(The Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association) is
the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) representative of
the Global Development Network (GDN).
Since its inception in 1999, GDN has supported and linked
that generate, share and apply knowledge about development.
It was founded on the premise that good policy research,
properly applied, can accelerate development and improve
people’s lives. GDN’s approach to policy relevant
research is a multidisciplinary one, in that efforts to address
development challenges must be informed by knowledge based
on a variety of methodological approaches. In 2005, GDN relocated
its Secretariat from Washington DC to New Delhi, India.
GDN sponsors five core activities, which together serve
the goals of investing in human capital, unearthing and mentoring
new talent and advancing development policies in developing
and transition countries.
Regional Research Competitions (RRCs)
every year by GDN’s regional network partners
in eight regions to promote high-quality research in developing
and transition countries, GDN had disbursed more than $19
million and awarded more than 800 grants through this program.
Development Awards and Medals Competition (GDAs)
The largest annual international competition for researchers
on development, each year roughly $300,000 is awarded in
grants to researchers and development practitioners from
developing countries. More than 3,000 scholars have participated
in this competition to date.
Global Research Projects (GRPs)
projects involving research teams worldwide address the
most pressing issues of development. Till date, four
projects have been implemented within the comparative, cross
country context – Explaining Growth, Understanding
Reform, Bridging Research and Policy and Impact of Rich Countries
Policies on Poverty. The 265 grants awarded under the GRPs
include country studies, thematic papers, regional syntheses
and global studies.
Annual Global Development Conferences
GDN’s annual conferences provide a forum for the exchange
of ideas on sustainable development and poverty alleviation.
Of the 3681 participants from over 100 countries who have
attended GDN’s seven annual conferences since 1999,
nearly 2,500 were researchers from the developing world.
GDN’s Eighth Annual Global Development Conference Shaping
a New Global Reality: The Rise of Asia and its Implications
will be held from January 14 – 16, 2006 in Beijing,
GDNet: The Electronic voice of GDN
internet-based resource, GDNet is rapidly emerging as the
primary depository of research output from the developing
world with nearly 10,000 research papers available online.
In addition, GDNet provides developing country researchers
with online access to sophisticated research tools. The monthly
newsletters GDNews and Research in Focus reach nearly 17,000
by the secretariat in New Delhi, India, the GDN aims
to link researchers around the global through its ten
first year of funding from GDN, LACEA has worked through its
own research networks and activities
to achieve its goals and those of the GDN. In addition
LACEA is showcasing GDN’s services such as a database of