My Weblinks of the Month: February 2009

Submitted by Karsten Weitzen... on February 3, 2009 - 3:48pm.

3D promotes collaboration amongst trade, development and human rights professionals, to ensure that trade rules are developed and applied in ways that promote an equitable economy. 3D believes that the human rights framework provides strong tools for ensuring a more equitable economy.

Business Planet: new data map on Entrepreneurship

Business Planet, an interactive Google map, now includes data on new business creation around the world. Measures of entrepreneurial activity are based on the number of total and newly registered corporations. Click on color markers to learn more about each country.

Crisis Talk

The World Bank has established a new blog on emerging markets and the financial crisis. Crisis Talk features opinions on what solutions may be possible, what shape the financial sector may take in the future, and how the crisis affects the real economy.

Crocodyl - Collaborative Research on Corporations

Crocodyl is an evolving compendium of critical research, posted to the public domain as an aid to anyone working to hold corporations increasingly accountable. The aim is to stimulate collaborative research among NGOs, journalists, activists, whistleblowers and academics from both the global South and North in order to develop publicly-available profiles of the world's most powerful corporations.

EURADA European Association of Development Agencies

The European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) has a membership of about 150 regional development agencies from across the European Union. Agencies from almost all the Member States of the EU are EURADA members.

GEMDEV Newsletter

Featuring news, events, call for papers of research institutes in the Ile-de-Franceis region. Issued in French by the Groupement d'intérêt scientifique pour l'étude de la mondialisation et du développement.

GenderStats has Gender Data by The World Bank and others

A one stop source of information on gender at the country level. A compilation of data on key gender topics from national statistics agencies, United Nations databases, and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys.

GTZ-Community: Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation

This website provides you with recent news and best practices from GTZ as well as from other development agencies and research institutions. Its core is a comprehensive database with more than 200 online documents covering various aspects on Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation.

Local/Regional Economic Development (LRED)

Are you living in a place where economic development is not as dynamic as it should be? Where many persons are desperate for more income, but there seems to be no opportunity to earn it? So what are you going to do about it? Are you going to wait for the promised effects of globalization and liberalization to trickle down? Or will you wait for central government to solve your problems? Or are you going to take things into your own hands, or to persuade other local actors to go along? If you are opting for the latter, you might find some interesting ideas in this LRED-Reference Guide. Source: GTZ-NEDAnews

Comercio y Pobreza en Latino América (COPLA)

COPLA is a 2-year project funded by the UK Department for International Development. It explores the linkages between trade, poverty and social exclusion. Although there is an active debate in the region on the relationship between trade liberalisation on poverty, little attention has been paid to the different impacts on marginalised groups, whether they be women, youth, indigenous minorities or the rural poor.

UNIDO Private Sector Development Toolbox

This online tool for practitioners, project managers and government officials in different areas of Private Sector Development has a overview on UNIDO PSD methodologies and policies, please select one of the following intervention areas: SME Clusters & Networking Development, Export Consortia, Responsible Entrepreneurship & CSR


Innoversia is the new portal of Universia, the most important network of universities in Latin America, and Neos, the first private technology transfer office in Chile, conceived to increase and promote in Latin America the technological development and innovation. This portal aims to bring together SMEs, researchers and industrialists working in the field of innovation in order to provide solutions to technological and innovation problems.

International Institute for Environment and Development

The new IIED website has been designed to allow easier access to both research, and free access learning resources.

Mesopartner - Local Economic Delivery

mesopartner is a knowledge firm that specialises in territorial development, competitiveness and innovation. Our strategic intent is to be globally acknowledged as an innovator in territorial development, partnering with strategic customers and associates through capacity building and coaching, as well as programme design, method and tool development and capture, knowledge management, and problem solving.


PRO INNO Europe® is an initiative of Directorate General Enterprise and Industry which aims to become the focal point for innovation policy analysis, learning and development in Europe, with the view to learning from the best and contributing to the development of new and better innovation policies in Europe.

RED-X South Africa

RED-X offers innovative facilitation services that increase the success rates in local or regional economic development. The consequence (of greater success rates in LRED) is increased economic growth, employment and income levels.

Remittance Prices Worldwide: new Website in English and Spanish

Remittance Prices Worldwide Website provides data on the cost of sending and receiving small amounts of money from one country to another. These international transfers are often initiated by migrant workers. The site covers 120 ''country corridors'' worldwide. The corridors studied flow from 14 major remittance sending countries to 67 receiving countries, representing around 60% of total remittances to developing countries. Access the site in English or Spanish.

The Child Development Index

What does the Child Development Index tell us about how children are faring around the world? Are some countries making good progress in improving child well-being? Is it getting worse in other countries? Save the Children's new Child Development Index is the world's first and only tool to answer these questions. It combines each country's performance in three areas specific to children, to produce a score on a scale of 0 to 100. Aimed at holding governments to account for children's wellbeing

Thomas Global

TG has a database of hundreds of thousands of industrial suppliers and products around the world. Each company listing has an address and phone number, plus a link to the company's Web site. If you register for a free account you can also save your searches, and create contact lists from the searches you run. Source: FITA.

Trade Observatory

Since 1999, Trade Observatory (formerly WTO Watch) has been documenting the World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Free Trade Area of the Americas and other international trade agreements and institutions. Additionally, Trade Observatory posts the work of IATP and other organizations working toward fairer trade systems and alternative approaches to globalization. This is a project of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, a Minneapolis-based nongovernmental organization.

Who's Talkin? Now you can find out

A search engine for social networks that can help you find out what people are saying about topics that are of interest to you. All you do is type in a keyword, and you'll get a list of links to any recent comments involving that keyword in blogs, networks, forums, news media, etc. This is useful not only as a Public Relations strategy, but also as a way of researching new ideas, products, and markets.

WTO launches new Database on Regional Trade Agreements

The WTO has launched a new database on regional trade agreements (RTAs). This contains all the relevant documentation received by the WTO following notification by a WTO member that an RTA has been established. The database can be searched by country, region, legal provision, date of notification or entry into force of the RTA. Summary tables of all RTAs currently in force, containing various types of information, can be easily exported by users of the database.

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Submitted by petercasier on February 8, 2009 - 1:10pm.


Keep these links coming. Interesting stuff!!

Peter Casier.
The Road to the Horizon
The Signs Along The Road

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