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Geneva International Academic Network

GIAN
Geneva International Academic Network GIAN-RUIG Rue de Varembé 9-11 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: 
(+41 22) 733 26 92
Fax: 
(+41 22) 734 87 66
Contact: 
Randall Harbour, Email: harbour@ruig-gian.org
Description
The GIAN is an international research network founded by the University of Geneva, the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) and the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED). Various international organizations, notably the United Nations Office in Geneva and the International Committee of the Red Cross, also contributed significantly to the establishment of the network. The GIAN benefits from the collaborative and financial support of the Swiss Confederation and the Republic and Canton of Geneva.

The GIAN’s main objective is to create synergies among academic institutions and international organizations to further the role of Geneva and Switzerland in the service of peace and justice. A specific focus of the network is on promoting “action-oriented” research and training activities.

Organization: 
Academic institutions
Established: 
1999
Staff: 
5
Chief/Director: 
President of the GIAN Foundation Board: Jean-Marie Dufour, Executive Secretary: Randall Harbour
Activities: 
The GIAN provides financial support for research projects undertaken by teams composed of representatives of academic institutions, international organizations and NGOs. The GIAN currently offers funding of up to SFr 50,000 in the framework of its 'Small Grants' programme.

Projects in the realm of sustainable development and the environment that have received GIAN funding cover areas as diverse as: the links between technology transfer, trade and the environment; climate change and mountain hydrology; wildlife trade policies; the environmental impacts of consumption; environmental diplomacy; the conservation of marine turtles; and the effectiveness of participatory approaches in protected areas.

Cooperation: 
with academic institutions, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector.
Publications: 
See the website for information concerning projects supported by the GIAN.
Keywords: 
biosafety
chemicals
conservation
desertification
disasters
education
freshwater
mountains
poverty
protected areas
reconstruction
technology
trade & environment
wildlife