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

Launch of Towards Human Development

Towards Human Development, a book recognising the achievements of Richard Jolly, launched at IDS

11 Jul 2014 A new edited collection reflecting on the work of IDS Research Associate Richard Jolly was launched at IDS this week, with speakers including editors Giovanni Andrea Cornia and Francis Steward, economist Raphael Kaplinsky and IDS Director Melissa Leach. More details

Photo of Jonathan Kydd, IDS Chair of the Board

IDS welcomes Jonathan Kydd as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees

10 Jul 2014 Jonathan Kydd, agricultural economist and experienced academic leader, has been appointed as the new chair of the IDS Board of Trustees. He will take up the role at the beginning of August, replacing Richard Manning who announced his retirement earlier this year. More details

Focus Session on role of non-state actors at the GPEDC HLM in Mexico, IDS Rising Powers in International Development programme, Business and Development Centre and other global partners.

IDS and partners host focus session at First High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

30 Apr 2014 IDS Rising Powers, the Business and Development Centre and global partners from Brazil, China and India hosted a focus session at the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), and contributed to the Communiqué's Annex of Voluntary Initiatives More details

Institute of Development Studies news and analysis

IDS research partner to head Chilean internal revenue service

19 Mar 2014 Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet has appointed tax expert and researcher from IDS-based International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), Michel Jorratt, as the Director of the country's internal revenue service. More details

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