IFSD is at the forefront of developing conceptual and methodological tools to improve policy processes and outcomes through better use of evidence, knowledge, experience, and community voice.

Services and activities

  • Development of policy and practice lab
  • Training and capacity building on writing effective policy briefs
  • Production and dissemination of policy briefs on contemporary policy issues related to climate change, water, agriculture and natural resources management
  • Training workshops on science commination to policy makers
  • Guidebook on communicating research to policy and practices
  • Advisory support in international development program planning and design
  • Building science-policy community for positive change


Water Policy Lab Community of Practice Launched

We are pleased to announce our flagship initiative on Water Policy Lab, designed to assist policy management researchers, policy makers and practitioners around the world to design structured dialogues in specific contexts to design and capitalise solutions to water management challenges.

You are welcome to join this initiative. For details, please click here.

Policy & Governance Updates

Why Policy Makers Do not Like to Read Research Reports

Realising the need for a short and targeted report. It’s been over three decades since researchers seriously began to write policy briefs, at least in the sphere of international development. After producing heaps of research reports

Is Gender transformative change possible?

Despite significant international development efforts to promote gender equality, achievements remain limited. Dr Basundhara Bhattarai, Senior Gender and Development Specialist at IFSD, presents a critical analysis of the problem and offers some actionable solutions for