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.
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Building Mutual Learning between the Rising PowersIDS Evidence Report 202 (2016)
This Evidence Report provides a summary account of the Mutual Learning research initiative at the Institute of Development Studies, carried out from 2012 to 2014 as part of the Rising Powers in International Development programme. More details
Young People and Agriculture in Africa: A Review of Research Evidence and EU DocumentationIDS Research Report 82 (2016)
This report presents the results of a desk-based study to assess the available research evidence in relation to African young people’s engagement with agriculture, and to analyse how this evidence is reflected in current European Union (EU) policy and programming in Malawi, Ethiopia and Kenya, three of the 89 countries in which Alliance2015 members work. More details
Civil Society Innovation and Resilience in the Struggle for the Right to Food in IndiaIDS Working Paper 475 (2016)
India’s national network of social justice activists and civil society organisations helped achieve legal recognition for the Right to Food in the early 2000’s and are engaged in an ongoing struggle to implement the right to food in practice. More details
Power, Violence, Citizenship and Agency: A Colombian Case StudyIDS Working Paper 474 (2016)
In a situation of longstanding and complex violent conflict in Buenaventura, Colombia, we used action research to explore with social activists what power, violence, citizenship and agency mean to them and how they experience and exercise citizen agency in relation to the violence. More details
Integrating Informal Institutions in Local Governance: Does it Matter?IDS Working Paper 473 (2016)
In this paper we add to the literature on ‘informally institutionalised’ relationships between states and citizens by examining the case of a particular type of informal institution – Mjesna Zajednica (MZ) – that operates across the countries of the former Yugoslavia. More details
Social Accountability in Big Cities: Strategies and Institutions in Delhi and São PauloIDS Working Paper 471 (2016)
There are signs that public services can improve in big cities when the urban poor hold providers directly accountable – what we now call social accountability. We do not know, however, to what extent the urban poor, through their civil society groups, engage in forms of social accountability nor what strategies they use. More details
From Growth to Green Investment DiagnosticsIDS Working Paper 472 (2016)
The need to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy systems is now broadly accepted, and our understanding of how different policy mechanisms can support this process is growing. More details
The Potential of M-health for Improved Data Use: Workshop ReportIDS Evidence Report 201 (2016)
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS), in partnership with World Vision Indonesia, are exploring whether a recently implemented nutrition surveillance intervention, known as M-health, is being used to improve community-based data collection on nutrition. More details
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
Learning from Sustained Success: How Community-Driven Initiatives to Improve Urban Sanitation Can Meet the ChallengesWorld Development (2016)
Past research has identified four key institutional challenges that community-driven initiatives to improve sanitation in deprived urban settlements face. More details