International Development Department of the University of Birmingham
The International Development Department (IDD) is a multi-disciplinary department committed to poverty reduction through the development of effective governance systems.
IDD's strength lies in the breadth of its interests and its position between the worlds of practice and ideas. Their research links with their consultancy work, informs the education and training offered and contributes to academic and practitioner debates about development policy.
In addition to the research carried out by the department, IDD also has a number of Resource centres.
IDD offers taught and research postgraduate degrees that enable students to deepen their understanding of development issues. All their Degrees are international in both focus and student body, and over the past six years they have welcomed students from 99 different countries.
The department addresses a wide range of public management and governance issues in developing and transitional countries in Southern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the former USSR.
Their areas of expertise include:
-Evaluation of governance and public management reforms
-Democratisation and political reform
-Conflict, state failure and reconstruction
-Corruption, aid effectiveness and financial management
-Decentralisation and local governance
-Social and human aspects of development
About the School
The International Development Department is part of the School of Government and Society, within the College of Social Sciences.
One of the leading UK and International centres for politics, international development, sociology and European Studies. With expertise including public administration and management, development, security, ethnicity, social exclusion and politics.
IDD's research activities challenge and contribute to contemporary debates in development studies and policy. Since 1968, IDD has been committed to research that is ground-breaking, interdisciplinary and policy-relevant. Their goals for their research are to challenge existing paradigms and to help shape theoretical and policy debates in development studies.
IDD has been known for many years for research on governance and development, with particular strengths in local government and corruption. In recent years, they have also developed strength in research on state-building and security, the relationship between Religions and Development, Service delivery, natural resource management and aid management. These are reflected in two key thematic areas of research in IDD:
-Governance and Development Management
-Statebuilding in Difficult Environments
They are committed to working closely with the end users of their research and in working in partnership with Southern academics. They have strong networks of researchers in East and West Africa and South Asia, in particular, and they have worked for many years in many countries around the world.
Their research is supported by a range of funders, especially the ESRC, British Academy, NERC, European Union, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and other multilateral and bilateral aid agencies. It is presented to academic audiences all over the world, contributes to major international debates about development policy, links with their policy advisory work, and informs the education and training they offer.