Document library

The document library is an up to date collection of summaries of the most credible publications available on governance, conflict and social development issues. In 2012, the library's coverage expanded to include humanitarian issues.

The brief policy-oriented summaries of each document highlight major findings and implications in an easy to read format. The summaries provide links to the full text online or to a request form for document delivery via the British Library for Development Studies.

Use the search form below to find documents of interest to you. To view the full catalogue, click on the second search button, below 'Regions and Countries'.

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Selection criteria

We monitor a wide range of publication sources weekly, including donors, NGOs and research institutes. Materials are carefully selected by our researchers to ensure that they are relevant to our topic area, demonstrate good practice or significant insight and represent a range of perspectives. Only the most credible and policy-relevant research, toolkits, analyses and case studies are included.


The GSDRC newsfeeds service delivers new additions from the document library to your browser without you having to visit the website. The alert can be set to specific themes or geographical areas or to every time any document is added to the website. For more information about subscribing to GSDRC newsfeeds, please visit our newsfeeds page.

How to add a document to the library

To recommend new publications to be considered for inclusion in our library, please email us at Please supply a link to the full text online if possible so that we can review the document and link to it. Alternatively, if you are the copyright holder you can send us an electronic copy of the document if you would like us to review it and possibly host it on our web site.

Related services

Our Helpdesk research team is available to carry out desk-based research assignments at short notice.