IDS releases its Annual Review 2017

Published on 19 September 2017

The Institute of Development Studies has published its Annual Review 2017 – with a focus on its unique approach to development through ‘engaged excellence’.

Introducing the Annual Review, IDS Director Melisa Leach said:

“This past year has seen rapid and unexpected change in the global political, economic and social landscape, with challenges associated with Brexit, the Trump administration, the closing of civil society space, and populist scepticism about expertise in a so-called ‘posttruth’ era. As we navigate current threats and opportunities, this Annual Review provides a valuable moment for reflection. Our unique ‘engaged excellence’ approach – and its emphasis on robust evidence, cocreating knowledge with others, delivering real impact, and working in partnerships – has never seemed so vital. I’m therefore pleased at the growing traction this approach is gaining both within IDS and externally, in relationships with new and existing partners, funders and students.”

Highlights of IDS work over the past 12 months includes:

  • New insights and analysis on how the global challenge of inequality can be addressed
  • Collaboration with African revenue authorities that has resulted in more equitable and efficient taxation
  • Developing a new research method ‘Green Growth Diagnostics’ to help solve Africa’s energy deficit
  • Shaping high-level debates on innovation and the Sustainable Development Goals.

 The Annual Review offers readers the opportunity to:

  • Get an overview of our values, strategic goals and approach which includes our distinctive commitment to ‘engaged excellence’ across all that we do.
  • Discover how we are strengthening our strategic partnerships in research and mutual learning, and supporting the next generation of development leaders.
  • Read about our key areas of focus and how we are contributing to transformations that reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build inclusive and secure societies.

Read the IDS Annual Review 2017: Development through Engaged Excellence (PDF)

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