Footprint: Since its inception in 1999, GDN, with assistance from 40 major funders and several global and regional partnerships, has supported:
315 collaborative research studies on a range of pressing development challenges
4,000 researchers from 139 developing and transition countries
310 researchers and development practitioners with prizes through global development awards competitions
7,600 participants at 17 annual global development conferences, 70% from developing countries
In 2016, GDN had active grants in over 60 countries across Africa, Asia, East and Central Europe and Latin America.
Representation and Diversity:
The representation of grantees from low income and lower middle-income countries in GDN grants has been steadily increasing over time. In 2013, 65% of GDN grantees were from such countries. In 2014, there was a significant increase in their share and 75% of the current GDN grantees are from low and lower middle income countries (an increase of almost 10 %), in line with GDN’s current strategy of expanding reach to where capacity is lowest.
GDN is committed to achieving gender balance in its research programs and activities. Since 2010, 40% of GDN grantees have been women.
Over 85% of GDN grantees that participated in GDN’s 2014 Independent Evaluation survey reported that they were able to present their GDN-funded research in an academic event and produce working papers as a result of the GDN grant. A review of GDN funded outputs revealed that 94% of them were considered to be publishable either in journals, book chapters or as working papers (though in some cases after requisite revisions).
GDN has encompassed working on a multitude of multi-disciplinary themes that have global and local interests - pro-poor growth, migration, natural resources, financial development, health, agriculture, water, education, governance, service delivery, urbanization, building capacities in least developed countries, public expenditure monitoring, aid, catch-up strategies etc.
Impact Stories (from GDN funded research)
The following case studies document some of the outcomes and impact of GDN funded research over the past few years through the Global Research Projects, the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development, Global Research Competitions and Regional Research Competitions. The narratives have been compiled from grantee interviews and questionnaires sent by GDN and these are categorized in terms of the achievements – policy influence, research outreach through media and other dissemination channels and professional visibility of the developing country researchers as a result of GDN grants.