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Research4life programmes

Research4Life is the collective name for the four programmes (HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI). It provides developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the WHO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, United Nations Environment Programme, World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell and Yale Universities and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM). Working together with technology partner Microsoft, the partnership’s goal is to help attain six of the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, reducing the scientific knowledge gap between developed and developing countries.



HINARI access logoHINARI Access to Research in Health programme enables developing countries to gain online access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature resources, either free of charge or with affordable subscriptions.



Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) programme, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of more than 3000 journals to institutions in 106 countries. AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty and researchers in agriculture and life sciences in the developing world.



OARE research in the environment logoOnline Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), set up by the United Nations Environment Programme together with Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of environmental science research. Over 4150 peer-reviewed titles published by over 350 prestigious publishing houses and scholarly societies covering all topics related to environmental research are available in more than 100 low-income countries.


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Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) programme is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim of increasing the availability of scientific and technical information in developing countries. By improving access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology, the ARDI programme seeks to reinforce the capacity of developing countries to participate in the global knowledge economy and to support researchers in developing countries in creating and developing new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level.


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Millennium Development Goals

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

United Nations Environment Programme

World Intellectual Property Organization

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Data and statistics

The total number of publications produced by the Regional Office in 2016 was 146.

Arabic (33)

English (91)

French (22)

The total number of journals that have been indexed in the Index Medicus for the Eastern Mediterranean Region is 648.