Hinari (Research in Health), AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment) and ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) are the four Research4Life programmes that provide developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.


Launched in 2002, Hinari Access to Research in Health programme is managed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with Yale University Library and up to 170 publishers. More than 6,000 public institutions in over 115 eligible countries have already registered to Hinari, which provides access to up to 14,000 journals (in 30 different languages), up to 53,000 e-books, and up to 105 other information resources. The journals can be searched through a special version of PubMed (Medline), and other article indexes.

“Hinari is very essential for this institution to meet the demands of the academic staff and with the dwindling of funds for journal subscriptions. We have seen Hinari transform institutions like ours.” Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, Nigeria

Launched in 2003, AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with Cornell University and up to 65 publishers. Over 3,000 institutions have registered for access to AGORA which provides access to up to 6,500 journals, up to 22,000 e-books, and up to 35 other information resources. covering agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, veterinary science and related biological, environmental and social sciences in public institutions across the world.

“Thank you very much for accepting our registration to use the online AGORA journals. I believe that this is the bridge that will give our scientists the chance to update their research.” Institute of Marine Environment and Resources, Viet Nam

Launched in 2006, OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment) is managed by theUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with Yale University and up to 60 publishers. OARE provides to more than 2,900 institutions access to up to 10,000  journals, up to 21,000 e-books, and up to 55 other information resources in a wide range of disciplines contributing to our understanding of the natural environment, including environmental toxicology and pollution, zoology, botany, ecology, environmental chemistry, geology, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, geography, environmental economics, environmental law and policy, conservation policy and planning, environmental biotechnology, environmental engineering, energy, and many other disciplines. More than 2,900 institutions are now registered for access to these journals which can be searched through a number of abstracting and indexing databases.


“OARE will play a key contribution to our knowledge of the natural environment…[and] stimulate better resource management geared to empower our efforts to fight poverty and create human livelihood.” Minister of Environment in Sudan of Environment in Sudan


Launched in 2009, ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) is coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization together with its partners in the publishing industry with the aim to promote the integration of developing and least developed countries into the global knowledge economy, allowing them to more fully realize their creative and innovative potential. By improving access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology, the ARDI programme is designed to reinforce the knowledge infrastructure in developing and least developed countries and to support researchers in these countries in creating and developing new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level. ARDI provides access to up to 8,000  journals and up to 20,000 e-books.