Why learn at IDS

We are expert in a wide range of themes and geographies

Established in 1966 as Britain’s first international training Institute, we have extensive experience in facilitating high quality executive education and learning programmes that cover a vast range of concepts, issues, themes and geographies.

Core themes

Our specialist short courses and longer-term facilitated learning programmes have provided individuals and organisations with vital knowledge and skills in areas such as :

  • social protection
  • digital development
  • impact evaluation
  • development cooperation
  • governance and accountability
  • policy influencing
  • gender and development
  • participatory methods
  • tax and development
  • trade policy
  • global development
  • sustainable development

Diverse geographies and perspectives

All our learning activities are informed by cutting-edge research from IDS faculty and our extensive network of 370 partner organisations worldwide. Our learning facilitators are all active researchers and knowledge professionals and aim to enhance the learning experience by sharing their applied knowledge and experiences of working in development, or ‘the field’. They bring unique expertise in designing and facilitating interactive and supportive learning environments which are shaped by participants’ needs and designed to promote mutual learning and exchange.

This illustration shows a map of the world with the countries with which IDS has a partnership coloured red.
Map of the world showing countries (in red) that IDS has partnerships in.

We strive to transform the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable societies by ensuring development solutions consider multiple and diverse perspectives from around the globe.

In the past year, our specialist short courses alone attracted participants from more than forty countries. This diverse cohort of learners enriched opportunities for mutual peer exchange and learning that crossed geographic and disciplinary boundaries.