knowledge Archive


Poverty Alleviation Networks

Here is a list of networks active in poverty reduction and poverty research. Most of them are open for researchers and practitioners willing to interchange knowledge on poverty issues. The Poverty Research Archive covers them all. If your network is missing here, please let me know.

Eldis Poverty Resource Guide
The aim of Eldis is to support the documentation, exchange and use of evidence-based development knowledge, to communicate this knowledge effectively through a range of appropriately designed services, to reach audiences of researchers, development practitioners and policy formers at national and international levels, and to provide this information and services free of charge at point of use. The Eldis Poverty Resource Guide offers quick access to key documents, organisations, research themes, discussions and other resources. The Eldis Poverty Community makes it possible to meet other Eldis readers interested in poverty issues.

Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet)
PEGNet brings together researchers with an interest in issues revolving around the poverty-inequality-growth nexus in developing countries, and links them to the German and international development policy bodies.

Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)
CROP is one of the International Social Science Council Programmes. The University of Bergen cosponsors CROP and hosts the Secretariat. CROP organizes Workshops and Events, promotes research activities and establishes Core Projects, and disseminates research through an extensive collection of Resources and Publications.

Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP)
PEP is a global network of developing country researchers with the skills and reputation to participate in and influence national and international policy debates on poverty issues

Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
GCAP is a growing alliance of trade unions, community groups, faith groups, women and youth organisations, NGOs and other campaigners working together across more than 100 national platforms. GCAP is calling for action from the world’s leaders to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality. GCAP is a Civil Society Movement calling for an end to poverty and inequality.

The Hunger Project (THP)
The Hunger Project is a global, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, The Hunger Project empowers millions of women and men to end their own hunger. The Project has pioneered low-cost, bottom-up, gender-focused strategies in each region where hunger persists. In all the work of The Hunger Project, the highest priority is the empowerment of women.

Business Fights Poverty
Business Fights Poverty is a professional network for all those passionate about fighting world poverty through the power of good business.

BOP Source
A social network for the 4 billion people at the base of the economic pyramid, the NGO’s that serve them, and the companies that want to do business with them. BOP Source is an interactive platform for collaboration on productive BOP business ideas, to help companies better understand and reach BOP markets, and for NGOs to help facilitate new relationships between their constituencies and companies.

For an institutional look at poverty issues, the World Bank’s poverty site provides information on poverty impact analysis, poverty definition and measurement methods and other themed publications. There is also information on regions, countries and training and events.

UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI)
PEI is a joint programme to provide financial and technical support to countries to build capacity for mainstreaming povertyenvironment linkages into national development planning processes, such as PRSPs and MDG Achievement Strategies. The PEI also supports civil society to engage in planning processes, making sure the voice of the poor is heard.

World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM)
PREM contributes to the design of global and country policies and the building of institutions to achieve inclusive growth in developing countries.

Global Poverty Research Group (GPRG)
The GPRG is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded research group of economists, political scientists, sociologists and anthropologists undertaking a multi-disciplinary programme of work investigating issues of poverty, inequality and the quality of life.

Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC)
CPRC is an international partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs which exists, to focus attention on chronic poverty, to stimulate national and international debate, to deepen understanding of the causes of chronic poverty, and to provide research, analysis and policy guidance that will contribute to its reduction.

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ELLA – Evidence and Lessons from Latin America

ELLA – Evidence and Lessons from Latin America

Recently launched, ELLA is a knowledge sharing and learning platform on selected economic, environmental and governance issues, funded by the UK Department for International Development.

ELLA represents an opportunity for learning, sharing and networking.

• It shares knowledge of recent Latin American experiences tailored for African and Asian policy makers and practitioners who are looking to innovate: successful experiences, evidence-based lessons, key organisations and publications.

• It supports learning between Latin American, African and South Asian countries

• It provides a networking platform for organisations and individuals to link to Latin America

You can view the website and find out more information about the project at

Thanks to Yaso Kunaratnam!


Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) | Inspiring Change

Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) | Inspiring Change.

APDEv is an African-led and owned physical and virtual multi-stakeholder platform and organizing mechanism for mobilizing African policy makers and practitioners towards achieving sustainable development results. The Platform focuses on 3 inter-related themes of Aid Effectiveness and South-South Cooperation with Capacity Development as a core driver for development effectiveness (DE) fostering “knowledge and evidence-based innovation processes” which is one of the six cornerstones of the AU-NEPAD CDSF.


Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) | Inspiring Change

Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) | Inspiring Change.

APDEv is an African-led and owned physical and virtual multi-stakeholder platform and organizing mechanism for mobilizing African policy makers and practitioners towards achieving sustainable development results. The Platform focuses on 3 inter-related themes of Aid Effectiveness and South-South Cooperation with Capacity Development as a core driver for development effectiveness (DE) fostering “knowledge and evidence-based innovation processes” which is one of the six cornerstones of the AU-NEPAD CDSF.


Crowd Sourcing: How to be a good evaluator

Crowd Sourcing: How to be a good evaluator: Do This, Not That|

How to be a good evaluator? (A new crowd sourcing exercise)

Results-based management in international development cooperation seems to require super heroes to evaluate it. How can you perform as a good evaluator and live on happily? Can you give us some practical advice from your experience? It will end up in a tip sheet for future evaluators.
Consider this:
1. What education, abilities, skills and experience are really needed?
2. How do you bring in your social and personal competencies (e.g., Social competence, Communication, Cooperative behaviour, Self-management, Team Management, Learning and problem solving)?
3. What does it take to meet the Standards (e.g., Independence, Stakeholder consultation and protection, Validity, Clarity, Fairness, Completeness, Transparency, and Timeliness)?
4. How do you prepare an assignment well (e.g., clarification, roles, stakeholder involvements, methodology, information and knowledge, logistics, time constraints, etc.)?
5. What behaviour is appropriate when evaluating (e.g., perspectives, techniques, self-awareness, respect, power-sharing, capacity building, give and take feedback)?
6. How do you master field work (e.g., stakeholder involvement, cultural competencies, diversity, credibility, presentation, transparent knowledge management)?
7. The day after: How do you follow-up after or in between evaluations?
8. What else are considered good practices as evaluator?
9. The Don’ts: What common mistakes should be avoided when evaluating?
10. What related guidance is already published elsewhere?

Please drop your ideas on this here as a comment.

Kind regards,
Karsten Weitzenegger


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The Call — The Turin 2011 Learning Link

The Call — Learning Link.

The Turin 2011 Learning Link is based on the principle of collaborative contributions. This call is addressed to all organizations that are willing to share their knowledge and experiences in a participatory learning setting from April 11-15 at the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Italy.

South-South and Triangular Cooperation
• This thematic area may be examined through the lens of understanding concepts, contexts and the international discourse on South-South and triangular cooperation. Practical questions, such as how to establish commitment to partnerships for capacity development? or what are successful strategies to implementing South-South and triangular cooperation for capacity development? may also be addressed.

Private Sector Participation
• In addition to analyzing challenges and opportunities for public and private sector cooperation for capacity development, the steering committee would appreciate session proposals that investigate incentives and tactics for the proactive inclusion of the private sector. How to identify, adapt and adopt successful practices across sectors, or knowledge sharing approaches, are examples of possible topics.

The MDGS: towards 2015


Upcoming Development Cooperation Training and Events

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Distance Learning for Development Course Portal | DL4D
DL4D provides high-quality postgraduate training to those working in the field of international development. This site has information on over 140 short courses available to study at a distance. They cover the range of skills and knowledge areas expected of the international development professional.

The Master’s degree programme in Development and Governance
The programme combines teaching in several political science sub-disciplines with a practice-oriented methodology including an internship with a German (development) organisation. The main emphasis is on acquiring knowledge of the relevance of different tiers and forms of governance-processes (local, national, international) both within the established democracies and the developing societies, and on training students’ analytical skills. The programme is thus providing students with both policy- and region-specific expertise.

4th UN High Level Forum on aid effectiveness
Busan, Republic of Korea, 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2011
The conference follows the High Level Forums held in Rome (2003), Paris (2005) and Accra (2008) and will conclude the OECD/DAC-led process on aid effectiveness that was launched by the Paris Declaration in 2005. As such, the Busan High Level Forum will be a major milestone and turning point for the global aid effectiveness agenda: The conference will assess the achievement of the Paris Declaration targets and the commitments of the Accra Agenda for Action by the 2010 deadline.


International Development Websites

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The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS)
The Economist and Private Sector Development Services (EPSDS) seeks to satisfy the
growing demand for supplementary and specialist technical advisory services on the
part of DFID’s 100 Economists and 30 Private Sector Development (PSD) Advisors. The service is open to other users within DFID and other donor agencies. It provides
additional expertise to supplement in-house resources and enable DFID advisors to meet
surges in demand for the services of technical specialists. The EPSDS is poised to
mobilise specialists to hostile and post conflict environments, manage the attendant
security and risk requirements, and operate in disaster and post-disaster situations. The EPSDS website is designed to explain how to use the service and contact the management team. It also enables DFID staff to access information and learning generated by the EPSDS and the Economist Resource Centre (the predecessor to the EPSDS) through the Document Library.

SEEP Community – Global learning for microenterprise practitioners
Through The SEEP Network, practitioners from around the world collaborate to develop
practical guidance and tools, build capacity, and help set standards. It connects
microenterprise practitioners from around the world to develop practical guidance and tools, build capacity, and help set standards to advance our common vision: a sustainable income in every household. Discover valuable information, share your
experiences, and help shape the future of microfinance and enterprise development.
Work with us to advance our common vision: a sustainable income in every household.

B2Bxl Global FairNet – connect business & social concern
B2Bxl is an open platform on business development at development countries and emerging markets. Its content is to be established by a community of cooperative individuals and organisations with the common interest of linking their personal interests to sustainable and social market development.

Ideas for Development
This is an international Blog meant to stimulate debate on development issues. It
brings together a set of senior professionals engaged in this sphere through their
careers and personal convictions. This Blog aims at offering a new forum for open discussion and interaction between scholars, students, professionals of various
backgrounds and the public at large. Together, they can share information, viewpoints
and visions for the future with the common goal of advancing the cause of development.

Safety Nets How To
This is a resource guide for practitioners involved in the design and implementation
of social protection systems. It pulls together summary information, country cases and guidelines on key processes and cross-cutting issues, with lessons for everyday
program implementation. The information is organized in a standardized, concise and
accessible format and draws on best practices across a variety of contexts, including middle-income, low-income and fragile states. This portal is a living product. Feedback and suggestions are welcome so that the content can be enriched and an
enhanced version 2 can be developed in the future. In particular we are interested in addressing any information gap on key topics.

The Africa Portal
This is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa. An
undertaking by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Makerere
University (MAK), and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Africa Portal offers open access to a suite of features including an online
library collection; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an
international events calendar; and a mobile technology component—all aimed to equip users with research and information on Africa’s current policy issues.

R4D – A Portal to DFID Funded Research
R4D is a free access on-line database containing information about research programmes
supported by DFID. R4D provides you with the latest information about research funded
by DFID, including news, case studies and details of current and past research in over 30,000 project and document records.

New Online Database on African Fiscal Performance Data and statistics
A complete database of public revenue flows for 50 African governments is now publicly available. Data show a gradual increase in tax revenues between 1996 and 2008, a
performance largely fuelled by rising commodity prices. With prices coming down as a result of the global economic crisis, the progression was stalled in 2009.

Latin America Investment Facility
The Latin America Investment Facility (LAIF) is a financing mechanism aiming at mixing
grants (non refundable financial contributions from the European Commission and other
donors) with loans of multilateral or bilateral public European Development Finance Institutions and Regional Latin American Banks.

The South-South Learning on Social Protection Gateway
This is an online collaborative platform for policy dialogue and knowledge-sharing
amongst social protection practitioners in the Global South. It is an initiative of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth to foster South-South collaboration, aiming to expand the knowledge base and capacities of developing countries to design and implement nationally-owned poverty reduction strategies,
bridging the gaps between theory, policy and practice with accessible and diverse
social protection information, as well as providing a space where practitioners can share ideas, experiences and resources.
Aidflows is a new tool to visualize how much development aid is provided and received
around the world. Users can select individual donor countries (providing the aid) and beneficiary countries (receiving the aid) to track the sources and uses of aid
funding. To use the site, select a donor or a beneficiary country, either from the
left navigation or by clicking on the world map. Some countries are listed as both a donor and a beneficiary.

The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)
AFI is the first global knowledge-sharing network designed exclusively for financial
inclusion policymakers from developing countries. The goal is to support developing
country knowledge exchange on financial inclusion policy that will enable an extra 50
million people living under the poverty line have access to basic financial services by 2012.

Good Humanitarian Donorship
Meeting in Stockholm in June 2003, a group of 17 donors endorsed the Principles and
Good Practice of Good Humanitarian Donorship. There are now 37 members of the Good
Humanitarian Donorship group who contribute through this forum to the pivotal role of
donors in providing effective and accountable humanitarian assistance. GHD-SHARE is one GHD initiative aimed towards strengthening partnership.

The Advocacy Project (AP)
The Advocacy Project helps marginalized communities to tell their story, claim their rights and produce social change. It seeks to produce social change by helping
marginalized communities claim their rights. This is done by partnering with advocates
from the communities themselves. We believe strongly that change is best achieved by those who are directly affected by abuse. AP recruits graduate students (Peace Fellows) to help partners tell their story, develop information tools and launch campaigns.

Danish Development Research Network – Members Forum
This Forum is a new platform established to allow dialogue among DDRN members. Please note that this forum is intended for learning and sharing, and not as a space to advocate for funding to own projects.

The UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics Library
This service is an on-going project to collect and catalogue all graphic products that
have been prepared for publications and web-sites from the last 15 years in a wide range of themes related to environment and sustainable development.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC – CRDI)
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more
prosperous societies. IDRC supports research in developing countries to promote growth
and development. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring
choice and change to those who need it most. I recommend to Tools and Training section of the new website.

Accountability tools for policy research
The One World Trust, with support from the International Development Research Centre,
has created an interactive, online database of tools to help organisations conducting policy relevant research become more accountable.

Due South – Provocative insights into sustainable development in an unjust world
Due South examines sustainable development through the overlapping lenses of the
environment, economy and social justice. Its writers offer insights and opinions on a wealth of issues, from mining and small-scale agriculture to climate change
adaptation; from the arms trade and deforestation to renewable energy for the poor.
The blog challenges conventional wisdom with research embedded in the experiences of countries and communities across the global South.

Informal Economy Resource Database – ILO
This database contains over 500 ILO entries directly or indirectly related to the
informal economy and decent work. The database is searchable by country, keyword, ILO
author unit and date. Each entry contains information about the resource, and usually
includes a brief summary of the contents. In most cases the resources can be accessed electronically, in PDF format.

This initiative by Development Initiatives Poverty Research (DIPR) works to accelerate
poverty reduction by making aid more transparent. ‘‘We believe that aid will work
better – and that poverty reduction will come about more quickly – when information
about aid can be accessed quickly, easily and cheaply. In short, we think that better aid will result from better information.” A portal is coming up.

Trade Knowledge Network (TKN)
The Trade Knowledge Network (TKN) is a global collaboration of research institutions
across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas working on issues of trade, investment and sustainable development. Coordinated by the International Institute for
Sustainable Development (IISD), the TKN links network members, strengthens capacity in
areas of research, training and policy analysis, and also generates new research to
assess and address the impact of trade and investment policies on sustainable development.


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Dear Reader,

When I started this Newsletter in 2002, social networking was still done in smoky bars. I thought that sending monthly summary information on what I read and do to my contacts was a good knowledge sharing tool. And indeed, your positive feedback motivated me to do the Newsletter every month. I know that some of you wait for my Newsletter to get an update on what is relevant for development practitioners. Some even print it and read it on the morning train.

I even got nice consulting contracts through the Newsletter. I am so busy as a Consultant now that I lack time to prepare the Newsletter every month. Thank you!

You’ve got to be strong now. I’ll always be there for you, but he Newsletter will be different. In the last 8 years, I joined so many social networking sites on the Web that they have become my main knowledge sharing tool. My community of practice has grown beyond one-way newsletters. You can be part of it and contribute, like some of you do already.

I now prepared a Web version of the Newsletter for you, that is updated constantly. It uses syndication with my social networks. I’m still behind it somewhere. As before, you are guided to the sources of information. And you can still print it for the morning train.

Please find your Web version of the Newsletter here:

It has the above content for now. Is there anything else I should cover?

Kind regards,