GSDRC provides applied knowledge services on demand and online. Our expertise is in issues of governance, social development, humanitarian response and conflict. Our specialist research team supports a range of international development agencies, synthesising the latest evidence and expert thinking to inform policy and practice.
GSDRC is a partnership of research institutes, think-tanks and consultancy organisations. We provide bespoke research and consultancy services in addition to the regularly updated information resources available on this website.
The GSDRC team has been providing high quality knowledge services to international development agencies for over a decade. Our clients have included DFID, the Australian Government, the European Union, the OECD, the World Bank, UNDP, and more.
The project began as the Governance Resource Centre, established by DFID in 2001. It expanded in 2005 to become the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre. In 2012 it gained additional partner organisations and further support from UKaid: GSDRC expertise now includes humanitarian as well as governance, social development and conflict issues. In 2016, we became part of DFID’s ‘Knowledge for Development’ (K4D) programme, and the work we do for DFID is now published as part of the K4D programme while our work for other clients is published under the GSDRC name.