Summary

The International Network for Development Information Exchange (INDIX) was a coalition of development aid organizations, including bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental agencies. Its activities were coordinated by the Coordinating Unit for INDIX, which was housed at the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada. These activities were directed by a Steering Committee. The INDIX held a general meeting once every two years, during which the members provided future directions for the Coordinating Unit.

Aims and Objectives

“Development and its kindred concern, environment, are going to require on the part of all concerned true professionalism in the new era. True professionalism means serious information, and serious information must be shared information.”

Stephane Hessel Ambassadeur de France from his address to the First General Meeting of the Informal Study Group on Exchange of Development Information, Paris, June 1991

“At a time when funds for international development research and aid to developing countries are becoming increasingly scarce, development aid agencies must find ways to make the most effective use of their resources. Sharing information on their activities is one way in which these agencies can save money and time, by:

  • avoiding duplication of efforts achieved elsewhere, and
  • helping them to find partners with whom they can pool funds and expertise.

The International Network for Development Information Exchange (INDIX) is dedicated to furthering the exchange of information within the development aid community.”

The International Network for Development Information Exchange (INDIX) was a coalition of development aid organizations, including bilateral, mutillateral and non-governmental agencies.

Its activties were coordinated by the Coordinating Unit for INDIX, which is housed at the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada. These activities are overseen by a Steering Committee. INDIX holds a general meeting every two years, during which the members provide future directions for the Coordinating Unit.

Activities of INDIX

  • Developing tools for information sharing: the INDIX-DAI database and the CEFDA format;
  • Funding and coordinating studies which address problems facing the exchange of information sharing;
  • Furthering awareness of information that is available for exchange;
  • Encouraging the participation of non-governmental organizations and developing-country organizations in development information sharing

Tools for information sharing

INDIX-DAI database

  • Information on development activities is collected and published on CD-ROM or made accessible through the Internet, in a database called DAI (for Development Activity Information).
  • The CD-ROM is published every six months and is available from the Coordinating Unit for INDIX for an annual subscription fee of US $500. The online database is available for an annual subscription fee of US $250.
  • The database is free to nonprofitmaking developing-country organizations. Any organization which contributes data to the database will receive a free subscription for one year to the database.

A Brief History of INDIX

INDIX began in 1989 as the Informal Study Group on Exchange of Development Information, a group of representatives of development aid agencies which met informally to discuss the problems involved in information sharing. The name of the group was changed to the International Network for Development Information Exchange (INDIX) at the group’s Second General Meeting in 1993. The INDIX held three General Meetings, in June 1991, October 1993, and September 1995.

The Coordinating Unit for INDIX, under its original name of the Coordinating Unit for the Exchange of Development Activity Information, was established at the recommendation of the First General Meeting of the Informal Study Group on Exchange of Development Information, held in Paris in June 1991. The Informal Study Group changed its name to the International Network for Development Information Exchange (INDIX) at the group’s Second General Meeting in October 1993. This is an informal association of organizations in the development community, formed with the goal of encouraging close cooperation among donor agencies in order to prevent duplication of effort and waste of resources. It is believed that by sharing information about their activities, development agencies can improve the effectiveness of their contributions to economic and social development. The Coordinating Unit was created with the mandate to coordinate a number of specific tasks, including the compilation of a central database of development activity information from contributions by development assistance agencies, and the distribution of this database on a CD-ROM. The Coordinating Unit was located at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada, and was funded through sales of the DAI CD-ROM and organizational commitments in the form of subscriptions.

Sustaining Members of INDIX 1991-1993

Australian International Development Assistance Bureau (AIDAB)
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
Export-Import Bank of Korea
Foster Parents Plan International Inc.
Inter-American Development Bank
International Labour Office (ILO)
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
International Federation of National Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre
OPEC Fund for International Development
Overseas Development Administration (UK)
Rockefeller Foundation
Swedish Agency for Research Co-operation with Developing Countries (SAREC)
U.N. Advisory Committee for Co-ordination of Information Systems (ACCIS)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations University (UNU)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Food Programme (WFP)
World Bank