The GSDRC is a consortium of organisations with a blend of expertise in governance, social development, conflict and humanitarian issues. As a team we are uniquely positioned to provide high quality services and broad thematic coverage.
Three main partners operate the core services of the resource centre:
- University of Birmingham, International Development Department (lead partner)
- Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex
- Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester
Colleagues from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are involved in the production of some GSDRC Topic Guides.
In addition, a large group of partners led by Coffey International Development provides specialist call down services to DFID to enable the rapid sourcing of experts whenever DFID requires surge capacity or when specialist expertise is not available in-house. See Consultancy Services.
About the core services partners
The International Development Department (IDD) in the School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham was founded in 1964. It is distinguished by its focus on governance and its capacity to bridge the gap between theory and practice in development. IDD has nearly 50 years experience of close working relationships with donors and partner country governments, and proven capacity to translate research results into the policy agenda. Current areas of research include service delivery, statebuilding, security in fragile states, anti-corruption, natural resource governance and aid management. IDD has carried out consultancy work for many donor agencies. Previously, IDD managed the Governance Resource Centre (2001-2005) in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies.
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global charity for international development research, teaching and communications. IDS was founded in 1966 and enjoys an international reputation based on the quality of its work and its commitment to applying academic skills to real world challenges. IDS aims to challenge convention and to generate fresh ideas that foster new approaches to development policy and practice. Among the many research themes covered by IDS are: governance; participation, power and social change; and vulnerability and poverty reduction. IDS is a pioneer in development communications and hosts a range of innovative and highly regarded knowledge services, including the largest research collection of economic and social development materials in Europe.
The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous research and to support postgraduate training on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises. Our work is driven by a desire to inform and support policy and decision makers, to optimise joint working between partner organisations, and to foster increased accountability within the field. Bringing together the disciplines of medicine and the humanities to achieve these aims, HCRI aims to facilitate improvements in crisis response on a global scale whilst providing a centre of excellence for all concerned with emergencies and conflicts.