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Developing World Initiatives

SAGE Publishing is pleased to offer access to hundreds of our research journals to institutions in developing countries for free or at a greatly reduced price. In recent years we have sought and established partnerships with a growing number of important global initiatives to ensure that students, researchers and policy makers in the poorest nations have access to the latest leading peer-reviewed research in science, medicine and the social sciences.

Marketing Case Study: Library Value in the Developing World


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Research4Life programs (Hinari, AGORA, OARE, and ARDI) are a key source of scientific research information in the areas of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences for lower income countries.

Research4Life is a unique, cooperative public-private partnerships (PPPs) between UN agencies, STM publishers, university libraries, philanthropic foundations and technology partners.


The Hinari programme, set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) together with major publishers, enables low and middle income countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Up to 15000 journal titles, and up to 47000 eBooks are now available to 5,700 health institutions in 107 countries, areas and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improve world health.



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The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of  5900 journal titles and up to 21,000 eBooks to over 3000 institutions in 108 countries. AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty and researchers in agriculture and life sciences in the developing world.


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Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science research. Over 1,300 peer reviewed titles owned and published by over 340 prestigious publishing houses and scholarly societies are now available in more than 108 low income countries.



The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim to increase the availability of scientific and technical information in developing countries. By improving access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology, the ARDI program seeks to:

  • reinforce the capacity of developing countries to participate in the global knowledge economy; and
  • support researchers in developing countries in creating and developing new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level.

Currently, 12 publishers provide access to over 200 journals for 107 developing countries through the ARDI program.


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INASP works to strengthen research systems in developing and emerging countries to enable global communication, knowledge and networks. Their programmes focus on creating strong partnerships, building local capacity, bringing together different partners involved in the production and use of knowledge for national development and influencing those who have the power to make change happen, both locally and internationally. INASP’s goal is to put research and knowledge at the heart of development by supporting individuals and institutions to produce, share and use research and knowledge which can transform lives.

The Journal Donation Project

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The Faculty of the New School University in New York launched The Journal Donation Project in 1990. The principal objective of the Project is to assist in rebuilding major research and teaching libraries in countries that have fallen victim to political or economic deprivation through the provision of current subscriptions and back volume sets of English language scholarly, professional and current events journals.

The eIFL Foundation

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The eIFL Foundation supports the wide availability of electronic resources for library users in developing countries by helping to negotiate the creation of library consortia across multiple countries. SAGE currently has deals with Palestinian Territories, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ghana and Kenya through this program.