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 Swiss Based Non-Governmental Organizations 



Links to Participatory Methods and Approaches



This site provides resources to generate ideas and action for inclusive development and social change. It explains what participatory methods are, where and how they are used, and their problems and potentials. It focuses on participatory approaches to programme design, monitoring and evaluation; to learning, research and communication in organisations, networks and communities; and to citizen engagement in political processes.




This is a resource for understanding power relations in efforts to bring about social change. Powercube.net contains practical and conceptual materials to help us think about how to respond to power relations within organisations and in wider social and political spaces.


The Centre for Social Protection

This IDS-based research centre seeks to provide a global focus for research, policy analysis and capacity building on social protection and its linkages to other social and economic sectors. The website provides background information, details of projects, blogs and offers an e-newsletter.


Transformative Storytelling Approaches

This website about transformative creative and visual storytelling methods comprises an online handbook along with a forum for conceptual reflections, practical experiences, and methodological guidance. It offers supporting resources and case studies as well as a regular blog.


Crowd Wise

If you are looking to take shared decisions that are likely to be acceptable to everyone involved, then Crowd Wise may be of interest. It is a participative method for taking shared decisions that uses a combination of consensus voting and constructive dialogue. 


Inequality – What can be done?

A video of a Sussex lecture from Sir Tony Atkinson, Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.  The Lecture proposes ambitious new policies in a range of areas: technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation. It seeks to defend these proposals against the common arguments: that intervention will shrink the economy, that globalization makes action impossible, and that new policies cannot be afforded.


Blogs on Development and Poverty Issues

Aid on the Edge of Chaos

Aid on the Edge of Chaos is a blog started in October 2009 which aims to provide the latest, up-to-date information on initiatives, meetings and reports related to complexity sciences and international aid. http://aidontheedge.info/blog/

Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCCI/CCIC) Blog

A blog by the Canadian council for international co-operation, Canada's coalition to end global poverty. http://www.ccic.ca/blog/

Development Horizons - by Lawrence Haddad, IDS

This blog regards some unguarded reflections, thoughts, and ideas on international development from Lawrence Haddad, Director of the Institute of Development Studies based in the UK. http://www.developmenthorizons.com

Evaluation Revisited: Improving the Quality of Evaluative Practice by Embracing Complexity

The conference aims to contribute to clarity in the development sector about what constitutes robustness, i.e. core values and quality standard, for evaluative practice in development that recognises the complexity of societal transformation. http://evaluationrevisited.wordpress.com

From Poverty to Power - by Duncan Green, Oxfam

This blog is written and maintained by Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB and author of 'From Poverty to Power'. More information on Duncan and the book is available on the From Poverty to Power official website. http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p

Poverty Matters - blog by The Guardian


The Big Push Forward

An informal international network of practitioners that is seeking constructive ways to advance, conceptually and methodologically, development aid’s support of a fairer world. http://bigpushforward.net


Global Forums and Partnerships

CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE)

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is an open platform that unites civil society voices around the world. The framework for the CPDE was developed in Nairobi, Kenya from Dec 8-9, 2012. 50 civil society leaders and representatives met to outline the issues and define a common mission, vision, goals and objectives. The roadmap for the CSO partnership was documented in the Nairobi Declaration. http://www.csopartnership.org/

Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC)

The Global Partnership helps nations, business and organisations work better together to end poverty. It brings governments, the private sector, civil society and others together to ensure funding, knowledge and policy produce maximum impact for development. It is a forum for shared advice, shared learning and shared action to support the implementation of principles that form the foundation of effective development co-operation. http://effectivecooperation.org/

UN Development Cooperation Forum (DCF)

The biennial high-level Development Cooperation Forum reviews trends in international development cooperation, promotes greater coherence among the development activities of different development partners and helps to promote policy integration and to strengthen the normative and operational link in the work of the United Nations. Its mandate originates from the 2005 World Summit. http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/dcf/


International Organizations

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, based in Rome, exists to promote global food security; its institutional logo is “a world without hunger”. http://www.fao.org

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) - Rural Poverty Portal

Powered by IFAD, the Rural Poverty Portal is a website where rural poor people, policy-makers, donors, research institutes, non-governmental organizations and other development partners can share information about eradicating rural poverty. The website includes country profiles on rural poverty. http://www.ruralpovertyportal.org/home


Originally founded as a charity based in Oxford, UK, Oxfam is now a confederation of 15 like-minded organizations “working together to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice“. http://www.oxfam.org

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Poverty Reduction

The UNDP works to improve people’s lives and in the choices and opportunities available to them. Guided by the Millennium Declaration and its key benchmarks for measuring progress – the Millennium Development Goals – UNDP promotes inclusive development and works to reduce poverty in all its dimensions. http://www.undp.org/poverty 

World Bank – Poverty & Inequality DataFinder Mobile App

The World Bank’s Poverty & Inequality DataFinder provides quick access to the latest poverty and inequality indicators for more than 120 developing countries. Visualize trends in charts and maps, explore the indicators in tables, and share them with friends and colleagues through e-mail and social media. The Poverty DataFinder is part of the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative to make data more accessible and easy to use. The data are based on the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity database. http://data.worldbank.org/apps?cid=DEC_SS_WBGDataEmail_EXT

World Bank – PovertyNet

The World Bank's PovertyNet provides an introduction to key issues related to poverty, as well as in-depth information on poverty measurement, monitoring, analysis, and on poverty reduction strategies. These resources are relevant for both development practitioners and researchers. http://go.worldbank.org/33CTPSVDC0


National Agencies for Development Cooperation

Australian Aid


Department for International Development UK (DFID)


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Danida)


New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAid)



Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)


Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)


Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)



News Agencies on Development and Poverty Issues

Inter Press Service (IPS) - News Agency

Information is an agent of change. Since its inception, back in 1964, IPS has believed in the role of information as a precondition for lifting communities out of poverty and marginalization. This belief is reflected in our historic mission: “giving a voice to the voiceless”– acting as a communication channel that privileges the voices and the concerns of the poorest and creates a climate of understanding, accountability and participation around development, promoting a new international information order between the South and the North. http://www.ipsnews.net/

Monitoring and Evaluation News

A news service focusing on developments in monitoring and evaluation methods relevant to development programmes with social development objectives. Managed by Rick Davies, since 1997. http://mande.co.uk

SciDev.Net - Bringing science and development together through news and analysis

SciDev.Net is committed to putting science at the heart of global development. Our website is the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis on information about science and technology for global development. We engage primarily with development professionals, policymakers, researchers, the media and the informed public. http://www.scidev.net/global/

The Broker - The Foundation for International Development Publications (IDP)

The Broker is an independent platform and online magazine on globalisation and development, bringing together cutting-edge knowledge and expert opinions from researchers, policymakers and practitioners. http://www.thebrokeronline.eu


Research Centres and Networks


ASOCAM is a Latin American network of institutions and projects. It serves as a forum to exchange, analyze and disseminate knowledge about local rural development, and organises annual learning events on specific topics of interest. http://www.asocam.org

Center for Global Development (CGD)

CGD conducts research and analysis on a wide range of topics related to how policies and actions of the rich and powerful affect poor people in the developing world. Examples include aid effectiveness, climate change, education, globalization, health, migration and trade. Drawing on our research, we actively engage with thought leaders, policymakers, and others to move our ideas to action. http://international.cgdev.org

Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University

The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University is a university-wide center that works to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty. The CID is Harvard’s leading research hub focusing on resolving the dilemmas of public policy associated with generating stable, shared, and sustainable prosperity in developing countries. Our ongoing mission is to apply knowledge to and revolutionize the world of development practice. http://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/cid

Center for Theory of Change

The Center for Theory of Change is a non-profit organization established to promote quality standards and best practice for the development and implementation of Theory of Change, with a particular focus on its use and application in the areas of international development, sustainability, education, human rights and social change. http://www.theoryofchange.org/

Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC)

The CPRC is an international partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs formed to focus attention on chronic poverty. It aims to stimulate national and international debate; deepen understanding of the causes of chronic poverty; and through research and analysis, provide policy guidance that will contribute to its reduction. http://www.chronicpoverty.org

Eldis Poverty Resource Guide - Poverty

This guide provides an extensive collection of research and policy documents relating to household poverty, inequality, poverty analysis, social protection and more. All are editorially selected, summarised and available free to download in full. http://www.eldis.org/go/topics/resource-guides/poverty

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. It is located in the UN City of Bonn. DIE’s work is based on the interplay between Research, Policy Advice and Training. DIE is building bridges between theory and practice. http://www.die-gdi.de/en/

Independent Research Forum (IRF2015)

The Independent Research Forum (IRF2015) is a collaboration of research institutes from across the globe that provides an independent source of critical thinking, integrated analysis and awareness-raising on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a post-2015 development agenda. http://www.irf2015.org/

Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

IDS is an independent research institute closely linked to but independent from the University of Sussex, working on international development research, teaching and communications. http://www.ids.ac.uk

Institute of Development Studies (IDS) - Participatory Methods

This website is Produced by the Participation, Power and Social Change Team, at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). This site provides resources on a range of methods for inclusive social development. It explains what participatory methods are, where and how they have been used, their problems and potentials and the debates about them. The focus is on participatory approaches to strategic analysis and programme design, monitoring and evaluation. It also includes resources on participatory learning, research and communication in organisations, networks and communities. http://www.participatorymethods.org/

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

IIED is one of the world’s most influential policy research organisations working at the interface between development and environment. Our mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others. http://www.iied.org/

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)

The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) is UNDP’s global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning on development innovations. From its headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil IPC-IG is dedicated to equipping policymakers in the developing world with the skills necessary to design, implement and evaluate policies and programmes towards the attainment of high inclusive growth. http://www.undp-povertycentre.org

National Centre of Competence in Research North-South (NCCR N-S)

The NCCR North-South is one of 27 National Centres of Competence in Research implemented by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation http://www.igs-north-south.ch/Pages/default.aspx

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) – Growth, Poverty and Inequality

ODI’s Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme is a multi-disciplinary team working on one of the core issues of development policy and practice: how can economic growth and the changes it brings deliver the maximum benefits for poor people? http://www.odi.org.uk/programmes/growth-poverty-inequality

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) – Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC)

The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) is a six year global research programme exploring livelihoods, basic services and social protection in conflict-affected situations. http://www.odi.org.uk/projects/2320-secure-livelihoods-research-consortium

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) is a research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. It particularly focuses on building a more systematic methodological and economic framework to poverty reduction. http://www.ophi.org.uk

Pathways of Women's Empowerment

This DFID-funded research and communications programme links academics, activists and practitioners working to advance women's empowerment locally, regionally and through global policy. It links five research institutes in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Egypt and UK. http://www.pathways-of-empowerment.org

Powercube - University of Sussex

Powercube.net is a resource for understanding power relations in efforts to bring about social change. It contains practical and conceptual materials to help us think about how to respond to power relations within organisations and in wider social and political spaces. It is coordinated from within the Participation, Power and Social Change team, as the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. http://www.powercube.net/

World Bank – Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA)

Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) analyzes the distributional impacts of public policies, with particular emphasis on the poor and vulnerable. It uses ex ante analysis, predicting impacts before a policy is implemented. This approach generates evidence to inform policy dialogue, debate and decision making. The program is jointly managed by the Poverty Reduction and Equity Group and by the Social Development Department. http://go.worldbank.org/OSPTUYMV60

Project Cycle Management interactive (PCMi)

The LearnBook about PCM presented here is based on a script for the ETH Zurich NADEL courses on result based management of projects in international cooperation. The concepts, methods and instruments described are those currently used for results-based project cycle management in most international development agencies. https://www.shareweb.ch/site/qa/Pages/Trainings/PCMi-home.aspx


SDC Thematic Networks

SDC – Agriculture and Food Security Network


SDC – Aid Effectiveness Network


SDC – Climate Change & Environment Network


SDC – Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance


SDC -  Disaster Risk Reduction


SDC – Education Network


SDC – Employment & Income Network


SDC – Gender Equality Network


SDC – Health Network


SDC – Learning and Networking


SDC – Migration Network


SDC – Poverty-Wellbeing.net


SDC – Water Network



Swiss Based Non-Governmental Organizations

Alliance Sud

The Swiss Alliance of Development Organisations - is the common platform for development policy by the six leading Swiss development organisations: Swissaid, Catholic Lenten Fund, Bread for all, Helvetas, Caritas and Inter-church Aid. http://www.alliancesud.ch

Caritas Switzerland

Caritas Switzerland is a development organisation working to fight poverty and social inequities. It is a member of Caritas International, a network of 165 like-minded development organisations. http://www.caritas.ch

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is one of the most experienced and largest development organisations in Switzerland, with programmes in 32 countries. It came into existence on 1 July 2011 through the merger of two organisations: Helvetas (founded in 1955) and Intercooperation (founded in 1982). http://www.helvetas.org


SWISSAID is a long-established development organisation, working in nine countries, aiming to influence policy-making on development in Switzerland, and inform people about the causes of poverty and underdevelopment. http://www.swissaid.ch/en