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Institute of Development Studies
Acronym: 
IDS

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex.

Our vision is of equal and sustainable societies, locally and globally, where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice. We believe passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and evidence are crucial in shaping the changes needed for our broader vision to be realised, and to support people, societies and institutions to navigate the challenges ahead.

Through our commitment to engaged excellence we work towards transformations that reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build more inclusive and secure societies. We do this neither as a university organisation nor a thinktank, but by combining elements of both in a unique mix that is articulated in our engaged excellence approach.  

Since 1966 IDS has been working with partners to tackle complex development challenges and contribute the evidence, analysis, theory and facilitated learning that can help communities, practitioners and decision-makers at all levels work together for practical, positive change. Our partnership with the University of Sussex supports and accredits our teaching and learning programmes, where in PhD studies and a range of high-level Masters’ courses we aim to produce a new generation of development thought, policy and practice leaders.

The Institute is home to approximately 100 researchers affiliated to thematic research clusters, 70 knowledge professionals, 65 professional staff and about 200 students at any one time. But the IDS community extends far beyond, encompassing an extensive network of over over 360 partners, 3,000 alumni and hundreds of former staff.

Institute of Development Studies Resources

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Library Resource
January, 2018
Colombia

The ‘war on drugs’ has failed. Despite an increase in law enforcement, production levels of coca – the crop used to make cocaine – have hardly altered in the last decade.A 2017 report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found that coca cultivation in Colombia had increased by 52 per cent; thus, there is an urgent need to find alternative policies to counter illicit behaviour.

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Reports & Research
February, 2017
Africa

Looks at how the ESRC STEPS Centre intervened in debates on land grabbing following the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008, and how its work led it on to explore the impacts of ‘green grabs’ and ‘water grabs’, carbon offsetting, the green economy, the financialisation of nature, the Anthropocene and other aspects of ‘resource politics’.

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OPEN DATA MANAGEMENT IN AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION COURSE
Training Resources & Tools
December, 2016
Global

This free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Open Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition was first created in 2016. The course was delivered 5 times between November 2017 and November 2018, reaching over 5000 people globally, before being made available for unrestricted use

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GESTION DES DONNÉES OUVERTES EN AGRICULTURE ET NUTRITION
Training Resources & Tools
December, 2016
Global

Ce cours en ligne massif (MOOC) gratuit sur la gestion des données ouvertes en agriculture et nutrition a été créé en 2016. Déjà en 2017 et 2018, plus de 5000 participants de partout dans le monde ont déjà suivi cette formation, laquelle est maintenant disponible pour une utilisation gratuite et sans restriction. 

Library Resource
Reports & Research
August, 2016
Mozambique, Africa

Analyses inclusive land governance in Mozambique. Focuses on the country’s legal framework and the DUAT, the right to use and benefit from the land. The DUAT is a distinctive element of the Mozambican legislation that has land as the property of the state but recognises land use rights for occupants and users on the basis of a unitary system of tenure. The challenges of putting in practice what is thought to be one of Africa’s most progressive legal frameworks are discussed.

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Reports & Research
December, 2014
Latin America and the Caribbean

El presente informe forma parte de la Canasta Básica de BRIDGE sobre Género y Seguridad Alimentaria, que también incluye el boletín En breve. Es resultado de un programa de colaboración en el cual participa una gama diversa de profesionales, investigadoras/es, activistas y asesoras/es para políticas que trabajan en género y seguridad alimentaria en África, América Latina, Asia, Europa y Norteamérica.

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January, 2013

New technology that enables sustainable and profitable production of food and fibre is critical for both food security and economic development. Whether framed in terms of modernisation, productivity enhancement, poverty reduction, social protection, environmental protection or adaptation to climate change, technical change is at the heart of most agricultural policy, programmes and projects. From a development perspective, a nagging question is why the benefits of new agricultural technology often appear to by-pass poorer farmers – even when they are the ‘target’ group.

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