About IDS
The Institute of Development Studies is one of the world's leading organisations for research, teaching and communications on international development. Founded in 1966, the Institute enjoys an international reputation based on the quality of its work and the intellectual rigour with which it applies academic skills to real world policy challenges. Its purpose is to understand and explain the world, and to try to change it - to influence as well as to inform.


The Institute is home to approximately 80 research staff who work in partnership with a broad community of researchers all around the world. Together they constitute an active global network in development studies. This partnership approach helps to enrich the research process, while at the same time building and enhancing the capacity of all the organisations involved.
The majority of research work carried out at IDS is multidisciplinary in nature, revolving around a specific issue or objective. It brings together researchers from different academic backgrounds in research groups, networks and multi-partner projects.
Teaching and training
The postgraduate teaching programme at IDS forms one of Europe's largest centres for teaching in development studies. Conducted in collaboration with the University of Sussex, it attracts students from all over the world, many of whom already have considerable experience of development practice, and many go on to hold influential positions in the international development community and beyond.
IDS currently offers five postgraduate degrees:
> MA in Gender and Development
> MA in Governance and Development
> MA in Participation, Development and Social Change
> MPhil (Development Studies)
> DPhil by research.
The Institute also offers consultancy and advisory services for funding agencies and development organisations. This includes policy advice, training (in-house or external tailor-made courses), research consultancy and technical assistance, including project design, monitoring and evaluation.
Knowledge sharing
IDS is home to a family of innovative web-based information and advisory services on development. IDS Knowledge Services aim to facilitate the flow of development knowledge to support more informed decision-making by those in a position to influence change. The services identify and bridge knowledge gaps, acting as intermediary between researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners worldwide.
The IDS Knowledge Services are among the most widely used and respected within the development sector, attracting over 160,000 visitors per month and with more than 50,000 subscribers to various e-mail updates and alerts.
Currently there are nine different services hosted at IDS: the British Library of Development Studies (BLDS), the development gateway Eldis, the research dissemination service id21, the gender advisory and information service BRIDGE, the southern-led network GDNet, Livelihoods Connect, the DFID Health Resource Centre, the Health Systems Resource Centre and the Governance Resource Centre. These services are supported in their work by the IDS Communications Unit and the Information Systems Unit which provides technical support and services.
IDS is an independent, not-for-profit company. Read more about IDS constitution and funding.

Politics and poverty
Good Governance
International regulation

Spreading the gains of globalization
Trade, human resources, skills and gender
Industrial development strategies, capital flows and international finance

Poverty and Social Policy
Poverty and inequality
Food security and famine
Education and social policy

Health and Social Change
Health and health systems in development transitions
Meeting health needs in unequal societies
Improving governance of health systems

Participation in politics and governance
Institutional learning and change
The theory and practice of participation

Local Perspectives on Environmental and Livelihoods Change
Science, Citizenship and Society
Institutions and Uncertainty and global environmental governance


Governance Team
Research agenda

Good governance - the legitimacy and accountability of rulers, and the capacity of the public sector to promote growth and equity - has never been so central to the development field as it is today. The global wave of democratisation over the past decade has raised expectations of participation, social equity, respect for human rights, and better economic management. As the development agenda switches from 'getting prices right' to 'getting institutions right', understanding what makes governments efficient, effective, and responsive to citizens' needs is becoming crucial to the success of a range of development policy initiatives.

The issues:
> the tensions between political liberalisation and globalisation
> tensions between the politics of growth and the politics of equity
> the potential tensions and synergies between development concerns such as the anti-poverty agenda, and
> the gender-equity agenda and the environmental protection agenda.
The IDS Governance team addresses these issues in research on politics in development through
> Work on contemporary processes of democratisation focusing on civil society development and good governance, new social movements in democratisation processes, and government accountability to the poor and other socially excluded groups.
> Research into the effectiveness of government including studies of civilian control of the military, public sector reform and institutional development, decentralisation, legal processes and access to justice, anti-corruption strategies, and the work of field-level policy implementers.
> Issues of global business regulation assessing the performance of global economic or regulatory institutions against the policy looking at the role and impact of global social movements, particularly women's or environmental movements.
Research partnerships are important, and we collaborate with researchers, activists, and institutions all over the world (see descriptions of individual research projects for details, located under Current activities). The team also engages in commissioned studies, policy analysis, and policy advice, particularly in the areas of:
> institutional capacity-building
> assessments of the political environment for foreign investment, and
> mainstreaming anti-poverty and gender-equity concerns to development institutions. (see Advisory work)

Civil Society and Governance Programme

The Civil Society and Governance Programme is a research project funded by the Ford Foundation and based at the Institute of Development Studies.

The 3-year research programme, established in April 1998, is examining the interplay between civil society and governments in 22 different countries, spanning 6 international regions.


Civil Society and Governance Programme

> Civil Society and Governance: A Concept Paper by the IDS
> Research Outputs - Country Reports and Case Studies written by in-country researchers
> Electronic Discussion Forums, Newsletters & Bulletins on civil society and governance
> Civil Society Websites - links to civil society, governance and democracy websites worldwide

> Policy Briefs on various topics related to civil society and governance
> Civil Society' listed as a hot topic on the Electronic and Development Information System (ELDIS) - many full text documents available online

Civil society and governance: a concept paper

Civil Society and Governance:
Draft Country Reports for the 2nd International Conference in Cape Town

Civil Society and Governance:
Final Reports of the Case Studies on Civil Society
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United States of America

1.The action of NGOs: between the state and civil society. (Ana Claudia Chaves Teixeira)

2. Civil Society, Public Space and Local Power: a study of the participatory budget in Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre. (Leonardo Arritzer)

3. National Forum of Urban Reform - FNRU. (Carla Almeida Silva)

4. Relations MST - Education and Literacy Programs for children and adults in the state of Parana. (Maria Antonia de Souza)

5. The Ceara Council of Women's Rights/CCDM - can there be a dialogue between Women's movements and the State? (Gemma Galgani S. L. Esmeraldo)

6. Analysis of the literature on recent experiences of the participation in civil society in the formulation and implementation of public policy. (Luciana Tatagiba)

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Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RE, UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 1273 606261
Fax: +44 (0) 1273 621202/691647

Staff and contacts

Lawrence Haddad
Tel: 01273 678264
PA to Director
Diane Frazer-Smith
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Head of Finance and Administration
David Smith
Tel: 01273 877387
Development Officer
Catherine Gee
Tel: 01273 678687
Development Assistant
Nabila Jiwaji
Tel: 01273 877594

Governance team:

Julie McWilliam
Phone: +44 (0)1273 678272

Camilla Walsh
Phone: +44 (0)1273 678668

Linda Bateman
Phone: +44 (0)1273 678277

Sinnet Weber
Phone: +44 (0)1273 678283

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