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Social Science Library:
Frontier Thinking in Sustainable Development and Human Well-Being

International Partner Organizations

More about the SSL Project:

The organizations listed below are working with GDAE to distribute the SSL in the specified countries. We are still looking for partner organizations in about 80 countries. Click here if you think your organization can help distribute the SSL.

Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan) (AKF (P)) is a branch of the Aga Khan Foundation (headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland), which is a private, international development agency, committed to supporting disadvantaged communities irrespective of race, gender, religious affiliation or political persuasion.  As part of the Aga Khan Development Network, AKF (P) promotes effective change in social sector development in Pakistan.  Through its projects, AKF (P) addresses issues in health care, education, rural development and institutional strengthening of civil society organizations.  AKF (P) is the Social Science Library’s outreach and distribution agent in Pakistan.

American Center for Oriental Research (ACOR) is a private, non-profit academic institution in Amman, Jordan dedicated to promoting research and publication in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, languages, biblical studies, Arabic, Islamic studies and other aspects of Middle Eastern studies. Since its founding in 1968, ACOR has been a place where Jordanians, Americans and others work to increase understanding of our common past. ACOR provides advice, coordination, equipment, research facilities and living and meeting space for scholars in an environment that is both academically exciting and socially congenial.

American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (Sri Lanka)

American University of Beirut is a teaching-centered research university offering more than 120 programs. The University encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and women committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership. The university is our SSL partner for Lebanon.

Balkans Investigative Reporting Network (Macedonia)

Beautiful Feet International (Nigeria)

Books for Asia is a project of the Asia Foundation that has sent over 45 million books, software programs, and other education material to a wide range of learning institutions since 1954. Books for Asia collects donations of brand-new textbooks across a wide range of in-demand subject areas, specializing in English-language materials but also providing local language books when available. Their donations help enhance English-language skills, sharpen vocational and research skills, build knowledge in the business, legal, and science professions, and infuse children with an early love of reading that is critical to literacy. Books for Asia is assisting with SSL distribution in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Books for Zim is a small nonprofit organization based in Connecticut that collects and distributes textbooks and other educational materials for distribution to schools in Zimababwe. Books for Zim is distributing the SSL in Zimbabwe in conjunction with the University of Zimbabwe.

BRAC University, a leading private university in Bangladesh, based in Dhaka, provides outstanding academic and research services.  Its parent organization, BRAC, is involved in significant development and humanitarian work throughout the developing world.  BRAC University is the Social Science Library’s outreach and distribution agent in Bangladesh.

Ford Foundation, established in 1936, is an independent global organization committed to social change and the belief that all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. They now receive up to 40,000 grants annually, providing 1,400 grants to organizations in the United States, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Through their actions they hope to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society.

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University (Malawi and Uganda)

Fund for Armenia (Armenia)

Global Peace Aid seeks to promote peace and dialogues, guided by the best principles and practices of conflict resolution, and to create communities where the basic needs of human beings can be met; building peace and facilitating prevention and settlement of conflicts, one conflict at a time. Founded in 2009, Global Peace Aid hopes to focus and address the underlying causes of conflicts. They believe that conflicts cannot be resolved unless the underlying causes of conflict are addressed, such as poverty and lack of education.

The Global University of Islamic Finance (run by Bank Negara Malaysia)

Guinean Embassy to the United States is our SSL partner for Guinea.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (Nepal)

International Rice Research Institute (Philippines)

Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia)

Sabre Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, MA, donates new books, CD-ROMs and other educational resources to libraries and educational institutions worldwide. Sabre’s book programs are unique in that they are demand-driven and the materials sent are of the highest quality. Since 1986 Sabre has shipped nearly $300 million worth of new books and other educational materials to more than 80 countries. Sabre’s work demonstrates the power of libraries and the critical role of education in general, not only for countries emerging from devastating circumstances, but also for countries critically in need of development. Sabre Foundation is the Social Science Library’s initial outreach and distribution agent in Indonesia and the Philippines, and the Foundation also has near-term plans to distribute materials in Cameroon, Kenya and Ukraine.

Scholars without Borders (SwB) is a not-for-loss organization based in New Delhi, India that makes Indian scholarship available to a global audience. On their website and blogs they focus on academic books and other scholarly material (journals, eBooks, documentaries, reports, audio and text CDs, etc.) produced in India. Advised by a group of academics associated with the Jawaharlal Nehru University, SwB is the Social Science Library's outreach and distribution agent for India.

University of Central Asia, (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan) founded in 2000, the University of Central Asia is a private university registered with the United Nations. UCA’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while at the same time helping the different peoples of the region to preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future. UCA seeks to contribute leadership, ideas, and innovations to the transitioning economies and communities of the region through modern educational and vigorous research programs that produce knowledgeable, skilled and creative graduates.

University of the Nouvelle Grand'Anse, located near Jeremie, Haiti, currently includes programs in agriculture and administration management. The university is our SSL partner for Haiti.

University of the South Pacific (Cook Islands, Figi, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanautu)

Yale Himalaya Initiative (Nepal, Bhutan)


Other organizations that have supplied valuable time and effort to the SSL include:

Winrock International is an international nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources.  In the Fall of 2008, Winrock implemented a pilot distribution of the SSL CDs in Ghana and Nigeria.  This has increased our understanding of the need for SSL, as well as technical and other issues in its use. is an NGO that supports and advocates for the wide availability of electronic resources for library users in developing and transitional countries.  Members of library consortia have provided helpful feedback on preliminary editions of the SSL.

International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), is an international organization of science and academic publishers. STM members publish more than 80% of the global annual output of research articles in the sciences.  STM introduced the SSL project to their members, and helped us secure reprint permissions from several major publishers.



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