IDS Researchers produce a huge range of material – including journal articles, research and evidence reports, policy and rapid response briefings, and working papers – often co-publishing with partner organisations.
As part of IDS’ commitment to making knowledge available and relevant to those who can use it to bring about positive change, the majority of IDS publications and co-publications are freely available to download. In addition, IDS Fellows contribute regularly to the flagship IDS journal, the open access IDS Bulletin and to many other development-related journals.
Note too that books written by IDS Researchers are available for purchase through our online bookshop.
Informality and Inclusive Growth in Sub-Saharan AfricaIDS Working Paper 470 (2016)
Despite relatively high growth rates, improvements in poverty and inequality have been constrained in many developing countries over the last decade, suggesting that economic growth has not been inclusive. In part, this relates to low levels of participation in the formal economy as well as high incidence of informality and unemployment in these countries. More details
Informality and Inclusive Growth in Latin America: The Case of ColombiaIDS Working Paper 469 (2016)
The purpose of this research is to understand the impact of informality on inclusive growth in Latin America, and particularly in Colombia. The relationship between informality and inclusive growth is represented by two different hypotheses. More details
Mixed-Method Impact Evaluation of a Mobile Phone Application for Nutrition Monitoring in IndonesiaIDS Evidence Report 200 (2016)
Child malnutrition (includes both under- and overweight) remains a challenge. Routine growth monitoring is a common practice. More details
Inclusion, Ethics and Evaluation: Panel DiscussionIDS Evidence Report 199 (2016)
This panel discussion is supported by the Institute of Development Studies' Department for International Development Accountable Grant, with a view to continue a dialogue around the use and application of ethics in impact evaluation. More details
Reframing Development in a Dynamic Global EraIDS Development Frames 001 (2016)
Half a decade on from IDS' founding, the words of renowned economist and first IDS Director Dudley Seers from his IDS Communication ‘The Meaning of Development’ still ring true. Every era's ‘international development’ community should grapple with its definitions. Today, we face interconnected challenges which look set to intensify into the future. More details
‘Girls Don’t Become Craftsmen’: Determinants and Experiences of Child Labour in Gemstone Polishing in JaipurThe Journal of Development Studies (2016)
This journal article explores the determinants and valuations of children’s work and schooling choices drawing on primary mixed-methods research in the gemstone polishing industry of Jaipur, India. More details
A sweet deal? Sugarcane, water and agricultural transformation in Sub-Saharan AfricaGlobal Environmental Change 39 (2016)
Globally, the area of sugarcane is rising rapidly in response to growing demands for bioethanol and increased sugar demand for human consumption. Despite considerable diversity in production systems and contexts, sugarcane is a particularly “high impact” crop with significant positive and negative environmental and socio-economic impacts. More details
Making the ‘Evolutionary Leap’: Using Open Knowledge Approaches to Improve Development OutcomesIDS Practice Paper InBrief 25 (2016)
The starting point of the Open Knowledge Hub project was our belief that the adoption of so-called ‘Open Knowledge’ approaches had the potential to improve the impact of research evidence on development outcomes and address inequalities in the visibility, accessibility and uptake of diverse knowledge about development. More details
The Violent Politics of Informal Work, and How Young People Navigate Them: A Conceptual FrameworkIDS Evidence Report 198 (2016)
This report explores the linkages between young people’s economic engagement and their social and political engagement in contexts of violence in Africa. More details