, as well as to provide intellectual and policy support required by developing countries for collective and individual action in the international arena.

Third World Network

TWN is an international network devoted to development and North - South issues. TWN publishes a number of journals and conducts important research on economic, social and environmental issues pertaining to the South. They also organize and participate in seminars and provide a platform representingly broadly Southern interests and perspectives at international fora such as the UN conferences and processes.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) 2000 Least Developed Countries Report

The United Nations Development Programme's Poverty Home Page

UNESCO's Poverty and Social Exclusion site

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service site on Millennium Devlopment Goals

The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) is a inter-agency programme which aims at strengthening UN-NGO dialogue and cooperation in the fields of development education, information and policy advocacy on global sustainable development issues.

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD is an autonomous UN agency engaging in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development. Through its research, UNRISD stimulates dialogue and contributes to policy debates on key issues of social development within and outside the United Nations system.



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