Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International


Wallingford, EnglandFounded in 2001Trust Project news partner since

SciDev.Net is an independent online news organization that covers science in developing countries, emphasizing the voices and views of affected communities.

SciDev.Net provides news, opinion and analysis. It is owned by CAB International, a nonprofit intergovernmental organization focused on agriculture. SciDev.Net originated from a project set up by the news staff at the journal Nature, with financial assistance from the Wellcome Trust and the U.K. Department for International Development. SciDev.Net is editorially independent from CABI. A network of journalists produce content for SciDev.Net. The organization has six editions: Global, Sub-Saharan Africa English, Sub-Saharan Africa French, Latin America & Caribbean, Asia & Pacific, and the Middle East & North Africa.

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Best Practices Policies

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SciDev.Net's mission is to use independent journalism to help individuals and organizations apply science to decision-making in order to drive equitable, sustainable development and poverty reduction. 

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SciDev.Net adheres to the International Federation of Journalists’ Code of Principles. Its journalists' first obligation to the public is above everything else. Under the principles, journalists have a responsibility to, at all times, defend the principles of freedom in the honest collection and publication of news and the right of fair comment and criticism. They shall only report facts they know the origin of and shall not suppress essential information. Content is overseen by an independent editorial advisory committee whose role is to ensure editorial independence. 

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Ownership & Funding

SciDev.Net's funding comes from international aid agencies, grant-making trusts and corporate and individual contributions. Core funding comes from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Project funding is from the Rockefeller Foundation, Bosch Foundation, Sao Paulo Research Foundation; Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research; and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. SciDev.Net also receives financial support for individual projects from aid agencies, foundations and other partners such as the Carnegie Foundation. SciDev.Net is also a recipient of a Google Grant award.

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Diverse Voices

SciDev.Net's primary objective is to highlight science and technology in the global South. SciDev.Net has contributors in around 80 countries globally and seeks out regional researchers and get comments from people on the ground, especially those whose lives are affected by scientific developments. The news organization also strives to have a balance between male and female voices in articles.

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SciDev.net's policy is to correct errors. All requests for correction and complaints will be considered and appropriate action will be taken at the editor’s discretion. Complainants will be informed of any decision. Where a significant correction is involved, a note will be added to the end of the piece, explaining what change has been made and the reasons for it. 

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Unnamed Sources

SciDev.Net journalists attribute quotes and paraphrased comments to their proper sources. The organization also respects the need of some sources to remain anonymous to protect their safety or safeguard their jobs, and says it will never divulge the identity of its sources without their consent. The news organization also allows journalists to write without a byline if their association with an article would put them in danger. 

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Our Funders

Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, was our original funder, through the Trustworthy Journalism Initiative of Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Google followed with their financial support. Our funders also have included Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Facebook. Funders. Trust Project policies and the Trust Indicators are shaped and enforced independently from our funding sources.

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