Call for:
Coalition of Partners and Stakeholders


As a global actor of research for development, GDN naturally cooperates with a number of public and private stakeholders, including funding, knowledge and policy partners.

  • Funding partners: GDN partners with a range of funders including multilateral and regional development banks, national development finance institutions, foundations and corporations that are interested in promoting development by building local capacity to produce relevant, contextualized and connected economic and social science research.
  • Knowledge partners, including universities, research centers and think-tanks: GDN contributes to development knowledge by promoting locally based research programs able to fill knowledge and data gaps and to document the political economy environment. It connects researchers globally, notably bringing Northern researchers closer to Southern development contexts and providing Southern researchers with expert mentoring services and guidance from other countries.
  • Policy stakeholder partners, from government or civil society: GDN brings access to academic analysis and evidence to inform policy issues and shape informed debate or advocacy on policy options. This relationship goes both ways: it brings existing knowledge to bear on policy choices, and it facilitates the consideration of policy concerns through shaping research questions.

Funding Partners 2010-2015

  • The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Austrian National Bank
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • CAF - Development Bank of Latin America
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia (former AusAID)
  • Department for International Development (DFID), UK
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria
  • Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
  • Ministère des Finances, Government of Luxembourg
  • Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of France
  • Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS)
  • New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID)
  • Open Society Institute (OSI)
  • Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • The World Bank

If you are interested in supporting GDN or would like more information about our donors, please contact Ramona Angelescu Naqvi on

Supporter in Focus

Santiago Levy,
Vice President for Sectors
and Knowledge, IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has successfully partnered with GDN by supporting a range of activities. These include case studies from Latin American countries under the umbrella of GDN's Global Research Projects, inter-regional research and policy dialogues between Latin America and Asia, the Pacific and Caribbean, as well as bridging the gap between research and policy by enabling participation of both sides at GDN's Annual Global Development Conferences. Santiago Levy, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge at the IDB, views GDN as an important vehicle and partner for linking Latin America and the Caribbean to the rest of the world, particularly Asia. Recently close programs on  Governance and Public Service Delivery (education and water in particular), Urbanization and Macro-economic Volatility were carried out by GDN with IDB's support and intellectual partnership.

Currently, IDB supports GDN's program to strengthen the research capcity of small countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to promote better informed policymaking (2015-17). Learn more.