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TOP STORIES 
Building Institutional Capacity for Research
Research for Better Natural Resource Management
The Future of Aid
Improving Public Services in Latin America
BUILDING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY FOR RESEARCH

GDN supports research institutions in some of the poorest countries in the world to implement and evaluate self-designed research capacity building programs. The Institute for Gross National Happiness Studies in Bhutan, the Royal University of Law and Economics of Cambodia, the Academy of Sciences of Vietnam and the Haramaya University in Ethiopia are part of the program. Bhutanese grantee Jamba Tobden speaks about the benefits of the program in this short film.
RESEARCH FOR BETTER NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 

Natural capital makes up a significant share of total wealth in developing countries, but it is often depleted as a result of economic activity. GDN supports research that helps three ecologically fragile countries – Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco – to formulate policies to improve management of natural capital. Findings were shared at a policy dialogue in Paris as well as the African School of Economics in Benin. Learn more.
 
THE FUTURE OF FOREIGN AID

Winners of GDN's Next Horizons Essay Contest presented their views at the Brookings Institution and the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington DC this June. The events gathered key stakeholders in development to discuss new ideas on the future of aid contained in their winning essays on knowledge reformsautonomyscaling impact and global funds. Follow #NextHorizonsEssay. Watch recording at CGD here.
IMPROVING PUBLIC SERVICES IN LATIN AMERICA

Latin America has much to share with the rest of the world on governance and public service delivery experiments and learning. A new book on the topic is under publication at Palgrave Macmillan. Editors Guillermo Perry and Ramona Angelescu Naqvi are closely associated with GDN. Contributing authors present insights on education, roads and water to improve their quality, access and affordability. The book will also contain case studies on political economy, public spending and governance reform.
GLOBAL RESEARCH FINDINGS OUT SOON

Findings from the current round of GDN’s Global Research Competition (GRC) are soon to be disseminated here. A story about research from Macedonia and Serbia has been published in a ​widely circulated monthly Macedonian economics newspaper, "Ekonomija i Biznis." The GRC is a competitive grant program that provides early-career social science researchers, from developing and transition countries, with a platform to investigate international development challenges through collaborative cross-country or inter-regional research projects. 
HOW WILL THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION BENEFIT DEVELOPING ECONOMIES AND SOCIETIES?

GDN President Pierre Jacquet moderated a session on  'Digital Technologies' Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals' as part of the European Development Days (EDD) 2016.The session explored the key role digital technologies can play in achieving the 2030 development agenda. The event was organized by the European Commission to share ideas and foster innovative solutions to the world's problems from 15-16 June in Brussels. Watch full session.
WHAT OUR PARTNERS ARE DOING

GDN’s South Asian regional network partner, The South Asian Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI) is soon to distribute GDN-awarded research grants for the 17th round of its Regional Research Competition (RRC). This round focuses on tax policy and reforms in South Asian countries, with proposals from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Winners of the 17th round of the RRC.
 
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS COURSES

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is inviting applications for six professional development courses: Advanced Research Design for Policy-Oriented ResearchInterpretive Methods and EthnographySurvey Design and ExecutionComparative Case Studies ResearchApplied Quantitative Research and Social Network AnalysisThe call document and application forms are on the PASGR websiteApplications must be submitted by July 24, 2016.
DOING RESEARCH: NEXT WEBINAR 

GDN's next webinar will discuss "Funding for Social Science Research: Curse or Blessing?" Hosted by Research to Action, experts will delve into the issue of funding for social science research, drawing on the experiences of the Doing Research program. The webinar follows a pilot synthesis and scale-up workshop on 26-27 May in Brighton, UK. An earlier webinar focused on 'Why the Research Environment Matters' See webinar recording and related blogs.   
WHY DO WE MENTOR?

Social economist and development expert Benjamin Buclet shares his experience of being a GDN Mentor, and tells us why GDN mentors the research projects it supports. Watch the interview here.
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