Providing a clearinghouse for economic development information
Maintaining library on development planning Collecting publications on economic development
Maintain an information and documentation service on economic and development planning.
The African Institute for Economic Development (IDEP) and Planning maintains an information and documentation service on economic development experiences of African countries. Its library contains one of the richest collections of books, journals and documents on economic development and planning in Africa. It is an essential resource to the Institute's trainees and faculty, to visiting researchers, and to other institutions and international organizations based in Dakar. Allied to the documentation activities is the IDEP publications programme (monographs, guest lectures, proceedings of seminars and workshops, newsletter and pedagogical materials).
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.