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International Development & Relief Organizations

To get started finding International Governmental Organization (IGO) Information you may wish to try the following IGO Custom Search Engine, which was initiated by David Oldenkamp, International Documents Librarian at Indiana University, and searches 392 urls of International Governmental Organizations (IGOs).

Global Issues on the UN Agenda. UN Reference tool for links to online documents, agencies, and other resources on a wide range of important topics on the UN Agenda.

European Union Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO). Humanitarian aid office of the European Union. Site includes lists of publications and decisions.

Human Development Report Library
. The web site includes the UNDP flagship publication the Human Development Report, as well as national human development reports from over 250 countries and regions.

IFAD Operations Database
.  Portal of projects and programmes on poverty issues affecting countries world wide. From the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Search menu is on the lower left.

Relief Web
. Web portal from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Hails itself as "the world's leading gateway to information on humanitarian emergencies and disasters."

Rural Poverty Portal
.  Portal from the International Fund for Agricultural development on a wide range of poverty issues, country reports and development strategies, from international agencies world wide, including development banks and other international organizations.

United Nations and Business Web site
. Provides information on partnerships and alliances between the UN and the private sector to help further the UN Millennium Devleopment Goals.

United Nations Capital Development Fund. Investment fund for Least Developed Countries to help reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
. United Nations children's agency.  Provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries

United Nations Office for Project Services.  Works to implementing projects for the United Nations System, international financial institutions, governments and other partners in the aid world.

UN Habitat
. United Nations agency for human settlements mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
. The United Nations Refugee Agency. Includes many online books, papers and statistics.

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International & Regional Financial Institutions

To find reviews and other reports documenting flows of foreign assistance from countries with significant foreign assistance plans, do a subject search in Oskicat or Melvyl:

economic assistance, british
economic assistance, canadian africa
economic assistance, japanese developing countries
economic assistance, american asia

Asian Development Bank. Information on loans, investment, and technical assistance for a broad range of Asian development projects.  See also  the Asian Development Review.

African Development Bank
. Regional development Bank for Africa.  See also their flagship publication African Development Review.

Caribbean Development Bank
. Regional financial and economic development institution for the Caribbean.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
. Development bank to provide project financing for Easterm Europe and Central Asia.

InterAmerican Development Bank
. Regional development bank focusing on economic development and technical cooperation projects for Latin America. See also IDB America. 

International Monetary Fund

  • Annual Report of the Executive Board. Overview of IMF activities each year with detailed fiscal data of IMF operations in the appendices.
  • Article IV Staff Reports. Country "surveillance reports" conducted by IMF missions teams on an ongoing basis for all member states, and reports made in response to states' requests to borrow funds. Not all reports are made public.
  • Country Reports. Rich source of information by country: see especially the statistical appendices.
  • IMF Country Policy Intention Documents.  IMF documents prepared by countries outlining policy intentions for use of Fund resources or staff-monitored programs.

Islamic Development Bank. Largest multilateral development institution in the Middle East, located in Saudi Arabia.

OECD iLibrary
. Online library from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) an international economic organisation and leading international organization for foreign aid (development assistance) data.  For a quick summary of OECD statistics see the OECD Factbook.

World Bank 

  • International Development Association (IDA). Branch of the World Bank that helps the poorest countries by providing loans aimed at boosting economic growth and improving living conditions.
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers. Also includes Joint Staff advisory Notes and Joint Staff Assessments.
  • World Bank & Poverty Reduction. Gateway to World Bank Poverty measurement, analysis and reduction strategies. Includes topical and country listings as well as data on poverty and inequality.
  • World Bank E-library (UCB Access Only). Database for hundreds of full-text World Bank publications. Topics covered include economics, public policy, education, international development, gender, the environment, and more.
  • World Bank Country Information. Web portal of World Bank publications by country. See also the World Bank Country Study series of reports.  In the online catalogs do a series search for world bank country study
  • World Bank Project Documents. Full-text of World Bank project reports, including evaluation reports, working papers, and project appraisals

Foreign National Governments

The UC Berkeley Libraries are one of the very few libraries in the United States which continue to collect foreign government information on a large scale.  We have particularly strong collections for Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands.  Do a search in Oskicat for "poverty" and a country. 

African Governments Custom Search
. This is a search engine for web sites from Sub-Saharan African governments. For best results, search using the official language(s) of the country you are interested in.

Africa South of the Sahara. One of the most comprehensive web portals for Sub-saharan Africa. Fully searchable and browseable by topic (e.g. environment, human rights) and by country/region

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
. Canadian Aid & International Development Agency.

Department of International Development. United Kingdom International Development Agency.

Foreign/International Governments Custom Search. Collection of Google custom search engines from Carleton University Library, including Asia & the Pacific, Latin America, & the Middle East.  Includes a mix of sites from international agencies, news services, and NGOs.

Foreign Government Information by Country.  Very nicely organized directory of government sites from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Foreign Government Internet Sites.  Links to the official government legislative and agency sites of foreign governments. From Northwestern University Libraries.

Government in Latin America - Provides links to regional organizations and government information by country. Information Includes: constitutions, presidential messages, central bank reports, and other official documents.

Swedish International Development Cooperaton Agency (SIDA). Swedish International Aid agency.

United States Federal, State & Local Governments

Govscan. Google Custom search engine that searches state and  local government websites. Search the entire web site or limit by state.

ProQuest Congressional
. One-stop shopping for U.S. congressional publications.  Provides indexing and abstracts of congressional publications back to 1789, including full text of published Congressional Hearings, full text Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports from 1916-present and more.

USA.gov.  Official United States Government web portal, with specialized “gateways” for citizens, business and government employees.

USAID Documents. Online resource for USAID international development, with thousands documents available for download. Database is browseable by country and by subject.

United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs
. Standing committee of the US House of Representatives with jurisdiction over related to the foreign affairs of the United States. Occassionally holds congressional hearings relating to poverty and development aid.

U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants
(Green Book). Loans and grants from the US government each fiscal year by purpose and country.

Primary Sources for Poverty Interventions

Primary sources are either created during the time period being studied or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied.  They reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer.  Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period.

The following sources may be used to locate poverty interventions from International, Foreign National, and U.S State & Local Governments, as well as Nongovernmental Organizations.  Some of the sources may be limited to information and analysis about poverty iniatives, goals and strategies, rather than complete reports of specific interventions.

Many microcredit and development institutions (e.g. BRAC, Grameen, and ASA) are described in depth in Poverty Capital.  To find additional institutions you may also search on directory sites such as the Microfinance Gateway or the Grameen Trust Replication Program.

Last Update: December 20, 2012 12:06