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 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.