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About the GDRC:

The Global Development Research Center is an independent policy think tank that carries out initiatives in education, research and practice, in the spheres of environment, urban, community and information, and at scales that are effective.


Keeping the Forests and the Trees in Mind

To contribute to broad-based global development by facilitating the creation and use of knowledge

GDRC aims to consolidate disparate issues, themes and topics into one umbrella to highlight their interconnectedness and interdisciplinary nature. With the focus on knowledge transfer and information dissemination, GDRC targets the micro scale - at the level of the man-on-the-street, where most everyday decisions are taken.

Recognizing that research and information delivered at the right level and at the right time is central to economic growth and sustainable development, GDRC facilitates information packaging and delivery for informed decision-making and targeted interventions.

Through its online and offline resources, GDRC seeks to build and mobilize the capacity of its target constituency to understand the importance of knowledge, and facilitate the use of information for policy dialogue and development.


GDRC aims to bring together disparate knowledge resources on a three pronged approach:

  • To carry out research and development at the global level
  • To implement education and training programmes at the regional level
  • To facilitate policy and programme development at the local level
  • As these goals are interdependent and mutually reinforcing, GDRC's strategies also overlap, and have been designed for five areas:

  • To put in place an adequate research capacity
  • To facilitate the undertaking of strategic research
  • To facilitate and stimulate the utilization of research findings
  • To enhance alliances with stakeholders
  • To enhance GDRC's capacity to support decision-making
  • Agenda for Intervention

    GDRC's agenda for intervention is concerned with broad sustainable development in developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. It's fifteen programmes represent a broad spectrum of priorities faced by individuals, communities and governments, particularly those related to environmental management and sustainable development.

    GDRC in one word If there is one word that epitomizes GDRC, then that is "Transdisciplinarity." For GDRC, this word means the interconnectedness between problems and solutions, of a diversity of stakeholders doing different things, but towards a common goal, of understanding a societal problem from different perspectives ... Transdisciplinarity is not just a conceptual approach, but a skill that we will need to tackle the multifaceted challenges that we face.

    GDRC uses the outcomes of these research programmes to function as an information repository (in terms of gathering, collating, packaging and disseminating information); as a research and training center (in terms of organizing training sessions, and seminars and conferences) and as an educational center (knowledge developed from the activities of the center are fed back into academic programmes and capacity building exercises).

    Spheres of Action
    GDRC Programmes
    ENVIRONMENT 1. Environmental Decision-Making
    2. Sustainable Development
    3. Oceans, Coasts and Small Islands
    URBAN 4. Urban Environmental Management
    5. Urban Governance
    6. Urban Heritage and Conservation
    COMMUNITY 7. NGOs and Civil Society
    8. Gender and Development
    9. Microfinance
    ECONOMY 10. Informal Sector
    11. Technology Transfer
    12. Sustainable Businesses
    INFORMATION 13. Internet and ICTs
    14. Knowledge Management
    15. Information Design

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