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GDN Makes a Difference

Founded in 1999 in the aftermath of the landmark report by the World Bank on knowledge for development, the Global Development Network (GDN) has supported the generation, dissemination and use of social science research in developing countries to inform development policies and improve development outcomes and individual lives. GDN has published a new brochure, documenting GDN’s contributions to a buoyant knowledge-for development agenda, since its inception in 1999. 

In an introduction to the brochure, Pierre Jacquet, President of the Global Development Network, outlines four complementary contributions.

  • First, GDN supported research has informed and improved local development policies.
  • Second, GDN has strengthened regional centers of high-quality development research.
  • Third, GDN’s global network has amplified the voice of developing country researchers in global debates.
  • And fourth, through its research activities, GDN has identified and nurtured policy and scholarly talent, thus promoting the gradual emergence of a research and evidence-based policy culture. 

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