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Forum for the Future of Aid

Southern Voices for Change in the International Aid System Project

The Forum on the Future of Aid is an online community dedicated to research and opinions about how the international aid system currently works and where it should go next

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ActionAid is an international development agency whose aim is to fight poverty worldwide. Formed in 1972, today ActionAid is helping over 13 million of the world's poorest and most disadvantaged people in 42 countries worldwide.

African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD)
AFRODAD is a civil society organisation born of a desire to secure lasting solutions to Africa’s mounting debt problem which has impacted negatively on the continent’s development process.

Bretton Woods Project
The Bretton Woods Project works as a networker, information-provider, media informant and watchdog to scrutinise and influence the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

CARE International
CARE International is one of the world’s largest independent relief and development organisations, working in more than 70 countries and benefiting over 45 million poor and marginalised people.

Centre for Aid & Public Expenditure (CAPE)
The Centre for Aid & Public Expenditure undertakes professional advisory and evaluation work on public financial management systems and on new aid approaches that aim to strengthen country systems; as well as promoting discussion and research on core questions of aid policy and aid management, including country aid-management policies, mutual accountability, incentives in aid agencies and the international institutional architecture of aid.

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
CIVICUS is an international alliance established in 1993 to nurture the foundation, growth and protection of citizen action throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened.

Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO)
COMACO is a model for rural development that supports natural resource management.

European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD)
Eurodad is a network of 48 development non-governmental organisations from 15 European countries, working for national economic and international financing policies that achieve poverty eradication and the empowerment of the poor.

Focus on the Global South
Focus on the Global South is a program of Development Policy Research, Analysis and Action. Founded in 1995, it aims to consciously and consistently articulate, link and develop greater coherence between local community-based and national, regional and global paradigms of change; to create a distinct and cogent link between development at the grassroots and the macro levels.

IFIwatchnet connects organisations worldwide which are monitoring international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank, the IMF and regional development banks.

International Poverty Centre (IPC)
The International Poverty Centre (IPC) is a joint initiative between UNDP and the Brazilian Government’s Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) to promote South-South Cooperation on applied poverty research and training. IPC’s research is focused on social protection, cash transfers, MDGs, economic governance, employment generation, gender, pro-poor growth, macroeconomic policies and HIV/AIDS.

Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS)
The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) was established as an autonomous research institute, by an Act of Parliament in December 1988. A policy think-tank that has the operational freedom and resources to engage in socio-economic research requiring long term commitment, the IPS is geared to provide informed analysis to national planners and policy makers in the country and the wider region. The IPS has evolved to be the most respected independent economic policy research centre in Sri Lanka operating outside the formal government sector.

Instituto del Tercer Mundo / The Third World Institute (ITeM)
ITeM performs information, communication and education activities on an international level, concerning development and environment-related activities. It is a civil society organization, working for civil society, which encourages citizen involvement in global decision-making processes.

International Training and NGO Research Centre (INTRAC)
INTRAC is a non-profit organisation working in the international development and relief sector. We support non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) around the world by helping to explore policy issues, and by strengthening management and organisational effectiveness.

Jubilee Debt Campaign
JDC is a coalition of local/regional groups and national organisations and is the UK's campaigning successor to Jubilee 2000 and Drop the Debt campaigns. Their focus is on changing UK government policy on debt, including to ensure that the maximum influence is brought to bear on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) – on whose governing bodies the UK is represented.

North-South Institute (Canada)
The North-South Institute (NSI) is dedicated to eradicating global poverty and enhancing social justice through research which promotes international cooperation, democratic governance and conflict prevention. It provides research and analysis on foreign policy and international development issues for policy-makers, educators, business, the media and the general public. It is Canada’s first independent, non-governmental and non-partisan research institute focused on international development and for more than 25 years has built a reputation for sound, credible analysis of pressing issues related to global development.

One World Aid Guide
News and links about International Aid. The aim of the Guide is to provide a broad introduction to the subject of Overseas Development Assistance (known more simply as "Aid"), suitable for a global audience of students, academics, journalists, civil society practitioners, and individuals interested in human rights and sustainable development.

One World Trust
The One World Trust promotes education and research into the changes required within global organisations in order to achieve the eradication of poverty, injustice and war. It conducts research on practical ways to make global organisations more responsive to the people they affect, and on how the rule of law can be applied equally to all. It educates political leaders and opinion-formers about the findings of its research. Its guiding vision is a world where all peoples live in peace and security and have equal access to opportunity and participation.

Oxfam International
Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. They seek increased worldwide public understanding that economic and social justice are crucial to sustainable development, striving to be a global campaigning force promoting the awareness and motivation that comes with global citizenship whilst seeking to shift public opinion in order to make equity the same priority as economic growth.

The Reality of Aid
The Reality of Aid project is the only major north/south international non-governmental initiative focusing exclusively on analysis and lobbying for poverty eradication policies and practices in the international aid regime. It brings together more than 40 civil society networks working in the field of international cooperation in the 22 donor countries, in Asia, the Americas and Africa. The project builds on a ten-year track record of independent assessment of aid policies and practices, accompanied by constructive dialogue with policy makers at national and international levels.

Social Watch
Social Watch is an international network informed by national citizens' groups aiming at following up the fulfilment of internationally agreed commitments on poverty eradication and equality. These national groups report, through the national Social Watch report, on the progress – or regression – towards these commitments and goals.

Southern African Regional Poverty Network
The Southern African Regional Poverty Network is a non-profit organisation that promotes debate and knowledge sharing on poverty reduction processes and experiences in Southern Africa. SARPN aims to contribute towards effective reduction of poverty in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through creating platforms for effective pro-poor policy, strategy and practice.

Third World Network
The Third World Network is an independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North- South issues. Its objectives are to conduct research on economic, social and environmental issues pertaining to the South; to publish books and magazines; to organize and participate in seminars; and to provide a platform representing broadly Southern interests and perspectives at international fora such as the UN conferences and processes.

Unnayan Onneshan
Based in Bangladesh, the Unnayan Onneshan is an independent progressive think tank which aims to contribute to innovation in development through research, advocacy, solidarity and action. It was formed in 2003 as a not-for-profit trust to contribute towards search for solutions to endemic poverty, injustice, gender inequality and environmental degradation at the local, national and global levels.

50 Years Is Enough
50 Years Is Enough is a project of the U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice. Founded in 1994, it is a coalition of over 200 U.S. grassroots, women's, solidarity, faith-based, policy, social- and economic-justice, youth, labor and development organizations dedicated to the profound transformation of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Network works in solidarity with over 185 international partner organizations in more than 65 countries. Through education and action, the Network is committed to transforming the international financial institutions' policies and practices, to ending the outside imposition of neo-liberal economic programs, and to making the development process democratic and accountable.

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