Selected Development Portals

The following websites are good starting points for finding information on international development.

Most of the websites are portals or gateways.

These collections of websites provide selected and annotated links to high-quality sources of information, including many free online publications.


Development Gateway
The Development Gateway is an interactive portal for information and knowledge sharing on sustainable development and poverty reduction. The online resources portal offers:

EADI Research Monitor
The EADI Research Monitor provides access to research outputs and information about research programmes of EADI member institutes (EADI = the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes) The portal provides online access to topical guides, country/regional guides, resources guides (research papers, working papers, policy briefs, research summaries).

Eldis - Gateway to Development Information
Eldis is the gateway to online information on development policy, practice and research. Coverage includes social, economic, political and environmental issues. It provides descriptions and links to a variety of information sources, including websites, databases, library catalogues, bibliographies, email discussion lists, research project information, map and newspaper collections. Thousands of full text documents are available free to download. The Resource Guides and Dossiers offer easy access to information on a wide rage of subjects, while the Country Profiles provide regional and country specific information.

Eldis: Open Access
Documents and organizations dealing with Open Access.

IDS Open Knowledge and Digital Services unit (Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK)
Access point for BRIDGE (Gender and Development), Eldis, GSDRC (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre), HEART (Health and Education Advice and Resource Team), and OpenDocs.

Governance and Social Development Resource Centre

Governance and Social Development Resource Centre

 Also by IDS:

A Good Place to Start: The IDS Knowledge Services Guide to Finding Development Information Online A good place to start : the IDS knowledge guide to finding development information online (2006)

Guide which highlights selected websites that are a good place to start searching for information on over 30 development themes.
Download this publication free of charge.

Oxfam Policy & Practice
The Oxfam Policy & Practice website provides free access to thousands of publications, including research reports, journal articles, e-books, policy briefs, programme evaluations and training resources across a wide range of themes. Subjects include: Agriculture, Climate change, Conflict, Disaster preparedness, Food security, Gender, Health, Private sector, Politics, Trade, and many more.
You can browse by subject area, publication type, country or language.

Project Bretton Woods
Critical voices on the World bank and the IMF. Through briefings, reports and the bimonthly digest Bretton Woods Update, it monitors projects, policy reforms and the overall management of the Bretton Woods institutions with special emphasis on environmental and social concerns.

UN - The United Nations
Home page of the UN with general and topical information. Very rich site, check also the following:


USAID - United States Agency for International Development
USAID is the official agency of the US government by which development assistance is channelled to other countries. The Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) is the largest online resource for USAID funded, international development documentation, with over 47300 documents available for electronic download.


The World Bank Group
The World Bank provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The Bank is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The World Bank has a very elaborate website, rich in content, which features among others:

WWW Virtual Library
A guide to selected resources across all the main academic areas. Some major sections include:

  • WWW VL : International Affairs Resources
    Very rich resource with over 2600 selected and annotated links to high-quality sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international studies, and international relations topics, including Getting Started, Media Sources, Organizations, Regions and Countries, and Topics.
  • WWW VL : International Development
    Part of the above mentioned larger WWW VL : International Affairs Resources, with links to Principle Portals, Web Directories, and Indexes of resources on international development.