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.
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
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
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
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
The past two decades have seen an enormous increase in academic and policy attention to, and engagement with, governance at the sub-national and local levels. Yet, our understanding of the conditions that enable local governments to deliver services to citizens, reduce poverty, be inclusive and responsive, bridge cleavages in divided post-conflict societies or represent citizen interests to higher levels of authority remains limited. More details
Research Methods and Visualisation Tools for Online LGBT Communities
Field research among geographically dispersed communities is time-consuming and costly. When people are stigmatised, field research has additional ethical and logistical problems. In many countries lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (people are both geographically dispersed and stigmatised. Online research methods and tools are therefore particularly interesting instruments for researchers. More details
Tackling Urban Violence in Mumbai and Cape Town through Citizen Engagement and Community Action
Urban violence is an urgent and growing problem in many cities across the world. It comes in a multitude of forms such as gender-based violence, gangs and drug-related violence, police violence, religious riots, vigilante groups, and others. More details
The Russian Federation’s International Development Assistance Programme: A State of the Debate Report
Russia is unique among emerging donors for being a ‘re-emerging’ donor: the Soviet Union was one of the largest donor countries in the world, and Russia’s period as an aid recipient was relatively brief. Russian development cooperation is driven by key security and economic priorities, as well as resulting from commitments made to multilateral organisations. More details
Maharashtra’s Child Stunting Declines: What is Driving Them? Findings of a Multidisciplinary Analysis
Between 2006 and 2012, Maharashtra’s stunting rate among children under two years of age was reported to decline by 15 percentage points – one of the fastest declines in stunting seen anywhere at any time. More details