IDS Research Reports

Final reports of major research projects carried out at IDS. Policy conclusions are backed up by detailed analysis, data, methodology and references. This is an occasional series.

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This is the front cover to IDS Research Report 83, 'Green Investment Diagnostics for Africa: What are the Binding Constraints to Investment in Renewables in Kenya and
Ghana?'

Green Investment Diagnostics for Africa: What are the Binding Constraints to Investment in Renewables in Kenya and Ghana?

IDS Research Report 83 (2017)

The vast potential of renewable energy is failing to be realised in many African countries, in spite of the many pledges made by donors and international financiers. More details


This is the front cover to IDS Research Report 82, 'Young People and Agriculture in Africa: A Review of Research Evidence and EU Documentation'.

Young People and Agriculture in Africa: A Review of Research Evidence and EU Documentation

IDS 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


This is the cover to IDS Research Report 81, 'Patterns of Engagement with Youth Savings Groups: in Four African Countries'.

Patterns of Engagement with Youth Savings Groups in Four African Countries

IDS Research Report 81 (2016)

This report details findings of research undertaken under the Banking on Change Academic Partnership, which was established in 2014 between the Banking on Change (BoC) programme (a partnership of Plan UK, CARE International UK and Barclays Bank) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). More details


This is the front cover to IDS Research Report 80.

Social Protection and Safety Nets in the Middle East and North Africa

IDS Research Report 80 (2016)

Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region face a number of challenges, including ongoing civil unrest with associated displacement of people and disruption of services, stagnant economic growth and high unemployment, food insecurity and rising malnutrition, exacerbated by import dependence and natural disasters. More details


This is the cover for IDS Research Report 79, 'Being a Born-free. Violence, Youth and Agency in Zimbabwe'.

Being a Born-free. Violence, Youth and Agency in Zimbabwe

IDS Research Report 79 (2014)

This research report presents the findings of case study research with youth in six locations in Zimbabwe, carried out within the Power, Violence, Citizenship and Agency (PVCA) programme. More details


This is the cover to IDS Research Report 78, '‘It May Approach as Quickly as a Bushfire': Gendered Violence and Insecurity in South Sudan'.

'It May Approach as Quickly as a Bushfire': Gendered Violence and Insecurity in South Sudan

IDS Research Report 78 (2014)

This research report presents the findings of case study research in Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan, carried out within the Power, Violence, Citizenship and Agency (PVCA) programme. More details


This is the image for IDS Research Report 77, 'Security Management in Northern Mali:
Criminal Networks and Conflict Resolution
Mechanisms'.

Security Management in Northern Mali: Criminal Networks and Conflict Resolution Mechanisms

IDS Research Report 77 (2012)

The three principle and intertwining security threats in the North of Mali are trafficking (drugs, arms, cigarettes, cars, etc.), rebellious uprisings and terrorist activity. More details


This is the image for IDS Research Report 76, 'Who Drives Economic Reform in Vietnam’s Provinces?'.

Who Drives Economic Reform in Vietnam’s Provinces?

IDS Research Report 76 (2012)

Vietnam keeps surprising the world with the speed and depth of its economic transformation. This research report suggests that the decentralisation of certain economic powers from central to provincial government has contributed to this success. More details


This is the image for IDS Research Report 75, 'A Village-Up View of Sierra Leone’s Civil War and Reconstruction: Multilayered and Networked Governance'.

A Village-Up View of Sierra Leone’s Civil War and Reconstruction: Multilayered and Networked Governance

IDS Research Report 75 (2012)

Sierra Leone not only has a direct relationship with its citizens as individuals but also a mediated one through the rural governance systems that pre-dated colonialism and often have greater legitimacy than the central state itself. More details


This is the image for 'Insecurity and Local Governance in Congo’s South Kivu'.

Insecurity and Local Governance in Congo’s South Kivu

IDS Research Report 74 (2012)

South Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced recurrent wars for more than 15 years. This Research Report explores the way local systems of governance and networking in South Kivu have been affected by the civil war and the ways in which local communities have tried to cope with chaos and the absence of the state. More details


This is the image for IDS Research Report 73, 'Shifts in Innovation Power to Brazil and India: Insights from the Auto and Software Industries'.

Shifts in Innovation Power to Brazil and India: Insights from the Auto and Software Industries

IDS Research Report 73 (2012)

The global innovation map is changing. Until a few years ago innovation activities were concentrated in the US, Europe and Japan. Not anymore. The rising powers of China, India and Brazil are encroaching on the innovation stronghold of the old powers. This report explores how deep the change goes and how we can explain it. More details


This is the image for IDS Research Report 71, 'Mapping Police Services in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Institutional Interactions at Central, Provincial and Local Levels'.

Mapping Police Services in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Institutional Interactions at Central, Provincial and Local Levels

IDS Research Report 71 (2012)

This paper examines the roles, responsibilities and interactions between the various formal and informal institutions and stakeholders involved in the management of police services in the DRC. More details


This is the image for IDS Research Report 70, 'Becoming and Remaining a ‘Force for Good’: Reforming the Police in Post-conflict Sierra Leone'.

Becoming and Remaining a 'Force for Good': Reforming the Police in Post-conflict Sierra Leone

IDS Research Report 70 (2011)

The Sierra Leone Police Force has its origins in the British colonial administration of the country. After Independence and with the consolidation of one-party rule the force slid into disrepute. More details


Lessons from Social Protection: Programme Implementation in Kenya, Zambia and Mongolia

Lessons from Social Protection: Programme Implementation in Kenya, Zambia and Mongolia

IDS Research Report 69 (2011)

Responding to poverty and vulnerability is a dynamic and constantly evolving area of work. Development agencies often possess extraordinary presence, knowledge and expertise of addressing poverty and vulnerability at the field level. More details


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The Tobin Tax: A Review of the Evidence

IDS Research Report 68 (2011)

The debate about the Tobin tax, and other financial transaction taxes (FTTs), gives rise to strong views both for and against. Unfortunately, little of the popular debate refers to the now considerable body of evidence about the impact of such taxes. More details


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The African Standby Force: External Support to an 'African Solution to African Problems'?

IDS Research Report 67 (2011)

External support is essential to the development of the African Standby Force (ASF), an African-led mechanism for crisis management and peace consolidation in Africa. More details


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Aid for AIDS: How do Community Groups and Other Stakeholders negotiate the New Financial Architecture in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia?

IDS Research Report 66 (2011)

In the past decade global health resources for AIDS have increased dramatically. What have these investments meant to responses of communities affected by HIV and AIDS? More details


This is the cover of The Politics and Policy of Aid in Spain

The Politics and Policy of Aid in Spain

IDS Research Report 65 (2011)

Spanish aid policy is changing: official development assistance (ODA) doubled between 2004 and 2008 reaching almost €5 billion annually (ODA/GDP 0.45 percent). More details


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Security Systems in Francophone Africa

IDS Research Report 64 (2010)

This research report is a broad-based study that seeks to understand the structural and developmental processes that characterise the security sector in Francophone Africa. More details


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Value Chains, Donor Interventions and Poverty Reduction: A Review of Donor Practice

IDS Research Report 63 (2010)

Value chain interventions are increasingly popular amongst donors aiming to promote market-oriented growth and poverty reduction. More details


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