Free access to the latest research on international development

The Knowledge Services Open API provides easy programmatic access to tens of thousands of thematically organised research documents that are freely available online.

Via the API, this research can be utilised, repurposed and contextualised by your organisation to serve your, and your users', needs and inform evidence based policy making and practice.

Data is published under the Creative Commons BY Attribution licence and is therefore free to distribute, remix, and build applications using our work

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Examples

We have developed a number of applications that illustrate not only the things that you can do with the Knowledge Services API, but also what information you can obtain from the Knowledge Services datasets.



  • Region map


  • Mobile app


  • Tag Cloud Generator

See some of the example applications we have developed using the IDS Knowledge Services API.

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What will you make with IDS Knowledge Services data?

Why have we developed an API?

We have developed an Open API to make the datasets held within Knowledge Services accessible programmatically to other organisations and individuals to enable others to repurpose, contextualise this knowledge and build and extend applications in new and creative ways.

As an organisation, we strongly believe in open access to research materials and believe that information is vital in the process of poverty alleviation policy-making.

Who are we?

IDS Knowledge Services seek to provide a bridge between research, policy and practice in international development by delivering and supporting a range of information-sharing services, and strengthening the ability of others to do the same.

With over forty years experience in this field, we aim to help people understand and make sense of the complexities and realities of poverty and injustice, emphasising the importance of using diverse and credible information in decision-making processes. We work closely with other knowledge brokers across the world, and with partners in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Our flagship services include BRIDGE, which supports gender advocacy and mainstreaming with print and online information services; and Eldis, a web portal sharing a broad range of publications on development research, policy and practice.

Our data includes:

32343 abstracts or summaries of development research documents

8255 development organisations

28 different development themes

research on 225 countries and territories

What is the data?

Have a look at our example data and see what it contains.

Get data from our flagship services:

BRIDGE, which supports gender advocacy and mainstreaming with print and online information services

Eldis, a web portal sharing a broad range of publications on development research, policy and practice.

Creative Commons Licence
This work by IDS Knowledge Services is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.