Programmes

Hinari (Research for Health), AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment), ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) and GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) are the five Research4Life programmes that provide developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.


Launched in 2002, the Hinari Research for Health programme is managed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with Yale University Library and a group of international publishers. Public institutions in eligible countries have access to thousands of journals  (in a wide array of different languages), e-books, and other information resources. The journals can be searched through a special version of PubMed (Medline) and through other article indexes.

Further information is available at www.who.int/hinari.

“Hinari is very essential for this institution to meet the demands of the academic staff and with the dwindling of funds for journal subscriptions. We have seen Hinari transform institutions like ours.” Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, Nigeria

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Launched in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with Cornell University and up to 60 publishers. AGORA provides access to thousands of journals, e-books, and other information resources covering agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, veterinary science and related biological, environmental and social sciences in public institutions across the world.

Further information is available at www.fao.org/agora.

“Thank you very much for accepting our registration to use the online AGORA journals. I believe that this is the bridge that will give our scientists the chance to update their research.” Institute of Marine Environment and Resources, Vietnam

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Launched in 2006, OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment) is managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with Yale University and a group of international publishers. OARE provides access to thousands of journals, e-books, and other information resources in a wide range of disciplines contributing to our understanding of the natural environment, including environmental toxicology and pollution, zoology, botany, ecology, environmental chemistry, geology, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, geography, environmental economics, environmental law and policy, conservation policy and planning, environmental biotechnology, environmental engineering, energy, and many others.

Further information is available at www.unep.org/oare/en.

“OARE will play a key contribution to our knowledge of the natural environment…[and] stimulate better resource management geared to empower our efforts to fight poverty and create human livelihood.” Minister of Environment in Sudan

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Launched in 2009, ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim to promote the integration of developing and least developed countries into the global knowledge economy, allowing them to more fully realize their creative and innovative potential. By improving access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology, the ARDI programme is designed to reinforce the knowledge infrastructure in developing and least developed countries and to support researchers in these countries in creating and developing new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level.

Further information is available at www.wipo.int/ardi.


The new programme managed by the International Labour Organization (ILO)  providing free or low-cost online access to legal research and training in the developing world. GOALI is a public-private partnership of ILO as a UN agency, together with Brill Nijhoff, the International Training Centre of the ILO and academic partners Cornell Law School Library and the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School.  Users can access thousands of peer-reviewed journals and e-books in selected subject areas of law from the world’s leading academic publishers.

Further information is available at www.ilo.org/goali.