Eldis programme closes after 28 years

28th November 2017

The Eldis programme, which first started in 1996, will close in June 2024.

The mission of Eldis was to provide free online access to global research about international development, with a particular focus, in more recent years, on increasing the visibility of research from smaller research producers.

With support from Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Swiss and UK governments Eldis has worked directly with over seventy global research organisations, mostly in Asia and Africa.

Back in 1996 the internet itself was still relatively new – research organisations still didn’t have websites or even internet access, Google wouldn't emerge for another couple of years, concepts like social media didn't exist and technologies like smart phones were still more than a decade away. So Eldis was considered highly innovative in its support for free online access to global research about international development.

Supporting the visibility and use of research evidence through technical and editorial innovation stayed very much at the heart of the Eldis mission as it continued to evolve in a rapidly changing online (and offline) world.

Eldis has been a long-term advocate of Open Access publishing and the idea that research knowledge should be considered as a global public good. This commitment led us to focus on making research content available under open licenses and working with partners to develop capacity and standards to support data sharing. As the programme closes we are staying true to this commitment, making the tens of thousands of research summaries we have produced available for others to repackage and reuse.

For three decades the Eldis website occupied a significant position as a leading provider of knowledge for the development sector - providing a much valued and highly trusted service sharing diverse research evidence for policy and practice. Its legacy will be its contribution to a stronger knowledge sector, a more level playing field for smaller research organisations to publish and generate engagement with their research, and a widespread commitment to Open Access among research funders and producers.

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