The Agency for Relief and Development
(ARD) consists of a professional network of relief and development researchers, agencies, and practitioners and a resource center composed of multi-sectoral materials contributed by network members. The Network includes specialists, local agencies, and field workers in over sixty countries. The resource center relies on materials contributed by Network members and serves as an information exchange between international research and development organizations and local planners.
It also provides the core of a distance learning program that helps local agencies around the world expand their knowledge and capacity in addressing the wide array of issues they confront.  Many resources are now available online. Core subjects are indexed in a database, cross-referenced by subject, region and source to assist in comparative research for project assessment. Topics include:
  • Disaster Management
  • Refugee Relief/ Health Care
  • Nutrition 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Water and Sanitation 
  • Waste Disposal/Recycling 
  • Low-Cost Housing 
  • Urban Development 
  • Transport 
  • Infrastructure Development 
  • Mine Action
  • Integrated Rural Development 
  • Irrigation 
  • Extension Services 
  • Pastoral Development 
  • Resource and Heritage Conservation
  • GIS Mapping
  • Income-generation/ Micro-enterprise 
  • Social enterprise
  • Functional literacy
  • Exports and Trade 
  • Rapid Assessments 
  • Participatory Research Methodology 
  • Evaluation Techniques