The GSDRC team has been providing research support to FCDO since 2001, when the project was known as the Governance Resource Centre (GRC). The scope of the project expanded to become the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre in 2005, and in July 2012, the GSDRC began delivering ‘Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services’ to governance, social development, conflict, and humanitarian advisers as part of the broader PEAKS initiative.
The GSDRC team has provided research services to the Australian Government since 2009. This consists primarily of responding to short-term helpdesk research requests, but the Australian Government has also commissioned topic guides and supports the web site and email bulletin.
European Union, Instrument Contributing to Peace and Stability
The GSDRC team has carried out research for many other agencies, with clients including the World Bank, UNDP, OECD, Commonwealth Secretariat, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and several NGOs.
By supporting multiple donors, the GSDRC contributes to the harmonisation agenda, helps share knowledge across agencies, and where research requests from different agencies are similar we help avoid duplication and build on existing work.
In 2012, the GSDRC became a content provider for ReliefWeb, a key online source for information on humanitarian action. ReliefWeb is run by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), and in 2011 it received over 9.3 million unique visitors. Updated around the clock, ReliefWeb provides news, reports, press releases, appeals, policy documents, analysis and maps related to humanitarian emergencies worldwide.
Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD)
Since 2011, the GSDRC has shared materials from our document library with the Learning Network on Capacity Development, a network of organisations sharing a common interest in improving capacity development practice.
FCDO Research for Development (R4D) database
GSDRC publications are routinely included in FCDO’s R4D database, a free, searchable portal of outputs from, and information about, research funded by FCDO.
UN Social Development Network (UNSDN)
Since February 2013, selected GSDRC publications have been featured on the UN Social Development Network, a web portal maintained by the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The aim of UNSDN is to provide a global platform for sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices in social development from around the world.