UK Anchor Institution for the China International Development Research Network

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS), including the IDS Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development, is the UK Anchor Institution for the China International Development Research Network (CIDRN), funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

China’s size and strategic importance means that its growth and growing influence, through global governance institutions and through initiatives such as the Belt and Road, has become increasingly critical for global development. This is especially the case in the context of the UN Global Goals, where China’s actions and investments, alone and in co-operation with other countries including the UK, will have a major influence on capacities to achieve multiple goals in a range of low- and middle-income countries.

Our role as the UK Anchor Institution responds to the increasing need for strong and regular collaborative links between researchers in the UK and China to build long-term cooperation on a variety of development research topics and provide the evidence needed to inform China’s global development and help achieve the Global Goals.

The CIDRN is a network of Chinese research centres, institutes and university departments, created and developed by researchers interested in China’s role in international development – and particularly, China’s engagement with other developing countries. The Network supports knowledge exchange and cooperation among Chinese researchers and between Chinese and international development communities, ultimately assisting with the formulation of Chinas’ international development policy.

IDS will work with CIDRN partners to deliver a range of activities to promote mutual learning. These include the China and Global Development Seminar Series, international conferences, short training programmes for Chinese and British researchers, research fellow visits to UK and Chinese universities and think tanks, and joint publications.

The UK Anchor Institution for CIDRN will also run the China Global Development Knowledge Network (CGDKN), a platform for researchers and government policy actors to work together to respond to new joint opportunities in a challenging time. To keep up to date with the latest news, events, publications and opportunities, subscribe to the newsletter.

Key contacts

Jing Gu

Research Fellow, Centre Director

+44 (0)1273 915692

Project details

start date
1 May 2019
end date
31 March 2022


About this project



Recent work

Past Event

China and international development: Knowledge, governance and practice

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Working Paper

Chinese-Funded Electricity Generation in Sub-Saharan Africa and Implications for Public Debt and Transition to Renewable Energy

IDS Working Paper 557

Drawing on secondary data, combined with deep dive studies of Ethiopia and Uganda, this paper shows that despite significant liberalisation of the power sector in SSA, Chinese investments in the electricity industry continue to follow state-led project contract-based models.

10 November 2021


Theory and Practice in China’s Approaches to Multilateralism and Critical Reflections on the Western ‘Rules-Based International Order’

IDS Research Report 85

China is the subject of Western criticism for its supposed disregard of the rules-based international order. Such a charge implies that China is unilateralist. The aim in this study is to explain how China does in fact have a multilateral approach to international relations.

26 October 2021