About IDS Knowledge Services
IDS Knowledge Services aim to ensure that research knowledge makes a greater contribution to poverty reduction in the global South through the delivery and development of knowledge-sharing products, services, networks and organisations.
We use the term knowledge mobilisation to describe the process of making research relevant and more widely used in development policy and practice, by repurposing it and sharing it via appropriate media and networks.
IDS Knowledge Services are delivererd by the Knowledge Services department and the Global Projects team in the British Library for Develpment Studies (BLDS) and a number of international partners. We have established and are responsible for developing and maintaining widely recognised and used research information services such as Eldis and BRIDGE.
We have worked in the knowledge for development sector for nearly 20 years, and have developed a considerable expertise in this area. We have established a range of partnerships with knowledge intermediary organisations in the South, including libraries, research institutions and civil society organisations. We work to build and share capacity with these organisations which themselves create and share innovative knowledge products and services.
We focus not simply on production and delivery of products and services, but are concerned with processes leading to behaviour change. We seek to have influence at the individual, institutional and sectoral levels to ensure that policy and practise isinformed by high quality evidence based research. We develop our work with partners with afocus on outcomes, results and value for money. We also have a strong focus on equity, diversity and gender mainstreaming.