The Global Development Network (GDN) promotes the generation, sharing, and application to policy of multidisciplinary knowledge for the purpose of development. It aims to become the first stop for those working in the development field to network with other researchers and research institutes, creating connections and strengthening partnerships between the North and South. GDN collaborates with, and benefits from the support of many organizations and institutes across the world.
GDN operates through a network of regional partners placed in different parts of the world. These partners implement GDN programs and activities at a regional level. There are eleven regional partners, eight of which are based in developing countries (AERC, EERC, EADN, CERGE-EI, LACEA, ERF, SANEI, and ODN) and three in developed countries (GDN Japan, EUDN, and BREAD). Each network partner links numerous research institutes in its region and facilitates their contact with policymakers.
A number of global institutions have forged partnerships with GDN to collaborate on specific projects. These projects aim to meet GDN's goal of research capacity building, networking and knowledge dissemination. Partners are located in both developed and developing countries, but the emphasis of the work is on developing and transition countries.