IDS publishes in-house many freely downloadable Working Papers, Research Reports, Practice Papers, Policy Briefings and Rapid Response Briefings, covering all development themes from our Research Teams.
Working with our publishers, Wiley, IDS also publishes six issues of our flagship journal, the IDS Bulletin, each year. Individually-themed issues bring together the latest thinking and research from programmes and events and present them in an accessible way for the wide range of audiences working in development.
Through our online bookshop books written by IDS Researchers for external publishers are available for purchase.
Assessing Impact in Dynamic and Complex Environments: Systemic Action Research and Participatory Systemic Inquiry
This CDI Practice Paper is about the uses of Systemic Action Research (SAR) and Participatory Systemic Inquiry (PSI) for impact assessment (Burns 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013; Wadsworth 2001, 2010). More details
Indian Development Cooperation: the State of the Debate
India’s recent development cooperation activities with the South have provoked global curiosity. Two factors shape this interest. More details
A Review of Strategic Foresight in International Development
The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the published and grey literatures relating to the use of foresight-type approaches and techniques in policy-related work in international development. More details
Using Foresight to Cope with Uncertainty
In an increasingly uncertain world where resources are limited, foresight thinking and approaches provide a critical way for governments and communities to understand and plan for the future. More details
Senior International Associate Report (Ambuj Sagar): Meeting Multiple Energy Challenges: Lessons from India
The Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme includes a provision for drawing on the experience of senior policymakers and policy advisers. This ‘Senior International Associates’ scheme is an effective way of injecting policy experience from the Rising Powers directly into the work of the RPID. More details
Business and International Development: Is Systemic Change Part of the Business Approach?
Systems thinking has started to appear within the discourse around 'business and development', as governments, donors and NGOs are increasingly seeking to leverage private initiatives to have broad impacts on development goals. More details
Policy Options to Enhance Markets for Nutrient-Dense Foods in Tanzania
There is an urgent need to reduce alarming rates of undernutrition in Tanzania. This report analyses options for policies and interventions to improve the functioning of markets that deliver nutrient-dense foods. More details
Ensuring that Food Fortification will Reach the Poor in Tanzania
Tanzania has introduced a mandatory food fortification programme to tackle the country’s high rates of undernutrition. Experience from other countries shows that fortification can add vital micronutrients into commonly eaten foods at a low cost. More details
Rising Powers in International Development: the State of the Debate in South Africa
South Africa occupies an interesting position in the international development debate. On the one hand, as Africa’s most developed, diversified and, until recently, largest economy representing close to one-third of sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), it is an active player in numerous global governance and development fora. More details
Key Challenges of Security Provision Rapidly Urbanising Contexts: Offender and Police Experiences from Kathmandu Valley and Terai Regions of Nepal
Rapidly urbanising Nepal and youth unemployment present challenges to security provision. More details