Our Aims and Objectives

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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Find out about our constitution, how we are run and meet our Council

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Meet our Council members and other staff who support the running of DSA

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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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Past Conferences

Find out about our previous conferences

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Study Groups

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

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Students and ECRs

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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Membership Directory

Find out who our members are, where they are based and the issues they work on

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Spotlight on: One World Together

GDI research informs new fundraising model

Do you want to support global development in ways that offer long-term, impactful outcomes for communities facing pressing needs? Many charitable funding models are geared towards the interests of big donors and lack efficiency as a result of expensive marketing and fundraising operations. When donating to such organisations, it’s often difficult to see where our money is directed or how it’s used. This is where One World Together comes in.

Drawing on decades of research into NGOs conducted by academics at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute, One World Together currently supports four fantastic partners working to improve lives in their respective communities. Chosen for their impactful work and close community ties, these partners are much smaller than the well-funded organisations that tend to receive the lion’s share of charitable funding. By providing long-term and predictable funding, One World Together aims to shift the power dynamics that disadvantage smaller community groups, ensuring they have the resources they need to tackle complex problems on the ground.

One World Together staff stand alongside their partners
Muungano Wa Wanavijiji community activists in Nairobi.

How does One World Together operate?

Embracing a radically transparent funding model, One World Together asks members – also known as Global Citizens – to make a small contribution to its Solidarity Fund every month. It then distributes this funding among partner organisations on a long-term and unrestricted basis, eliminating the need for intermediaries and ensuring money is well spent.

As well as shaking up funding structures within the development sector, One World Together is working to build a global community built on collaboration, learning, and solidarity. Global Citizens and partner organisations have access to a recently launched community space, an online forum designed to generate productive discussions and supportive relationships.  

Join One World Together’s wave of change…

Want to get involved in the movement toward a more equitable and impactful development sector? By signing up as a Global Citizen for as little as £5/year and setting up a monthly Solidarity Fund subscription, you’ll join a community of like-minded people looking to make a real difference in the world.

If you’re studying at a Higher Education Institute across the UK and want to help One World Together scale up its mission, why not start a One World Together Students’ Union Society? The University of Manchester’s student society has already attracted many enthusiastic students keen to pioneer change and fight for a more equitable global community. After all, young people are at the heart of the fight for a better future for all.

For more information, please get in touch with the One World Together team to discuss how you can join its nationwide movement for change.