The Institute of Development Studies is committed to research that makes a difference to the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people. We exist to bring new analysis to global development issues that preoccupy practitioners and policymakers today, and will preoccupy them tomorrow.

We believe in assessing our own impact as an institute. We have established a number of indicators around this and systematically collect narratives on how our research, teaching, knowledge-brokering and communications work support the IDS Strategy.

Through building new relationships, linking different perspectives and persuading
people who make decisions about development to understand the right options for the people whose lives they will impact, we are contributing to real change.

Celebrating success

Our research, teaching and research communication is continually producing reverberations both within and far beyond the development community. In this space we share examples of how our work is making a difference and the recognition we have received from others. We hope these stories help demonstrate how IDS and our partners are helping to improve people's lives through cutting edge research, teaching and knowledge services.

Latest news items on IDS Impact

Purent Oduor, Mathare, Nairobi, Spatial Collective 2013

Participate's landmark exhibition 'Work With Us' makes it to the United Nations

05 Mar 2014 Participate Initiative hosts Work With Us exhibition inside the UN headquarters in New York,in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations and supported by Irish Aid. More details

Film still from Pathways RPC Real World Film, 30% Women and Politics in Sierra Leone.

IDS short film is shown at London Feminist Film Festival while being viewed over 1000 times an hour on Vimeo

12 Dec 2013 ‘30%: Women and politics in Sierra Leone’, a short film produced by Pathways to Women’s Empowerment was shown at the London Feminist Film Festival and selected as a staff choice on Vimeo. More details

Institute of Development Studies news and analysis

IDS Research Fellows Melissa Leach and Lyla Mehta are chosen to lead UN gender report

22 Nov 2013 IDS research fellows are selected to lead UN World Women Survey More details

Parliament in DRC

IDS contributes to International Parliamentary Conference on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

18 Nov 2013 Representatives from IDS-based Participate Initiative and STEPS Centre to join international parliamentarians to discuss development post-2015. More details

"IDS is one of the great leaders in development studies, in development practice and in development policy. Anybody in this line of work, like myself and thousands of people around the world, look to IDS."

Prof. Jeffery Sachs, Director of Earth Institute
and Special Advisor to UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon