The IDS Bulletin is the flagship journal from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), 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 the major themes and influenced debates within international development. The journal is published six times a year, and each thematic issue is edited by IDS Research Fellow(s), drawing on contributions from within IDS and its global network of partners and collaborators within the sphere of development research, policy and practice.
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Interrogating Decentralisation in AfricaIDS Bulletin 48.2 (2017)
What are the smaller stories hidden within the larger trends on governance in Africa, and to what extent has decentralisation affected change in these areas? What are the factors that keep local government reforms from achieving more complete outcomes? More details
Sex Education in the Digital EraIDS Bulletin 48.1 (2017)
Exploring sex and sexual relationships is an important part of adolescence, and therefore sex education should have a central role in adolescent emotional development as well as dealing with crucial public-health issues. More details
Engaged ExcellenceIDS Bulletin 47.6 (2016)
Who defines what good quality research is? How, why and who should we co-construct knowledge with? What counts as impact? How do we build enduring partnerships? The articles in this IDS Bulletin aim to answer these questions based on IDS’ approach of ‘engaged excellence’. More details
States, Markets and Society – New Relationships for a New Development EraIDS Bulletin 47.2A (2016)
‘How does change happen?’ and ‘How should change happen and how can it be enabled?’ are key questions analysed in this IDS Bulletin, drawing on the Institute of Development Studies’ reflections on States, Markets and Society as a theme of its 50th Anniversary year. More details
Power, Poverty and InequalityIDS Bulletin 47.5 (2016)
Ten years on from the landmark 2006 edition of the IDS Bulletin that brought us the ‘powercube’ – a practical approach to power analysis that offered a way of confronting its complexity – we return to the question of how to analyse and act on power in development. More details
Foresight in International DevelopmentIDS Bulletin 47.4 (2016)
This issue of the IDS Bulletin focuses on the role of foresight in policy-oriented international development research and seeks to draw attention to the opportunities and challenges associated with the wide range of foresight approaches and methods that help individuals and groups to think about and prepare for different possible futures. More details
Ruptures and Ripple Effects in the Middle East and BeyondIDS Bulletin 47.3 (2016)
Perhaps more than any other region or any other period of post-Cold War history, the Middle East since the Arab Spring constitutes a significant challenge to established ideas about development and its relationship with conflict. More details
Development Studies – Past, Present and FutureIDS Bulletin 47.2 (2016)
At 50 years old, the Institute of Development Studies is ‘looking back, in order to look forward so too this IDS Bulletin aims to trace the history of certain topics in development studies by bringing together two generations of scholars – Research Fellows and students – to provide insight to our rich past and promising future. More details
Connecting Perspectives on Women’s EmpowermentIDS Bulletin 47.1A (2016)
This IDS Bulletin makes a timely contribution to our understanding of how ideas around empowerment have evolved and how we can move forward to expand women’s opportunities and choices and realise women’s empowerment in a meaningful way. More details
Opening GovernanceIDS Bulletin 47.1 (2016)
This Bulletin hopes to rescue the transformative potential of the project of opening up governance relationships and processes to instil fairer power dynamics among and between citizens and their states. More details
Introduction: Opening Governance – Change, Continuity and Conceptual AmbiguityIDS Bulletin 47.1 (2016)
Open government and open data are new areas of research, advocacy and activism that have entered the governance field alongside the more established areas of transparency and accountability. More details
Life in a Time of Food Price VolatilityIDS Bulletin 46.6 (2015)
Between 2007 and 2012 global food price volatility affected millions of people on low and precarious incomes. As food has been increasingly commodified and people on low incomes have struggled to pay for life’s necessities, they have responded by changing their ways of making a living, residences, diets, family relationships and ways of caring for one another. More details
What is the Unique Contribution of Volunteering to International Development?IDS Bulletin 46.5 (2015)
This IDS Bulletin is entirely based on the global action-research project Valuing Volunteering, commissioned by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), a UK-based international volunteer cooperation organisation, and conducted by researchers at IDS in partnership with VSO. More details
Beijing+20: Where Now for Gender Equality?IDS Bulletin 46.4 (2015)
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), celebrated by feminist activists as a triumph for women's rights, is 20 years old. The world that it once described has changed profoundly in some respects, and yet in others remains surprisingly similar. This IDS Bulletin reflects on those changes and continuities, tracing the trajectories of the Beijing conference in different policy arenas, national settings and domains of practice. More details
Past, Present and Future Financing for DevelopmentIDS Virtual Bulletin 6 (2015)
2015 is a watershed year for international development with the world set to agree a set of Sustainable Development Goals and a new climate change agreement that will apply to all countries. More details
Business, State and Society: Changing Perspectives, Roles and ApproachesIDS Bulletin 46.3 (2015)
The debate on the role of business and markets in development has a long history, marked by divergent and strongly held perspectives, but also shifts in dominant thinking about what is feasible and desirable. While only two decades ago debates were about the state vs the market, there is currently broad consensus that both are essential. More details
Graduating from Social Protection?IDS Bulletin 46.2 (2015)
To most people, graduation means leaving a school or university after completing a programme of study, once the learner has acquired a set of skills that is expected to equip them for a higher-income future livelihood. More details
Towards Systemic Approaches to Evaluation and ImpactIDS Bulletin 46.1 (2015)
This IDS Bulletin explores new frontiers in international development evaluation, making a useful contribution to an ongoing debate about how to assess effects and effectiveness without ignoring the complexity of the contemporary development landscape. More details
Rethinking Impact Evaluation for DevelopmentIDS Bulletin 45.6 (2014)
This IDS Bulletin presents a 'rallying cry' for impact evaluation to rise to the challenges of a post-MDG/post-2015 world. It is the first of two issues that follow a workshop entitled 'Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future', held at IDS in March 2013. More details
Challenging Patriarchy: Unsettling Men and MasculinitiesIDS Virtual Bulletin 5 (2014)
Challenging Patriarchy presents contributions to the evolution of thinking on men and masculinities in Gender and Development, drawing on three IDS Bulletins published over a period of more than a decade. More details