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Ben O’Donovan-Iland

Communications and Impact Officer

Ben is a Communications and Impact Officer in the Knowledge, Impact and Policy Cluster. He is working on a portfolio of projects, including the Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme (K4D).

Previously, he has worked for Bond, Seva Mandir, 50by40 and as a freelance editorial designer. He has a Masters’ in Media Practice for Development and Social Change from the University of Sussex, and a Bachelors’ in Film and Media from the University of Sunderland.



Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative (ASLI)

As a part of the Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative, IDS led a workshop exploring needs and vulnerability in Afghanistan. Leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of leading global think tanks working on Afghanistan and aid issues, the resulting report will be based on analysis...


K4D Learning Products

K4D produces a variety of Learning Products to support and enhance learning and update alongside the Helpdesk Reports. The majority of these are commissioned through Learning Journeys although some are to support individual events such as professional development conferences, or...



7 principles for doing meaningful research communications

At IDS, we believe that evidence-based research plays a vital role in bringing about a more equitable and sustainable world. And to achieve this, we are committed to communicating research beyond academic audiences and journal articles. However, we are very aware of the responsibility we...

15 February 2022

Ben O’Donovan-Iland’s recent work

Past Event

Engaging men and boys on gender issues in India

Global progress on gender equality is under attack. Engaging men and boys on gender issues is a key way we can counter gender backlash. Register to attend Watch online Join Countering Backlash, Men Against Violence and Abuse, and Men end FGM for an interactive discussion about methods,...

14 July 2022


Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development (K4D) in 2021

2021 was a standout year for the Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme (K4D). In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, cuts to Overseas Development Aid, and other challenges, K4D published its 1,000th Helpdesk Report, facilitated its 40th Learning Journey, received 237,600...

17 January 2022


Lessons Learnt from Humanitarian Negotiations with the Taliban, 1996-2001

As the Taliban take control of Afghanistan once again, questions are being raised about the possible curtailment of women’s access to humanitarian support. Between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban implemented discriminatory policies starkly at odds with humanitarian principles. While much has...

26 October 2021