Global Development Network

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The Global Development Network (GDN) "is a worldwide network of research and policy institutes working to provide a fresh and relevant perspective to the development challenges of our time. At GDN, we strongly believe that policy-relevant research, if properly applied, can accelerate the pace of global development. What makes our initiative different is that we aim to generate this research at the local level in developing and transition countries." [1]

" GDN was launched in December 1999 as a network of research and policy institutes with the goal of generating and sharing knowledge, building research capacity and bridging the gap between ideas and policies for development. The idea of a Global Development Network took shape at a meeting organized by The World Bank in Washington in May 1999. Participants included the heads of GDN’s regional network partners and representatives of various bilateral and multilateral organizations and academic associations including United Nations Development Programme, the International Economics Association, and The World Bank." [2]

Governance Committee (2000)

Accessed June 2008: [3]

  • Bina Agarwal – Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, University of New Delhi, India; Executive Committee Member, International Economics Association
  • Kwesi Botchwey – Director of Africa Research and Programs, Center for International Development, Harvard University, United States
  • Ishac Diwan – Manager, Economic Policy for Poverty Reduction Division, World Bank Institute, World Bank
  • Randall Filer – Director, Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education, Charles University, Czech Republic
  • Dani Rodrik – Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, United States
  • Lyn Squire (chair) – President, Global Development Network
  • Inge Kaul – Director, Office of Development Studies, United Nations Development Programme


Accessed June 2008: [4]

  • Chair: Ernesto Zedillo, Director of Yale Center for the study of Globalization
  • Deputy chair: Richard Cooper, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Isher Ahluwalia, Board of Governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi, India
  • Ernest Aryeetey, Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, Legon
  • Abhijit Banerjee, Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Eliana Cardoso, Professor of Economics at the Escola de Economia da Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo
  • Alan Gelb, Director of Development Policy, The World Bank Group, Washington DC, USA
  • Olav Kjorven, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme
  • Masanori Kondo, Associate Professor of Economics, the International Christian University in Japan
  • Carolina G. Hernandez, President, Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS Philippines)
  • Samir Makdisi, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Vijay Naidu, Professor and Director, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Pablo Andres Neumeyer, Professor of Economics, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina
  • Sujata Patel, University of Pune, Pune, India
  • Emma Porio, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
  • Jean-Philippe Platteau, University of Namur, Belgium
  • Vladimir Popov, Sector Head at the Academy of the National Economy, Moscow
  • Vincenzo Porcasi, University of Trieste, Italy
  • Boris Vujcic, Deputy Governor or the Croatian National Bank and Professor at the University of Zagreb



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About, Global Development Network, accessed June 24, 2008.
  2. History, Global Development Network, accessed June 24, 2008.
  3. GDN Development Committees, Global Development Network, accessed June 24, 2008.
  4. Directors, Global Development Network, accessed June 24, 2008.