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We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issues

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What is Development Studies

What is development studies and decolonising development.

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Our Members

We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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Our conference this year is themed "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

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Our Study Groups offer a chance to connect with others who share your areas of interest

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Students and early career researchers are an important part of our community

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Our book series with OUP and our relationship with other publishers

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North-South Research

A series of workshops exploring North-South interdisciplinary research with key messages and reports

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DSA Webinar: Perspectives on the UK’s 2022 International Development Strategy

The DSA hosted a panel of experts to reflect on the implications of the UK government’s 2022 International Development Strategy (IDS).

About this webinar

What does the UK government’s 2022 International Development Strategy tell us about the role that the UK will play in addressing development challenges at this critical juncture? What will the strategy mean for low- and middle-income countries? What are the prospects for research and research partnerships and their contribution to international development?

This Development Studies Association (DSA) hosted webinar brings together leading experts to reflect on the UK government’s new strategic approach to international development. 


  • Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy, Oxford University, and Senior FCDO Advisor
  • Melissa Leach, Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) 
  • Mark Miller, Director of Programme, Development and Public Finance,  at ODI
  • Karimi Kinoti, Director of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns, Christian Aid

Chair: Sam Hickey, President of the DSA


The webinar will kick-off with speakers given the floor to reflect on what the strategy means in terms of the new direction it sets for the UK as a development player. It will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A, open to all webinar attendees. The event will close with some final reflections from the speakers and thoughts on next steps: e.g. what can be usefully achieved within this framework, what needs to be challenged, what should come next?

This webinar took place online on 27th May 2022 and was FREE to attend.

About the International Development Strategy

The UK’s Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, has set out her vision for the future of UK international development. The newly published plans address increasing global challenges, delivering investment, supporting women and girls, getting humanitarian assistance to those who need it most, and continuing our work on climate change, nature and global health.

This strategy sets the direction for all of the UK government’s development work. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will oversee cross-government efforts to deliver the strategy. The FCDO will draw on expertise from the private sector, civil society and academia to advise and challenge us on implementation.

Follow the link to download the full International Development Strategy.

For further information contact:

Laura Roberts
DSA Communications Manager
E: [email protected]

About the DSA

The Development Studies Association (DSA) is a UK based membership organisation for all those studying, researching and teaching in the field of global development. The DSA promotes and advances international development as a field of study, research and action. We aim to deepen understanding of how global poverty, inequalities, conflict and environmental destruction are produced, sustained and may be overcome, and how a better future may be advanced. The DSA is a membership organisation, with both individual and institutional members, and is wholly funded through its membership premiums and activities.

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