Sites for sore eyes
What makes a good website on development? As Editor of OneWorld Online’s Think Tank, I regularly seek out information on development, environmental and social justice issues over the Internet. My experience is that a vast amount of excellent information is available, but getting to it can be a frustrating process. Even so, the Net has real potential to provide the exact information users want, in a rapid and straightforward way.
At the top of my list of good development sites is Euforic – Europe’s Forum on Resources for International Cooperation. Euforic www.oneworld.org/euforic/framed/front.htm is a `one-stop shop` window for EU-based resources on international development cooperation. Here like-minded groups publish and disseminate their information. Euforic contains full-text documents, excellent search facilities within the site and useful topical groupings of information.
I’m also impressed by several sites that focus on water and sanitation, designed to reach users in practice, research and funding. INTERWATER www.oneworld.org/ircwater/iwindex.htm gives access to a wealth of sources of information about water and sanitation in developing countries. GARNETinfo.lut.ac.uk/departments/cv/wedc/garnet/grntover.html is a related site that focuses on applied research, and is designed to reach researchers and research users.