Legal Status of GDN
After becoming independent from the World Bank, GDN became a non-profit organization in May 2001. Since then, the Secretariat made efforts to persuade governments to sign and ratify the GDN charter to obtain status as an international organization.
Due to ratification of the Agreement Establishing the Global Development Network by three countries (India in 2005, Sri Lanka in 2006, and Columbia in 2008), GDN became an International Organization on February 25th, 2008.
GDN receives funding from the World Bank, International Development Research Center (IDRC, Canada), Department for International Development (United Kingdom), Australian Agency for International Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.
GDN has a Board of Directors consisting of 19 members that develop and direct the policies of GDN. Professor Kaoru Hayashi of Bunkyo University, GDN-Japan Adviser serves as GDN-Japan's representative to the Board.
The headquarters of GDN's Secretariat is based in New Delhi, India. The secretariat, previously located in Washington D.C. was moved to its current location in 2005, reflecting its commitment to its core constituency- researchers of developing countries.
After 3 years as president of GDN, Mr.Gerardo della Paolera handed over the presidency to Dr. Pierre Jacquet in July 2012. Dr. Jacquet had done outstanding work as Chief Economist at French Development Agency (AFD) from 2002.