- Values - Differences geographically, culturally, but also temporally. - Possibiity for Change Sociology. Influence by and on Globalisation.
- Visibility of Work, Accountability.
Themes in development
- Age (Children, Old) - Social Stratification, and Witchcraft in Social Anthropology.
- Agriculture & Food Security - Agricultural Sciences, Food Security. For non-agriculture livelihoods see Livelihoods.
- Armed Violence and Development, Conflict and Security - Stabilisation, Conflict Prevention, Conflict Cures, Early Recovery Policies, International Law, Human Security.
- Democracy, Governance & Institutions - Democratisation, Governance, Citizen Action, Participatory approaches
- Demography, Migration, Urban Planning - Demography. For legal aspects, Refugee Studies, IDPs see International Law.
- Sustainable Development and Environment - Environmental_Sciences#Sustainable_Development.
- Economic Growth - Business, Development Financing, Trade.
- Education - “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” - Education Studies.
- Gender - Gender Studies.
- Health - Health Sciences , Water & Sanitation.
- Law - Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Land Reform ; Rule of Law - Legal Reform, Trafficking & Illicit activities..
- Shelter, Construction, Infrastructure - Architecture.
- Technology and ICT - Media Studies, Communication, Visibility.
Visibility of work, accountability
- The Haitian Platform for Public Investment http://www.refondation.ht will help hold donors to the promises they made at the 31 March gathering held at UN Headquarters in New York, and ensure transparency and accountability of the use of the funds. It will also enable Haitian and international journalists to monitor the Government’s use of the funds, and to report to their audiences on the progress, according to Eric Overvest, UNDP Haiti Country Director. Mr. Overvest added that the portal will match pledges with needs “based on empirical data using advanced analytics, showing current projects and any gaps that might exist in areas of development and humanitarian assistance.”The online portal, which is also supported by the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti and which was built with the support of Synergy International Systems and the Development Gateway, is available online at
- World Bank Open Data Initiative http://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog launched 2010. free and open access to the Bank’s health and development data, including 2,000 social, economic, financial, institutional, and environmental indicators. The World Development Indicators, the Bank’s most popular statistical resource, consist of over 900 indicators for 200 countries alone, including many that go back to 1960. The Bank has also opened up access to the Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and indicators from the Doing Business Report. This step is long overdue. Opening access to the Bank’s data is good news for everyone who is interested in global health and development and wants to get a quick overview of the latest trends or access the data for policy-making, research, and advocacy purposes. Until this week, only a fraction of this data was freely available, making it difficult for interested individuals and organizations to use it. Individuals and organizations in emerging markets and developing countries in particular are often unable to pay subscription fees to access development data – even when discounts are available for developing country residents. Accessing high quality data should play a critical role in improving accountability and in helping to overcome poverty. It will allow policy makers, researchers, and civil society organizations to track the impact of policies, develop new solutions, and measure the progress of development more accurately. Development data should be transparent and available to everyone around the globe. The new initiative is truly open access (not just free access) because users are allowed to work with the data to create new applications. Indeed the Bank is encouraging such creative reuse—it will soon launch an “Apps for Development” competition, to prompt the health and development community to create applications and “mash-ups” using World Bank data. The World Bank’s open data initiative will be followed by the July 1 launch of the Bank’s new Access to Information Policy, which provides access to an expanded range of reports, documents, and information. This step is welcome, as it will strengthen public ownership and oversight of Bank activities. If implemented as outlined in the policy document, for the first time the Bank will release information on projects under implementation—also a long overdue measure. The Bank will publish important information contained in a series of reports called “Implementation Status and Results Reports,” including information about the status of project implementation and overall ratings on project development objectives and implementation progress.
- http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi%252F10.1371%252Fjournal.pmed.1000223 PLoS Medicine essay called “Meeting the Demand for Results and Accountability: A Call for Action on Health Data from Eight Global Health Agencies.” The leaders of eight major global health agencies (the “H8”) made “a public commitment on behalf of each of our organizations to work with other stakeholders to develop a set of specific principles around data sharing by our organizations within two years.”