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A new remote document search tool

Groupe URD’s Resource Centre has more than 8000 books, reports and studies, as well as numerous periodicals, information bulletins and videos related to the association’s areas of investigation and more general subjects for reflection and analysis. These can be consulted at the Resource Centre itself, but it is now also possible to carry out a document search via the Groupe URD website.

 Groupe URD and the Ritimo network

Since 2003, Groupe URD has been a member of the Ritimo network, an information and documentation network for sustainable development and international aid. This network includes more than 90 centres which are open to the public (associations, resource centres, youth information points, libraries, etc.) and which are collectively committed to increasing awareness about international solidarity. Its main form of action is the selection and distribution of critical, pluralist and diversified information, with priority given to the voice of citizens, associations and social movements from all continents.

The documentary resources of all the different members of the network are available in a joint catalogue with the open source software PMB. Since 1988, more than 50 000 printed documents, pedagogical tools and digital documents have been added to the catalogue.

Groupe URD is the Ritimo centre which specialises in humanitarian action and has more than 8000 books, reports and studies as well as numerous periodicals, information bulletins and videos related to the association’s areas of investigation (LRRD, Food Security, Urbanism, Environment, Disaster Risks Reduction, IHL, etc.) as well as more general subjects for reflection and analysis (Geopolitics, Development, Sociology, etc.). Most of these documents concern Africa, Asia, the Near and Middle East and Haiti.

 Consultation of documents online and at Groupe URD headquarters

All this documentation can be consulted at Groupe URD headquarters in Plaisians where our Archivist is available to help with your document searches.

It is also now possible to carry out a document search from Groupe URD’s website: http://www.urd.org/Resource-centre

There are two possible search options: either search only Groupe URD’s documents, or search the documents of the Ritimo network as a whole. It is then possible to borrow documents by contacting Groupe URD’s Archivist.

The resources available are extremely rich and varied and contain a lot of grey literature including field studies, publications by partners in the South, theses and NGO reports.