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Impact at a Glance

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The Global Development Network is known for supporting global collaborative research, and building research skills in developing nations around the world. Here is our impact at a glance. 


Since its inception in 1999, GDN, with assistance from 40 major funders and several global and regional partnerships, has supported:

  • 7,600 participants at 17 annual global development conferences, 70% from developing countries 
  • 4,000 researchers from 141 developing and transition countries
  • 462 pieces of research in the GDN collection including 19 Books
  • 357 researchers and development practitioners with prizes through global development awards competitions

In 2016, GDN had active grants in over 60 countries across Africa, Asia, East and Central Europe and Latin America. 

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, 37% 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.

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