There are many research networks in existence but few so grand in design as the Global Development Network (GDN). The Network was designed to allow greater scope for ‘home-grown’ policy, information-sharing and enhanced research capacity in and between developing countries for the co-production of local, regional and global knowledge. One aspect of this is an interactive website and resource bank of policy research papers (http://www.gdnet.org). Another feature of research collaboration and information-sharing are the annual conferences, regular workshops and longer-term ‘global research projects’ of the GDN. By stimulating the supply of both the quantity and quality of policy-relevant research in knowledge organizations such as think tanks, research institutes and universities, the idea is to enable developing and transition societies to build their own research capacity and adapt or synthesize global forms of knowledge to suit local circumstances.