IDS Bulletin

The IDS Bulletin is the flagship journal from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), bringing together the latest thinking and research form IDS and its partners and presenting this in an accessible way for development practitioners, policymakers and researchers.

Since 1968 it has covered the major themes and influenced debates within international development. The journal is published six times a year, and each thematic issue is edited by IDS Research Fellow(s), drawing on contributions from within IDS and its global network of partners and collaborators within the sphere of development research, policy and practice. 

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The IDS Bulletin now has its own dedicated website where you can access the latest issues for free. Also throughout 2016, the IDS Bulletin's entire back catalogue, going back almost half a century, will also be digitised and available online, giving you access to an unprecedented wealth of academic research.

The latest issue (and our first to be launched as a gold open access journal) is Opening Governance (Vol 47.1) and is edited by Duncan Edwards and Rosie McGee.

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This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 47.1, 'Opening Governance'.

Opening Governance

IDS Bulletin 47.1 (2016)

This Bulletin hopes to rescue the transformative potential of the project of opening up governance relationships and processes to instil fairer power dynamics among and between citizens and their states. More details


This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 46.6, 'Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility'.

Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility

IDS Bulletin 46.6 (2015)

Between 2007 and 2012 global food price volatility affected millions of people on low and precarious incomes. As food has been increasingly commodified and people on low incomes have struggled to pay for life’s necessities, they have responded by changing their ways of making a living, residences, diets, family relationships and ways of caring for one another. More details


This is the front coverr to IDS Bulletin 46.5, 'What is the Unique Contribution of Volunteering to International Development?'

What is the Unique Contribution of Volunteering to International Development?

IDS Bulletin 46.5 (2015)

This IDS Bulletin is entirely based on the global action-research project Valuing Volunteering, commissioned by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), a UK-based international volunteer cooperation organisation, and conducted by researchers at IDS in partnership with VSO. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 46.4, 'Beijing+20: Where Now for Gender Equality?.

Beijing+20: Where Now for Gender Equality?

IDS Bulletin 46.4 (2015)

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), celebrated by feminist activists as a triumph for women's rights, is 20 years old. The world that it once described has changed profoundly in some respects, and yet in others remains surprisingly similar. This IDS Bulletin reflects on those changes and continuities, tracing the trajectories of the Beijing conference in different policy arenas, national settings and domains of practice. More details


This is the cover to the IDS Virtual Bulletin, 'Past, Present and Future Financing for Development'.

Past, Present and Future Financing for Development

IDS Virtual Bulletin 6 (2015)

2015 is a watershed year for international development with the world set to agree a set of Sustainable Development Goals and a new climate change agreement that will apply to all countries. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin Vol 46.3, 'Business, State and Society: Changing Perspectives, Roles and Approaches in Development'.

Business, State and Society: Changing Perspectives, Roles and Approaches

IDS Bulletin 46.3 (2015)

The debate on the role of business and markets in development has a long history, marked by divergent and strongly held perspectives, but also shifts in dominant thinking about what is feasible and desirable. While only two decades ago debates were about the state vs the market, there is currently broad consensus that both are essential. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 46.2, 'Graduating from Social Protection?'.

Graduating from Social Protection?

IDS Bulletin 46.2 (2015)

To most people, graduation means leaving a school or university after completing a programme of study, once the learner has acquired a set of skills that is expected to equip them for a higher-income future livelihood. More details


This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 46.1, 'Towards Systemic Approaches to Evaluation and Impact'.

Towards Systemic Approaches to Evaluation and Impact

IDS Bulletin 46.1 (2015)

This IDS Bulletin explores new frontiers in international development evaluation, making a useful contribution to an ongoing debate about how to assess effects and effectiveness without ignoring the complexity of the contemporary development landscape. More details


This is the cover for IDS Bulletin 45.6, 'Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development'.

Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development

IDS Bulletin 45.6 (2014)

This IDS Bulletin presents a 'rallying cry' for impact evaluation to rise to the challenges of a post-MDG/post-2015 world. It is the first of two issues that follow a workshop entitled 'Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future', held at IDS in March 2013. More details


This is the image for IDS Virtual Bulletin 5, 'Challenging Patriarchy: Unsettling Men and Masculinities'.

Challenging Patriarchy: Unsettling Men and Masculinities

IDS Virtual Bulletin 5 (2014)

Challenging Patriarchy presents contributions to the evolution of thinking on men and masculinities in Gender and Development, drawing on three IDS Bulletins published over a period of more than a decade. More details


This is the cover for IDS Bulletin 45.5, 'Localising Governance'.

Localising Governance

IDS Bulletin 45.5 (2014)

Drawing on different perspectives, this IDS Bulletin takes a fresh look at how local governance 'really' works and how it could become more accountable, effective and legitimate to support development that favours poor and marginalised people. More details


This is the cover image for the IDS Bulletin, 'China and International Development: Challenges and Opportunities'.

China and International Development: Challenges and Opportunities

IDS Bulletin 45.4 (2014)

In parallel to its domestic economic boom, China has grown increasingly active and influential on the international stage, including in global development. China’s re-emergence on the global stage is both a cause and a symptom of the fundamental sea change now affecting development assistance and policy. More details


This is the image for the IDS Bulletin, 'New Perspectives from PhD Field Research'.

New Perspectives from PhD Field Research

IDS Bulletin 45.2-3 (2014)

This IDS Bulletin offers a platform for IDS PhD researchers to reflect on their fieldwork experiences, including research-related challenges, as well as cultural and personal encounters along the way. More details


This is the image of IDS Bulletin 45.1, 'Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence'.

Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence

IDS Bulletin 45.1 (2014)

It explores the shifting field of men and masculinities and how often conflicted engagements with the feminist project of redressing gender inequalities might be radicalised through a deeper analysis of patriarchy and our relationship to it, as well as by linking it to other struggles for sexual and human rights, or social justice. More details


This is the image for IDS Virtual Bulletin issue 4, Climate Change, Disasters, and Development Post-2015.

Climate Change, Disasters, and Development Post-2015

IDS Virtual Bulletin 4 (2013)

The year 2015 will be pivotal for climate change, disasters, and development. In all three areas, new international frameworks are due to be agreed to guide policy and action. More details


This is the image for IDS Virtual Bulletin 3, 'IDS on MDGs'.

IDS on MDGs

IDS Virtual Bulletin 3 (2013)

This Virtual Bulletin focuses on past articles that inform the debate about the MDGs from an historical perspective. More details


This is the cover of IDS Bulletin Vol 44.5-6, 'Whose Goals Count? Lessons for Setting the Next Development Goals'.

Whose Goals Count? Lessons for Setting the Next Development Goals

IDS Bulletin 44.5-6 (2013)

This IDS Bulletin compiles reflections from various actors on the core elements of the MDGs and also on topics not explicitly covered in them, such as governance, participation and infrastructure. More details


This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 44.4, 'China and Brazil in African Agriculture'

China and Brazil in African Agriculture

IDS Bulletin 44.4 (2013)

This IDS Bulletin examines Brazilian and Chinese agricultural development cooperation in Africa. More details


This is the cover image for IDS Bulletin 44.3, 'Seeing the Unseen: Breaking the Logjam of Undernutrition in Pakistan.

Seeing the Unseen: Breaking the Logjam of Undernutrition in Pakistan

IDS Bulletin 44.3 (2013)

After a lost decade, there is clearly a groundswell of momentum for nutrition in Pakistan, driven by a confluence of policy, evidence and events. This momentum needs to be sustained at the national level, reinforced at the provincial and sub-provincial levels, and converted into action. More details


This is the cover for IDS Bulletin 44.2, 'Real Time Monitoring for the Most Vulnerable'.

Real Time Monitoring for the Most Vulnerable

IDS Bulletin 44.2 (2013)

Developing real time information streams is about new ways of collecting traditional data, and of facilitating the sharing of existing data and knowledge across sectors and institutions. More details


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