Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC)

GSDRC is a partnership of research institutes, think-tanks and consultancy organisations with expertise in governance, social development, humanitarian and conflict issues. It provides bespoke research and consultancy services in addition to the regularly updated information resources available on this website.

The website offers access to selected research and training available in governance, conflict and social development as well as advice on demand, including rapid response research and consultant finding.

The following services are available to DFID and the wider development community:
  • Research helpdesk: Rapid-response research service for short desk-based research needs on governance, social development, conflict and humanitarian issues.
  • Issues papers: A more in-depth research service providing reviews of key literature and expert thinking.
  • Topic guides: User-friendly guides to key topics to bring you up to date on the main debates and issues. The guides are produced by GSDRC researchers in close collaboration with external experts and practitioners in DFID.
  • Document library: A collection of more than 4500 of the most credible publications available on governance, social development, conflict and humanitarian issues. Brief, policy-oriented summaries of each document are provided, plus links to the full text online.
  • Professional development reading packs: These reading packs provide thought-provoking introductions by international experts to governance, social development, conflict and humanitarian topics and the emerging issues and debates within them.
  • Email bulletin: A monthly digest of key new resources on governance, social development, conflict and humanitarian issues from the GSDRC and beyond.
The Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) was established by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in 2005. They provide high quality, timely information to support international development project and programme planning, policymaking, and other activities in the field. In July 2009 the GSDRC was also awarded a contract to provide the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) with access to research services. By supporting multiple donors, including the European Commission, the OECD, the UNDP, the World Bank and the Commonwealth Secretariat, the GSDRC contributes to the harmonisation agenda. The GSDRC help share knowledge across agencies, and where research requests from different agencies are similar it helps avoid duplication by building on existing work, providing an enhanced resource hub on cutting-edge issues. The GSDRC is the successor to the Governance Resource Centre (GRC), established in 2001.

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