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 IDS Bulletin and to many other development-related journals. 

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Tax Experiments in Developing Countries: A Critical Review and Reflections on Feasibility

CDI Practice Paper 11 (2015)

This CDI Practice Paper by Giulia Mascagni provides a critical assessment of the literature on tax experiments to date. More details

This is the cover to IDS Rapid Reponse Briefing 9, 'Understanding The Rising Powers' Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals'.

Understanding The Rising Powers' Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 9 (2015)

Rising powers such as Brazil, India and China have been criticised for being obstructive in the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. More details


Where Next for Social Protection?

IDS Evidence Report 124 (2015)

The rapid ascendancy of social protection up the development policy agenda in the past ten to 15 years raises questions about whether its current prominence will be sustained, or whether it will turn out to be just another development fad that declines and ultimately disappears. More details


The Future of Knowledge Sharing in a Digital Age: Exploring Impacts and Policy Implications for Development

IDS Evidence Report 125 (2015)

We live in a Digital Age that gives us instant access to information at greater and greater volumes. The rapid growth of digital content and tools is already changing how we create, consume and distribute knowledge. More details

Report cover for joint IDS-VSO research on the role of volunteers in sustainable development.

The role of volunteering in sustainable development

This report shares findings from the global action research project, Valuing Volunteering which explores how and why volunteering contributes to poverty reduction and sustainable positive change, and the factors which prevent it from doing so. It reveals that volunteers can make a unique contribution towards efforts to end global poverty. More details


Improving Quality: Current Evidence on What Affects the Quality of Commissioned Evaluations

CDI Practice Paper 9 (2015)

With the increase in resources that organisations are dedicating to evaluation the issue of evaluation quality has risen up the agenda and a growing number of commissioners are now looking at how to ensure the studies they commission are of sufficient quality. More details


What Explains the Allocation of Aid and Private Investment for Electrification?

IDS Evidence Report 123 (2015)

This paper aims to inform policy looking to step up investment in the electricity sector of developing countries and align it to other development goals such as universal access to energy or sustainability. More details


Is China’s Role in African Fragile States Exploitative or Developmental?

IDS Policy Briefing 91 (2015)

China’s increasing engagement in Africa has generated heated debates over the extent to which its activities are exploitative or developmental. More details

This is the cover for IDS Working Paper 452, 'Unpaid Care Work in Bangladesh:
Policies, Practice and Evidence'.

Unpaid Care Work in Bangladesh: Policies, Practice and Evidence

IDS Working Paper 452 (2015)

This review examines selected policies and plans of the Government of Bangladesh and available research in Bangladesh in response to the need to address unpaid care work - the work, mainly done by women and girls, of caring for others (often called reproductive work), at the policy level. More details


Does War Empower Women? Evidence from Timor Leste

IDS Evidence Report 121 (2015)

Conflicts may change the material conditions and the incentives individuals face through death, displacement and other consequences of violence. Being a victim of a war can also profoundly change individual beliefs, values and preferences (Bellows and Miguel 2009). More details

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