The GDN Global Research Project, Supporting Policy Research to Inform Agricultural Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was designed to help shape North-South and South-South debates on agricultural policies.
Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus, provided research grants to support comparative and systematic research focused across continents, and brought together experts from Francophone Africa, Asia and Latin America to address fundamental issues on urbanization and development.
GDN's three-year Global Research Project, Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery, explored the role of formal and informal institutions, at both country and sector level, in the effectiveness (or lack) of public service delivery in the areas of basic education, water supply and transport infrastructure (roads).
This Global Research Project, jointly coordinated with the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr), involved seven research teams from across the world (Colombia, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Jamaica, Macedonia and Vietnam), to measure the economic and social impacts of migration in developing countries.
This project sought to identify the greatest potential for replication and contributing to the achievement of the three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) directly related to health in Africa and Asia, namely, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
GDN's fourth Global Research Project was designed to measure the impact of key policies pursued by rich countries on poverty in developing and transition countries. The three main focus areas were trade, migration and capital flows (aid and foreign direct investment – FDI).
In partnership with the JICA Research Institute (JICA-RI), GDN will document the increase of quality and productivity improvement at the firm level through new managerial methods, such as Kaizen, the Japanese management approach, under this two-year collaborative research program.
“Natural Resource Management - Natural Wealth Accounting” is a capacity building program launched by GDN in 2014 to help three ecologically fragile countries—Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco—to understand the interactions between natural resources and socio-economics activities.