Institute of Development Studies

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) delivers world-class research, learning and teaching that transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally.

Through equitable and sustainable partnerships, we work with governments, philanthropic foundations, non-governmental organisations, academics and civil society to transform approaches to progressive social, political and economic change in ways that ultimately make a difference to people’s lives.

We have helped foster innovative new partnerships that have generated millions of dollars in additional tax revenues in Africa that can be reinvested in countries’ national development. We have worked to provide solutions to environmental problems that build on local people’s knowledge and practices. We have highlighted the role of local communities in bringing an end to deadly epidemics like the Ebola virus.  We have nurtured hundreds of exceptional development leaders and champions including political leaders, country Ambassadors and government officials, civil society leaders and entrepreneurs.

Our reputation for research and international outlook is second to none and reflected in our performance in the latest QS World University Rankings where we are ranked first in the world for development studies, together with the University of Sussex. We are also ranked as the number one international development think-tank by the 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

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This latest report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies looks at the conceptualisation of ‘inclusive trade’. This…

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This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies looks at action for empowerment and accountability in challenging…

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By Joanna Howard; Oluwafunmilayo Para-Mallam; Philip Hayab; Plangsat Dayil

This report from UK think tank Institute of Development Studies looks at the effect on religiously marginalised groups from the…

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By Joanna Howard

This report from UK think tank Institute of Development Studies looks at religious minorities living in urban slums in Tamil…

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This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies provides the first systemic comparison of surveillance laws in…

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By A.K.M. Maksud; Khandaker Reaz Hossain; Sayma Sayed; Amit Arulanantham

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Development Studies provides an Emerging Evidence Report.  Children as young as…

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This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies looks at how civic space has changed during the…

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By Tony Roberts

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Development Studies presents findings from ten digital rights landscape country reports.…

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