Footprint: Since its inception in 1999, GDN has:
Supported close to 4000 grantees from 132 developing and transition countries, through provision of grant funding as well as training, mentoring and networking services.
Identified and promoted local research talent by distributing more than 1900 grants under its Regional Research Competitions (RRC).
Helped more than 1000 developing country researchers carry out research and in its Global Research Programs (GRP).
Empowered over 300 researchers and development practitioners through its Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC).
Over 6500 researchers, academics, development practitioners and policy makers have attended GDN conferences since 1999 till present.
Through its on-going grants in 2014, GDN was reaching out to researchers in one-third of all low-income countries.
GDN is expanding its reach. In 2014, there was a 26% increase in new GDN grants given since 2013 and a 42% increase in new grantees reached out to as compared to the previous year. In 2014-15, GDN gave 106 new grants and prizes to 189 developing country researchers through the AMC, RRCs, GRCs, KOICA Awards and GRPs.
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.