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Evidence into Policy and Practice

IDS has pioneered approaches to linking up the supply of inclusive research with the demand for evidence from governments, donors, international development agencies, and civil society. It has also helped shape the concept of the politics of knowledge and current understandings of the relationship between evidence, policy and practice being social, political and interactive.

We have significant experience of mobilising knowledge in response to urgent humanitarian crises, and also provide tailored development knowledge services to governments and donor agencies as well as centres of excellence for knowledge sharing and engagement.  Our research staff and knowledge specialists bring particular experience and expertise in the following areas – Evidence into use –research design that integrates knowledge exchange and policy engagement mechanisms from the start; Research communications – high quality accessible products designed for maximum engagement; Digitally-enabled knowledge exchange – making evidence more available and accessible with the thoughtful use of technology; Monitoring, evaluation and learning – facilitated learning around research impact and the development of theories of change and Capacity building and mutual learning – through programmes and projects and short courses for institutions and individuals working at the interface between research evidence and policy and practice.

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Journal Article

Livelihood Dynamics: Rural Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe

IDS Bulletin Vol. 34 Nos. 3

Rural people in southern Africa make a living in diverse ways, often in harsh physical and economic environments. Such contexts are fast-changing requiring shifts in livelihood strategies and mixes of activities. This article explores both the vulnerability contexts and livelihood strategies...

1 July 2003

Journal Article

Putting Differentiation into Practice: The Case of Food Security

IDS Bulletin Vol. 34 Nos. 2

Constantine Michalopoulos makes the point in relation to agriculture that there is neither an economic nor a political case to treat all developing countries in the same way. Countries such as Argentina and Brazil are clearly highly competitive and parts of their agricultural sectors are well...

Christopher Stevens
Jane Kennan

1 April 2003

Journal Article

An Analytical Framework for Further Research

IDS Bulletin Vol. 34 Nos. 2

If the Doha Round proceeds in the same way as its predecessor, informing the negotiating process with research results will not be easy. The Uruguay Round made erratic progress. A Draft Final Act had been produced by the end of 1991, but the agricultural proposals were rejected by the European...

Christopher Stevens

1 April 2003

Journal Article

Special and Differential Treatment in Agriculture: Proposals for a Development Round

IDS Bulletin Vol. 34 Nos. 2

The Uruguay Round (UR) agreements were intended to usher in an international trade architecture in which all countries, developed and developing alike, would abide by the same rules – the notion that “one size fits all”. This perception of the UR has considerable merit, since all...

Constantine Michalopoulos

1 April 2003

Journal Article

Routes to Adulthood:

IDS Bulletin Vol. 34 Nos. 1

In the course of 2001, the South African Broadcast Corporation, South Africa’s public broadcaster, screened the second part of a television series aimed at the youth market called Yizo, Yizo. As with its first iteration, the series was a runaway success among young black people. Older people,...

Crain Soudien

1 January 2003

Report

Analysing Policy for Sustainable Livelihoods

This report argues that it is possible to use the Sustainable Livelihoods (SL) approach as a starting point for bridging the gap between bottom-up livelihoods analysis and top-down policy analysis.

1 January 2000

Report

Assessment of the IDB Lending Programme, 1979-92

Commissioned by the Strategic Planning Office of the Inter-American Development Bank, this report provides an assessment of the IDB's lending programme for the period 1979-92. It offers policy recommendations on how to improve future lending activities and addresses issues concerning the role of...

1 January 1994