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.
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
Making All Voices Count: supporting innovations for social change13 May 13 IDS is delighted to announce that, together with HIVOS and Ushahidi, we will be managing the Making All Voices Count fund. More details
IDS’ Richard Jolly joins Justine Greening to discuss international development beyond 201508 May 13 IDS’ Richard Jolly joined Secretary of State, Justine Greening and Liberian Ambassador, Wesley Johnson at parliamentary meeting looking at what follows the MDGs More details
Former IDS student Salim Mvurya Mgala elected as County Governor in Kenyan elections22 Mar 13 IDS alumni Salim Mvurya Mgala has been announced as the winner of the election for County Governor of Kwale, in southern Kenya, after receiving fifty eight per cent of the votes on 4 March. More details
IDS graduate organises One Billion Rising demo in Delhi22 Feb 13 An IDS graduate helped bring thousands of people onto the streets of Delhi to campaign against sexual violence More details
US educational broadcasting service offers Lawrence Haddad’s insights into under-nutrition in India22 Feb 13 In an audio recording which is offered across the USA as a learning resource for twelve to eighteen year olds, Lawrence Haddad, director of IDS provides an expert overview into why India has failed to see a decrease in under-nutrition despite the country’s economic growth. 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