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The Institute of Development Studies
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IDS is a leading global charity for research, teaching and information on international development. Our vision is a world in which poverty does not exist, social justice prevails and 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. IDS hosts six dynamic research teams, nine popular postgraduate courses, and a family of world-class knowledge services. These three spheres are integrated in a unique combination – as a development knowledge hub, IDS is connected into and is a convenor of networks throughout the world. The Institute is home to approximately 100 researchers, 70 knowledge services staff, 65 professional staff and about 200 students at any one time. But the IDS community extends far beyond, encompassing an extensive network of over 250 partners ,1500 alumni and hundreds of former staff across the development community worldwide. Our four strategic aims: 1. We will build new relationships with people and organisations outside the aid industry who are influential in determining the rate and pattern of global change, such as multinational companies, faith organisations and security experts. 2. We will link different perspectives so that many people can contribute their knowledge to generate research findings that are more grounded and relevant. 3. We will be present where it counts to persuade people who make decisions about development and aid to imagine and choose the right options. 4. We will build our institute to be fit for purpose to ensure that our culture, resources, systems and structures deliver on the first three aims

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