Researching women's role in the development process
Women's roles and their participation in the development process are researched in order to assist in including women in development.
Using its extensive information capabilities, the UN's International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) researches women and development issues. For example, the Institute is researching women and communication in the mass and alternative media in Argentina, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. It is aimed at comprehending the circumstances of women both as producers and users of mass and alternative media and identifying strategies for promoting a better representation and participation of women in them. Another INSTRAW study examines the major environmental problems affecting women and the actions being taken to solve them, at different levels, in Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, and Tahiti.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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.