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The IDS Bulletin – transforming development knowledge for a new decade

The IDS Bulletin is the flagship journal from the Institute of Development Studies , 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...

15 January 2020


Support for staff and students at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Staff at the Institute of Development Studies have expressed their solidarity with staff and students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India, following recent violence there. They are greatly concerned by the unprecedented violence unleashed by masked groups targeting students and staff...

8 January 2020


Participate in the 2020 Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

In November 2020, IDS, and over 2,000 fellow members and partners from over 140 countries will meet in Dubai for the biennial Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (#HSR2020). The Symposium is co-sponsored by Health Systems Global (HSG) – the international membership society for...

7 January 2020


Global Development: A review of 2019 and a glimpse into 2020

It has been another busy year for IDS and our project partners, and an important year for international development.   At a time when the world is grappling with a series of dramatic social and political shifts, our work continues to bring important new evidence, insights and engagement to...

19 December 2019


IDS is looking for a Chair of the Board of Trustees

The Institute of Development Studies is seeking to appoint a Chair of the Board of Trustees to take up the role following the Board’s meeting in July 2020. This would entail chairing the Board at its next scheduled meeting in December 2020. The role requires an exceptional candidate with...

17 December 2019

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Democratising economic power

As the world’s economic elites gather in Davos, I am reflecting on a blog I wrote last year in reaction to the 2019 World Economic Forum focus on “Globalisation 4.0”. Entitled ‘Putting the spotlight on “participation” in economic alternatives’, the blog questioned the Davos model...

20 January 2020


UK-Africa investment must not overlook African entrepreneurs

On 20 January, the UK-Africa Investment Summit takes place in London. According to DFID, the focus is on “investment opportunities”, “lasting partnerships”, “jobs, growth and sustainability”.  A forthcoming paper I have been working on with colleagues from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya,...

17 January 2020


Life for women living on an Ebola border

On the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda, separated only by the River Lhubhiriha, people share cultural, social, political and economic activities. Their lives flow across the border, for example, Congolese women constitute the highest proportion of women who give birth...

Grace Akello

16 January 2020