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Participating developing country initiatives

Read about additional developing countries initiatives that can help you meet your research needs.

Research4Life Research4Life is the collective name for four public-private partnerships which seek to help achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by providing the developing world with access to critical scientific and social science research. Beginning in 2002, the four programmes: Health Access to Research Initiative (HINARI); Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA); Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE); and the Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI), have given researchers at 6,000 institutions in over 100 developing countries free or low cost access to over 30,000 journals, books and databases provided by the world’s leading academic and professional publishers. For more information on Research4Life please visit their homepageDownload the Research4Life leaflet here.

HINARI • Participating journals. • How to register
HINARI Programme set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables low- and middle- income countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature.

AGORA • Participating journals. • How to register
The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences.

OARE • Participating journals. • How to register
Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of environmental science research.

ARDI The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program is coordinated by WIPO together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim to increase the availability of scientific and technical information in developing countries.

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications
• Participating journals. • How to register
The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications focuses on strengthening research communication, with particular emphasis on the needs of developing and emerging countries. Their goal is to contribute to sustainable and equitable development through innovation, advocacy, networking and capacity strengthening.

eIFL Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) is a not-for-profit organization that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in developing and transition economy countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

EIFL’s four programmes (Licensing, Copyright and Libraries, Open Access and Public Library and Innovation) help people to access and use information for education, learning, research, and sustainable community development.

Learn more at www.eifl.net.

How are these initiatives making a difference?

  • See how HINARI, AGORA, and OARE are helping a medical library in Vietnam.
  • Watch a video of their work in Nairobi.
  • Search by country for feedback to, and training events supported by INASP.
  • Read feedback from HINARI and OARE users.
  • Read how the EIFL Licensing Programme supports educational change at an expanding range of universities in Myanmar.
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