Launched in April 2012, GDN’s corporate website embodies its vision, mission, history, activities, who’s who in the organization and its Board, and details the GDN Global Research Capacity Building Program in its various stages, in clear, yet concise content. Enhanced with interactive maps, a GDN timeline, e-books, the site also contains research studies produced by GDN grantees, audio visual material, and improved search features. As much as it’s a treasure trove of information about the organization, the website also provides a comprehensive list of publications – GDN books and working papers, policy briefs by practicing economists and social scientists, as well as research teams associated with the various Global Research Projects of GDN. But it does not stop there. GDN has incorporated bookmarking and share features, to enhance and further ease the online experience as you learn about the organization, and possible channels of partnering with GDN, either as a grantee, or a supporter.
For GDN, researchers are its prime focus as its mission is to nurture and promote research capacity building among social scientists in the global South. With this is mind, GDN regularly showcases both past and present winners of its annual Awards and Medals Competition, researchers attending GDN training workshops, and their research work on its website through an assortment of feature stories, interviews, quotes, announcements, and so on. Additionally, to give further exposure, the same is shared across its social networking sites on Twitter and Facebook.
A key, new aspect of the corporate website has been the consequent launch of its blog – Vox GDN. Although in its nascent stage, it is aimed to provide a lively platform for opinions between bloggers of young researchers, as well as experts on development issues.
GDN has many ambitions regarding its corporate site and intends to keep adding new features and pages along the way, to better communicate with its valued stakeholders.
The Communications Unit in GDN recently announced the going live of its online Media Center. Accessible from the home page, or directly at http://www.gdn.int/html/gdnmedia.php, the Media Center is a versatile resource hub of all media related materials with reference to GDN.
To know more about GDN in the media, readers can simply click on GDN in the News. It provides links to articles on GDN that have been published/ recorded by various media outlets – print, online and broadcast.
The Flickr account houses the numerous images taken over the years and lately, during the various events organized by GDN throughout the year.
The GDN Communications Channel on YouTube presents an array of GDN-produced audio-visual material. Ranging from interviews with renowned sociologist Saskia Sassen (keynote speaker at the 2012 GDN Annual Conference), former and current GDN Presidents, to award winners of the annually held Awards and Medals Competitions. The channel also includes films on its research projects across the world. For instance, Chinna Chukki made in collaboration with the Centre for Budget and Policy Studies (CBPS), Bangalore, India, is a lively and enriching documentary on the cost-effectiveness of two learning programs for schools in the state of Karnataka – enhancing students’ class experience through radio.
Shot in a different locale is the most recent YouTube upload ‘Eliminating Uganda’s Silent Killer’. The film talks about the cost-effectiveness of sprays and nets in combating and controlling Malaria, in Uganda.
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.