Support to SciDev.Net

IDRC funding for SciDev.Net (SDN), will enhance the not-for profit organization's ability to provide reliable and authoritative information about science and technology in the developing world as it transitions to a self-sustaining business.

The funding will continue to support SDN's service and capacity-building activities, which contribute to alleviating poverty and to sustainable economic development. The goal: advance SDN's organizational and business model to enable it to become less donor-dependent.

IDRC is a founding SDN donor, and has provided funding since 2001. IDRC's 2009 shift to a milestones-based funding model has encouraged SDN to become a self-sustaining business.

In this phase (Phase V), SDN will design and implement a new business unit that will generate income by providing cost-based services, with the support of IDRC's Donor Partnerships Division. SDN's regional nodes will be given greater responsibility and support to strengthen news reporting and developing-country journalists' visibility.

IDRC funding will be used to offer training workshops to science journalists in sub-Saharan Africa and MENA regions. SDN will also develop an Arabic language portal, improve its website, and undertake special coverage of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Sunday, April 1, 2012

End Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Elder, Laurent

Total funding

CA$ 558,600


Middle East, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, United Kingdom


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Nick Perkins


Science and Development Network

Institution Country

United Kingdom

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