About Governance and Development

This Governance and Development blog is no longer updated but has moved to the IDS website here at the IDS Governance Research Cluster web page and features comment on governance topics including state capacity, security and peace-building, and informal and popular politics.

The blog is written by members of the Governance Team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK, and also includes contributions from other experts. We welcome your feedback. Please comment on the blog or contact us with questions.

Posts on this blog reflect the opinions of individual authors, not necessarily those of IDS.

About the Governance Team at IDS

The Governance Research Team at IDS works in collaboration with partners in Asia, Africa and Latin America on public authority and state capacity, security and peace-building, informal and popular politics. We produce cutting edge, policy oriented research on governance seen as multi-level and networked, operating at transnational, national and local levels. Our work looks at citizens and their relationships with political authority, considering what concerns people, what people think about economic change, whether and how they come together for collective action, and about what.

Our research focuses on multiple themes:
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Conflict management, security and peace-building
  • Developing and teaching research methodologies
  • Financial management and taxation policy
  • Politics of service delivery
  • Public authority and state capacity
  • Transnational organised crime
  • Informal and popular politics
  • Politics of representation
For further information, please contact Team Leader: Anuradha Joshi

About 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 present vision is a world in which poverty does not exist, social justice prevails and sustainable economic growth is focused on improving human wellbeing. We believe that research knowledge can drive the change that must happen in order for this vision to be realised.

Founded in 1966, IDS enjoys an international reputation based on the quality of our work and our commitment to applying academic skills to real-world challenges. Our theory of change is at the heart of what we do. We think that knowledge should be generated by sound methodology and in partnership with other development and non-development actors.

The Institute is home to over 120 staff working in research and teaching, 70 in knowledge services, communications and the library and about 200 students at any one time. But the IDS community extends far beyond this, encompassing an extensive network of over 360 global partners, 2,100 alumni and hundreds of former staff across the development community worldwide.

Find out more about IDS on our website.

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