IDS Bulletin

The IDS Bulletin is the flagship journal from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), bringing together the latest thinking and research from 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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This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 49.2, 'Accountability for Health Equity: Galvanising
a Movement for Universal Health Coverage'.

Accountability for Health Equity: Galvanising a Movement for Universal Health Coverage

IDS Bulletin 49.2 (2018)

This issue of the IDS Bulletin is based around three principal themes that emerged from the workshop as needing particular attention. First, the nature of accountability politics ‘in time’ and the cyclical aspects of efforts towards accountability for health equity. Second, the contested politics of ‘naming’ and measuring accountability, and the intersecting dimensions of marginalisation and exclusion that are missing from current debates. Third, the shifting nature of power in global health and new configurations of health actors, social contracts, and the role of technology. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 49.1A, 'Inclusive Peace and Security'.

Inclusive Peace and Security

IDS Bulletin 49.1A (2018)

This IDS Bulletin Archive Collection reviews four decades of analysis and research on peace, security, and development, drawing on articles published in previous issues of the Bulletin throughout this timeframe. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 49.1, 'Value Chains for Nutrition in South Asia:
Who Delivers, How, and to Whom?'

Value Chains for Nutrition in South Asia: Who Delivers, How, and to Whom?

IDS Bulletin 49.1 (2018)

There is currently much talk of the private sector role in nutrition, and whether the state can ‘shape’ the market to deliver better nutritional outcomes. This issue of the IDS Bulletin presents research findings in this area, developed by the consortium of research partners under the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) programme. More details


This is the cover to the IDS Bulletin, 'Green Power for Africa: Overcoming the Main Constraints'.

Green Power for Africa: Overcoming the Main Constraints

IDS Bulletin 48.5-6 (2017)

Inadequate power supply in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) means that only 37 per cent of sub-Saharan Africans have access to electricity. Those with access are prone to experience problems with regular power outages. In many sub- SSA countries, electricity access rates are decreasing because electrification efforts are slower than population growth. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 481A, 'Has Universal Development Come of Age?'.

Has Universal Development Come of Age?

IDS Bulletin 48.1A (2017)

This IDS Bulletin reviews research previously published in IDS Bulletins and other, selected research on universal development, with examples of practice, and looks ahead to suggest how ideas could be applied generally to make development studies and practice more universal. More details


This is the front cover of IDS Bulletin 48.4, 'Courting Catastrophe?
Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate'.

Courting Catastrophe? Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate

IDS Bulletin 48.4 (2017)

Humanitarian crises appear dramatic, overwhelming and sudden, with aid required immediately to save lives. Whereas climate change is about changing hazard patterns and crises are in reality rarely unexpected, with academic researchers and humanitarian and development organisations warning about possible risks for months before they take place. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 483, 'Africa’s Youth Employment
Challenge: New Perspectives'.

Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: New Perspectives

IDS Bulletin 48.3 (2017)

Who are the youth and what is the problem? Are entrepreneurship and self-employment the solution? And what about youth aspirations? Such questions are addressed in this issue of the IDS Bulletin, drawing from the literature on how development research affects policy and noting that it says little about how young researchers move into policy engagement. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 483, 'Africa’s Youth Employment
Challenge: New Perspectives'.

Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: New Perspectives

IDS Bulletin 48.3 (2017)

Who are the youth and what is the problem? Are entrepreneurship and self-employment the solution? And what about youth aspirations? Such questions are addressed in this issue of the IDS Bulletin, drawing from the literature on how development research affects policy and noting that it says little about how young researchers move into policy engagement. More details


This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 48.2, 'Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa'.

Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa

IDS Bulletin 48.2 (2017)

What are the smaller stories hidden within the larger trends on governance in Africa, and to what extent has decentralisation affected change in these areas? What are the factors that keep local government reforms from achieving more complete outcomes? More details


This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 481, 'Sex Education in the Digital Era'.

Sex Education in the Digital Era

IDS Bulletin 48.1 (2017)

Exploring sex and sexual relationships is an important part of adolescence, and therefore sex education should have a central role in adolescent emotional development as well as dealing with crucial public-health issues. More details


This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 47.6, 'Engaged Excellence'.

Engaged Excellence

IDS Bulletin 47.6 (2016)

Who defines what good quality research is? How, why and who should we co-construct knowledge with? What counts as impact? How do we build enduring partnerships? The articles in this IDS Bulletin aim to answer these questions based on IDS’ approach of ‘engaged excellence’. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 472A, 'States, Markets and Society –
New Relationships for a New Development Era'.

States, Markets and Society – New Relationships for a New Development Era

IDS Bulletin 47.2A (2016)

‘How does change happen?’ and ‘How should change happen and how can it be enabled?’ are key questions analysed in this IDS Bulletin, drawing on the Institute of Development Studies’ reflections on States, Markets and Society as a theme of its 50th Anniversary year. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 475, 'Power, Poverty and Inequality'.

Power, Poverty and Inequality

IDS Bulletin 47.5 (2016)

Ten years on from the landmark 2006 edition of the IDS Bulletin that brought us the ‘powercube’ – a practical approach to power analysis that offered a way of confronting its complexity – we return to the question of how to analyse and act on power in development. More details


IDS publications on international development research

Intersectionality: A Key for Men to Break Out of the Patriarchal Prison?

Reflecting on male gender activists’ lessons from India, this article explores how intersectionality can help men (and women) better understand the structure of patriarchy, by connecting it to other forms of oppression, based on class, caste and age. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 474, 'Foresight in International Development'.

Foresight in International Development

IDS Bulletin 47.4 (2016)

This issue of the IDS Bulletin focuses on the role of foresight in policy-oriented international development research and seeks to draw attention to the opportunities and challenges associated with the wide range of foresight approaches and methods that help individuals and groups to think about and prepare for different possible futures. More details


This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 47.3, 'Ruptures and Ripple Effects in the
Middle East and Beyond'.

Ruptures and Ripple Effects in the Middle East and Beyond

IDS Bulletin 47.3 (2016)

Perhaps more than any other region or any other period of post-Cold War history, the Middle East since the Arab Spring constitutes a significant challenge to established ideas about development and its relationship with conflict. More details


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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


This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 47 1A, 'Connecting Perspectives on Women’s Empowerment'.

Connecting Perspectives on Women’s Empowerment

IDS Bulletin 47.1A (2016)

This IDS Bulletin makes a timely contribution to our understanding of how ideas around empowerment have evolved and how we can move forward to expand women’s opportunities and choices and realise women’s empowerment in a meaningful way. More details


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


IDS publications on international development research

Introduction: Opening Governance – Change, Continuity and Conceptual Ambiguity

IDS Bulletin 47.1 (2016)

Open government and open data are new areas of research, advocacy and activism that have entered the governance field alongside the more established areas of transparency and accountability. More details


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