Publications

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.


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This is the front cover to IDS Working Paper 467, 'Inequality, Distributive Beliefs and Protests: A Recent Story from Latin America'.

Inequality, Distributive Beliefs and Protests: A Recent Story from Latin America

IDS Working Paper 467 (2016)

This paper analyses the role of perceptions of inequality and distributive beliefs in motivating people to engage in protests. The paper focuses on the case of Latin America, where an interesting paradox has been observed: despite considerable reductions in inequality, most countries in Latin America have experienced increases in protests and civil unrest in the last decade. In order to understand More details


This is the front cover image to IDS Bulletin 47.2.

Development Studies – Past, Present and Future

IDS Bulletin 47.2 (2016)

At 50 years old, the Institute of Development Studies is ‘looking back, in order to look forward so too this IDS Bulletin aims to trace the history of certain topics in development studies by bringing together two generations of scholars – Research Fellows and students – to provide insight to our rich past and promising future. More details


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Cost and Returns of Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparison of Kenya and Ghana

IDS Evidence Report 190 (2016)

The allocation of finance for the provision of green electricity in sub-Saharan Africa should be informed by two questions. Which generation technologies are financially viable? And which generation technologies are affordable? More details


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Edible Insects and the Future of Food

IDS Policy Briefing 114 (2016)

Some experts think that edible insects could be a good option for sustainable protein production and consumption, and one of the keys to global food security in a world of nine billion people or more. More details


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Reflections from a Realist Evaluation in Progress: Scaling Ladders and Stitching Theory

CDI Practice Paper 18 (2016)

Realist evaluation provides valuable insights into how and why programmes lead to change, and can generate transferable lessons to help practitioners roll out or scale up an intervention. However, as yet there are few standards and guidelines governing what counts as a ‘good’ realist evaluation. More details


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The BRICS in International Development: The New Landscape

IDS Evidence Report 189 (2016)

This Evidence Report provides a summary account of the role of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in shaping the current global development landscape. More details


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What Can the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Learn from Other Development Banks?

IDS Policy Briefing 113 (2016)

Global development has reached a critical turning point. In addition to achieving middle-income status, several recipient countries are now also becoming donors and lenders to other developing countries. China in particular has rapidly expanded its development finance programme and launched new multilateral initiatives. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Working Paper 466, 'Is Fiscal Decentralisation Delivering on its Promises? A Review of the Theory and Practice in Developing Countries'.

Is Fiscal Decentralisation Delivering on its Promises? A Review of the Theory and Practice in Developing Countries

IDS Working Paper 466 (2016)

Fiscal decentralisation has become a widespread phenomenon in developing countries and it has attracted increasing attention in the past few decades. The supporters of decentralisation argue that it can bring about positive outcomes, whether economic or political in nature. For example, since local governments are closer to citizens, they can be expected to be more responsive to their needs. More details


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Beyond Borders: The End of the Mano River War(s)?

IDS Evidence Report 188 (2016)

The Mano River sub-region, which includes Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire, has experienced decades of violent upheavals and political instability. This notably includes civil wars in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire. More details


IDS publications on international development research

Report of the ORIE research dissemination and stakeholder engagement event, March 2016

On 1st and 2nd March 2016, over 150 stakeholders met in Abuja to discuss how to tackle undernutrition in Northern Nigeria, including staff from State and Federal Government, international development partners, civil society organisations and academic institutions. This report summarises the research presented, key issues discussed, and commitments made during the meeting. More details


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