THE ROAD AHEAD: GDN'S STRATEGY 2017- 2022
2012 - to date
Professor Pierre Jacquet joined GDN as its 4th President on 16 July, 2012. He is the former Chief Economist of the French Development Agency (AFD) and has been Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics of a French ivy league graduate engineering school, Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées. Professor Jacquet brings with him vast management, think tank and scholastic experience. He received a mission from the President of the French Republic to make proposals for the G20 to help developing countries better respond to food price volatility, from February to October, 2011.
The Global Development Network (GDN) is a public international organization that supports high quality, policy-oriented, social science research in developing and transition countries to promote better lives. It supports researchers with financial resources, global networking, and access to information, training, peer review and mentoring. GDN acts on the premise that better research leads to more informed policies and better, more inclusive development. Through its global platform, GDN connects social science researchers with policymakers and development stakeholders across the world. Founded in 1999, GDN is currently headquartered in New Delhi.
Since 1999, has cooperated with 10 Regional Network Partners, international donor organizations and governments, research institutes, academic institutions, and think tanks. It has supported 315 collaborative research studies on a range of pressing development challenges, networked globally with 7,600 participants at 17 annual global development conferences (70%from developing countries), awarded prizes to 310 researchers and development practitioners as well as supported over 4,000 grantees across 139 developing and transition countries, thanks to 40 major funders.
See GDN's new strategy, The Road Ahead | Strategy 2017-2022
A world in which evidence and scholarly knowledge inform and inspire development and policy decisions.
Improve development outcomes and livelihoods through high-quality, policy-oriented research in the social sciences, produced in developing countries and connected globally.
GDN offers a complete package of services
Independence. GDN has the legitimacy of an independent, public international organization. It has no institutional or political affiliation, and its only dedication is to serve its mandate.
First-class and diverse academic board of directors. GDN has a first-class, diverse academic Board of Directors, coopted under strict nomination guidelines. GDN’s governance structure strengthens its independence and focus on quality. Directors are nominated by diverse global and regional constituencies and appointed by GDN’s International Assembly.
Operational experience. GDN has accumulated strong and diverse operational experience in managing global research programs and working with individuals and institutions across the developing world.
Partnerships and global network.GDN builds on a strong global network. It has ten regional network partners across all developing regions, and has established working relationships with many individuals and institutions, thus combining local and global reach.
Staff. GDN has a small, competent and versatile staff . It is a nimble structure whose role is to initiate, coordinate and facilitate research-based work conducted by many other partners and organizations, and to learn from GDN’s past operations and experience.
Inclusiveness. GDN reaches out to all categories of countries and researchers. It fights all forms of discrimination in access to its programs, whether originating in gender, or in differences in the institutional, geographic, political or economic environment.
Transparency. GDN programs, processes and criteria for selection and access are all transparent. So are GDN accounts, income and expenditure. The results of GDN’s programs are public and publicly disseminated. GDN fully supports open data principles.
Effciency. GDN manages its operations in a cost efficient manner, and focuses on outcomes and impact. It gratefully recognizes the support it receives and is keen on delivering value-for-money in the pursuit of its global mission.
Research ethics and quality. Through its programs and beneficiaries, GDN upholds professional research and ethical standards, such as scientific quality standards, respect for persons and their rights, equity and transparency, legal compliance and data confidentiality and protection.
Read about Research Ethics at GDN, in the context of research capacity building in economics and social sciences. Ethical Guidelines for Research.
Read about the basic objectives and principles that govern mentoring at GDN, in the context of research capacity building in economics and social sciences, with the goal of better informed policy making and socio-economic development. Mentoring Policy & Guidelines