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1) ERIC (Education Resources Information Centre): Eric is free searchable database for the educational articles. It provides unlimited access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials covering 1966 to the present, with partial free full text. URL:


2) World Bank's Open Data Site: The World Bank's Open Data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to World Bank data. The data catalog is a listing of available World Bank datasets, including databases, pre-formatted tables and reports. URL:

3) Asia Regional Integration Center: It is searchable site set up by the Asian Development Bank to provide "an array of regularly updated information about the economic performance and prospects of 16 Asian nations." URL:

4) Asian Development Bank: Online data and different publications on poverty, climate change, and key indicators are available from this multilateral development finance institution. URL: . For key indicators of Asia and the pacific please browse: . Access to Asian Development Bank Institute resources:

5) The UN Data Portals: This portal offering a lot of resources related to country profiles, statistics on agriculture, crime, education, energy, environment, finance, food & agriculture, gender, health, HIV/AIDS, human development, information and communication technology, population, refugees, tourism, trade, and millennium development goals indicators etc. To access the resources please visit

6) Philippine Institute for Development Studies: It contains resourceful information on economics, poverty etc of Philippines. URL:

7) Agriculture Network Information Center: Through AgNIC one can search the world of agriculture or stay up-to-date with the latest agricultural news and events taking place around the world. URL:

8) SAARC Documentation Centre (SDC): SDC acts as an effective information system for the SAARC member states. SDC acts as a repository of documents/reports produced in the region and on the region in scientific, technical, economical, industry-related and developmental matters. URL:

9) This site covers mainly statistical information on sector specific as well as state specific news of India. URL:

10) FAOSTAT: The world's largest and most comprehensive statistical database of FAO on food, agriculture, and hunger. URL:

11) IMF Data & Statistics: It covers time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators. URL:

12) ESCAP Online Databases: The ESCAP online database includes country-level data related to demography, migration, education, health, poverty, gender, employment, economy, government finance, employment, transport, and environment. URL:

13) UNCTAD Statistics: UNCTAD statistics provides information and statistics on Information economy, Population and labor forces, Economics trends etc. URL:

14) UNICEF's childinfo: This website contains UNICEF’s statistical information, including data used in The State of the World’s Children and Progress for Children. URL:

15) Millennium Development Goal Indicators: This site presents the official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for more than 60 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. URL:

16) Population Information Network (POPIN): POPIN strives to make international, regional and national population information, particularly information available from United Nations sources. URL:

17) Population information online (POPLINE): POPLINE contains citations with abstracts to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the field of population, family planning, and related health issues. URL:

18) Accessible Information on Development Activities (AIDA): It provides access to historical and current information on almost 500,000 activities of major international development donors and some civil society organizations and private foundations. URL:

19) RePEc (Research Papers in Economics): It is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 75 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. For explore please visit


20) SARAI: South Asia Resource Access on the Internet is hosted by the Columbia University, and is one of the best sources for finding web based information in South Asian studies. URL:

21) SASNET: Swedish South Asian Studies Network is a national network for research, education, and information about South Asia, based at Lund University. URL:

22) DSAL: Digital South Asia Library is a project of the Center for Research Libraries, and provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, and other users. URL:

23) CIA-The World Fact Book: It provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.     URL:

24) Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh. It provides access to all branches of knowledge concerning Bangladesh. URL:

25) Public Library of Science (PLoS): Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit publisher, membership, and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. URL:

Rural Development/Poverty

1) Rural Poverty Portal: Rural Poverty Portal is a website where rural poor people, policy-makers, donors, research institutes, non-governmental organizations and other development partners can share information about eradicating rural poverty. URL:

2) Knowledge base: The Knowledge Base is home to valuable resources related to ICT in Agriculture and Rural Development. URL:

3) INASP Rural Development Directory: This Directory provides access to a wide range of information on rural development. It contains profiles of more than 450 international, regional and national networks and organisations around the globe,


4) IFAD’s Knowledgebase on Rural Poverty: A useful collection of insight documents, initiatives, reports, case studies and news on a rich selection of topics related to rural poverty.                                URL:

5) Food Security Portal: This portal contains resourceful information on food security.                   URL:

6)  International Food Policy Research Institute: It contains resourceful information on food security, climate change, poverty alleviation etc. For explore please visit. URL:

7) ILO Database on Poverty, Local Development and Decent Works: This Resource Database contains more than 200 tools and resources that directly or indirectly focus on poverty. URL:

8) Rural Finance Learning Centre (RFLC): This site site dedicated to providing access to materials for building capacity in the field of rural finance. URL:

9) Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI): Poverty measurement tool developed by Grameen Foundation for the microfinance industry to foster good practices for measuring the progress of individuals’ movement across poverty lines. URL:

10) Livelihoods Connect: This site contains credible information on the application of livelihoods approaches to development, research, policy and practice. URL:

11) SciDev.Net: This site gives policymakers, researchers, the media and civil society information and a platform to explore how science and technology can reduce poverty, improve health and raise standards of living around the world. URL:


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