Annual review

In Kuttanad in Kerala, India, a man is standing on a boat holding a green hose and is filling drinking water into water tanks to transport them by boat to different locations in the region. He is wearing a red shirt and shorts and there is a river behind him. A bride croses the river on the left of the photo.
Photo: Demathlal PM Ⓒ

It has been a year marked by conflict, climate change and Covid-intersecting crises that intensify and entrench longer-term vulnerabilities.

As we highlight in the IDS 2021-22 Annual Review, these uncertain times demand that development research be done differently, with new approaches to learning and knowledge exchange that engage policy actors and diverse communities. Our work in the past year has centred on navigating uncertainties and crises, and despite the ongoing effects of Covid-19 and the challenge of major cuts to UK Government aid funding, IDS has made exciting progress. Read the 2021–22 Annual Review to find out more.

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Deepak Nayyar, IDS Board Chair, said:

“Our impressive progress despite all the challenges, reflected in an incredibly productive year, is a source of pride. Existing partnerships and new research collaborations have helped us to address some of the world’s most pressing global challenges.”

IDS Director Melissa Leach said:

“This Annual Review shows how IDS is at the forefront of new approaches to research, learning and knowledge exchange which are making a real difference: upholding climate and environmental justice, reducing inequalities, fostering healthy lives and building more inclusive societies. Our work is helping to re-cast development for the new challenges we face.”

Highlights of IDS work over the past 12 months include:

Why are social sciences so important?

Deepak Nayyar, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Melissa Leach, IDS Director in conversation about the importance of social sciences for more equitable and sustainable global development.

Download the IDS Annual Review 2022