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Alan Stanley

Digital Knowledge Manager

Alan Stanley has over 20 years’ experience developing and delivering high quality websites, digital content and publications on a broad range of development and environmental issues.

A key theme throughout his work has been promoting open and equitable access to information using digital technologies. He is manager and senior editor of Eldis – one of the leading global portals providing access to research on international development. In addition, he works on a number of different projects at IDS supporting effective knowledge sharing and research uptake. In his work on the Mobilising Knowledge for Development (MK4D) programme, the Global Open Knowledge Hub project and most recently GODAN Action, Alan has worked extensively with a range of partners to develop knowledge mobilisation approaches and online digital services relevant to developing country contexts and appropriate to specific audiences.



Covid Collective Research Platform

The Covid Collective Research Platform will offer a rapid social science research response to inform decision-making on some of the most pressing Covid-19 related development challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic is a global crisis requiring rapid generation of policy-relevant evidence to inform...


Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research

Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research aims to inform policy and programming on how to help poor and vulnerable people cope better with crises and meet their basic needs through more effective social assistance in contexts of recurrent shocks, climate crises, humanitarian crises,...


Impact Story

Evidence-handling skills improve policymaking in Zanzibar

In much of our work, it takes time to discover if we have achieved the impacts hoped for. Just occasionally, that feedback comes more swiftly – as in the case of our capacity-building activities on evidence use in Zanzibar, where the impacts on policymaking appear to be almost immediate. Read...

3 September 2020



Lessons for Open Data for Development Programmes

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Open data programmes – that support the access, distribution, and effective use of data by everyone for free – are a relatively new area in global development. As more initiatives emerge, there is a need for stronger evidence to inform effective design and implementation that can mitigate...

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Louise Clark & 3 others

22 October 2020

Alan Stanley’s recent work


Open data initiatives: what has GODAN Action learnt so far?

From 19 to 23 March, IDS representatives will be taking part in a series of activities to reflect on promoting the use of open data in the agriculture and nutrition sectors, as partners in the GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) Action project funded by the UK's Department for...

20 March 2018