The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) is a forum for information, networking, dialogue and cooperation on management development. EFMD's network includes some 300 diverse member organizations in more than 40 countries, including: leading business schools and executive development centres; management development and training consultancies; public sector training agencies and consultancies specializing in public sector management; training schools and departments of chambers of commerce and employer's associations; companies, particularly their human resource concerns. Networking and partnerships between all members are facilitated through annual conferences, research conferences, working groups and occasional meetings, typically around specific themes. EFMD collects information concerning management development issues, publishes a quarterly Journal, special reports and guides, and offers subscription and call-in services. On occasion, EFMD joins other international associations in initiatives on issues of key importance to management development. As of 1994, EFMD's International Programmes Unit (IPU) is coordinating the following projects on behalf of the European Commission: The China-Europe Management Institute (CEMI) - a cooperative project between the EU and the Chinese Government; The Euro-CIS Management Development Project - a major project in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) involving a range of EFMD member schools; The Euro-India Cooperation and Exchange Programme (EICEP) - a project between Indian and European management institutions; The Algerian Cooperation Programme.
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.