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International development


The Institute is recognised for its research leadership in aid effectiveness and international development to address the global challenges of sustainable and equitable development.

Through research, innovation and partnership we work with government, donors, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to address the complex challenges of international development and aid effectiveness.

Our services include research and analysis; process design and facilitation; policy and technical advice; monitoring and evaluation; training and organisational development.

We contribute to development practice, policy and theory across five key areas:
Development effectiveness
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
Climate change adaptation
Urban planning and city development
Energy policy and planning

View/download our International Development capability statement for details of our team and recent successes. (PDF 170KB).


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ISF provides leadership of the Research for Development Impact Network (RDI) through an Academic Co-Chair role. RDI is a network of practitioners, researchers and evaluators supporting cross-sectoral partnerships, improved development research practice, and greater uptake and use of evidence in policy and practice.


Contact person

Juliet Willetts