We believe passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and evidence are crucial to achieving the transformative changes that will bring about more equal, sustainable and safe societies where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice.

This belief is based on the real contribution that IDS’ work over the last fifty years, with partners, has made towards improving the lives and wellbeing of people across the globe. We have done this in a number of ways:

  1. By contributing to changes in policy and practice.
  2. By helping to shift attitudes and behaviours around issues.
  3. By helping to build the capacity of academics, practitioners and policy makers to generate, access and apply research and knowledge.
  4. By developing and strengthening the networks which are critical to research and knowledge being shared and mobilised and ultimately making a positive difference.

Responding to crises

Our ability to rapidly mobilise decades of existing knowledge and convene networks of experts in response to the Ebola outbreak helped save thousands of lives across West Africa by improving the targeting of humanitarian efforts and inform national governments, charities and communities on how they can be better prepared for future pandemics.

Contributing to long-term development

IDS’ research has also helped contribute to long-term development in countries such as Bangladesh. Bangladesh is seen as an example of progressive, pro-poor and country-driven development, which well-connected research and policy networks have assisted in achieving. For example, through a long-standing partnership with BRAC, IDS helped shape ground breaking development programmes including BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor Programme which as of 2015 had helped 75,000 people graduate out of extreme poverty.

Development through Engaged Excellence

At IDS we work towards realising this type of impact through our distinctive engaged excellence approach which means working in partnership with governments, NGOs, academics, community groups and citizens to construct, mobilise and operationalise knowledge, and to facilitate teaching and mutual learning for development.

Together with our global network of partners, IDS is helping to address some of the world’s most pressing development challenges including disease such as ebola, hunger and undernutrition and violent conflict, as well as nurturing a new generation of global leaders through our teaching and learning programmes.