- "We seek to eliminate all forms of slavery through research leading to:
ASI makes it a priority to work with people discriminated against because of
caste, gender or ethnic origin, who are vulnerable to exploitation"
raising awareness in the countries where abuses occur as well as at
the international level, urging people to take action to end the abuse;
lobbying governments and international organisations to take
public campaigning to obtain support for our aims;
supporting victims of slavery and locally-based organisations working
against slavery in their own countries.
Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)
- "established in 1992, is an international, non-governmental human rights organization committed to ensuring the full enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights) for everyone, everywhere, with a particular focus on the human right to adequate housing and preventing forced evictions"
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
- "an autonomous body established by the European Community to assist the formulation of future policy. Through its research and information, the Foundation provides the Community with a scientific basis against which to develop medium and long term policy for the improvement of social and work-related matters. It also offers interested parties an impartial reference and a forum for discussion on these subjects"
The GAIA Project
- studying environmental, social, economic, and health conditions in a
selection of so-called developing and so-called developed countries utilizing
all means of electronic communication; it sounds interesting at the moment,
but that may change in the course of time
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
- provides comprehensive statistics and information on living conditions of
Native Americans in the circumpolar region
Institute for Social Science Research (UCLA)
- rich resources on different aspects of living conditions including an
extensive data archive with major data sets for the USA and European
Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development
- "an organization of practitioners, scholars and students in the human services. It was started in the 1970's by a group of social work educators to respond to pressing human concerns from an international, interdisciplinary perspective. The organization seeks to develop conceptual frameworks and effective intervention strategies geared to influencing local, national and international systems. It is committed to creating peaceful solutions to the problems of survival at the local, national and global levels. IUCISD members use a social development approach to:
Promote world peace and social justice
Fight economic and political oppression
Improve access to adequate health care and education
Overcome discrimination against women and minorities
Create sustainable income and economic structures
Living Standards Measurement Study of the World Bank - "household surveys have become an important tool in measuring and understanding poverty in developing countries. The Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) of the World Bank, formerly the Policy Research Department, maintains this website to make available to researchers around the world the data sets and methodological lessons from these surveys"
Luxembourg Income Study
- "a cooperative research project with a
membership that includes 25 countries on four continents: Europe, America, Asia
and Oceania. The LIS project began in 1983 under the joint sponsorship of the
government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Centre for Population,
Poverty and Policy Studies (CEPS) and is located at the CEPS/INSTEAD Institute in
Differdange in Luxembourg. The project is mainly funded by the national science
and social science research foundations of its member countries"
introduction into the fascinating potential of medical geopgraphy in the context of public health
Michigan Initiative on Inequalities in Health
- "to promote inquiry into the causes and consequence of societal inequalities in health and potential remedies, via an interdisciplinary program of discussion, research, and teaching" - the site offers access to excellent documents
NORBALT Living Conditions Project
NORBALT is a regional research project, comprising the three Baltic states
(Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), as well as the city of St. Petersburg and the
Kaliningrad enclave in Russia. The thematic scope and the organisational
set-up of the project have been determined in cooperation with local
authorities. Five parallel living conditions surveys have been conducted based
on interviews with approximately 16,000 households, covering key dimensions
such as housing, employment, education, health, economic resources, migration
and political attitudes.
Progressive Health Net
- "a website devoted to issues of economic equality and health care. We deal with issues of social
inequalities in health status in the United States and elsewhere in the world, and are a resource for those
interested in working on these issues. This site is sponsored by The Spirit of 1848 a caucus of the American Public Health Association"
Quality of Life Project (University of Toronto, Canada)
- this is an exciting resource because this project demonstrates the validity of qualitative research and social action in the context of community organization and public health. The Research Unit is headed by Professor Dennis Raphael, and he's done a marvellous job to enrich our understanding of community organization in the context of health
- "Our civilization is dying from "system" problems; problems such as the population explosion,
natural resource depletion, and war. Problems which have no technical solutions. Moreover,
our system problems have no current political solutions. If there is any hope at all, it is that people will come to understand the key systems in their world and then find the courage to make the hard decisions necessary for survival. We must find political means to abandon the competitive, consumptive social system -- or we shall perish" - this is an extremely rich resource, highly recommended
Social development web-site
- a meta-site on social development and social welfare, providing international resources
- general statistics and surveys, politics, living conditions and time use.
ULF - The Swedish Survey of Living Conditions
- very intesting data though some sections are only available in Swedish
Turku Health Profile (Finland)
- provides interesting data on living conditions and their impact on
Urban Issues - a web-site by the European Commission on initiatives "on urban issues and information on urban regeneration programmes co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund"
Urban Quality Indicators (USA) - a quarterly newsletter providing relevant resources from the USA and elsewhere
WHO-EURO: The social determinants of health: the solid facts
- an excellent booklet offered in PDF mode for downloading - you need Adobe Acrobat Reader