Discover the five Research4Life programs

Research4Life provides low- and middle-income countries with access to scientific and professional resources through five programs: Hinari (healh), AGORA (agriculture), OARE (environment), ARDI (development and innovation) and GOALI (legal information). All Research4Life users have access to these five programs. On this page you can learn more about the programs and their partners.


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.

“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 information resources covering agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, veterinary science and related biological, environmental and social sciences in public institutions across the world.

“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 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.

“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. ARDI offers access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology.

The program promotes the integration of developing and least developed countries into the global knowledge economy, allowing them to more fully realize their creative and innovative potential. The aim of the program is to reinforce the knowledge infrastructure in low- and middle-income 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.


GOALI is the youngest Research4Life programme, founded in 2018. Managed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), GOALI provides free or low-cost online access to legal research and training in the developing world. Users can access thousands of peer-reviewed journals and e-books in selected subject areas of law from the world’s leading academic publishers.

GOALI is a public-private partnership 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.

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