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Institute of development Studies (IDS) manages a project Knowledge Services that seeks 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, IDS aims 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. This is done through opening up access to research information, stimulating demand for its use, and strengthening the capacity of others also engaged in this knowledge brokering role
. By providing access to free resources like publications and organisations, IDS enables many to understand and champion the role of information in tackling poverty and injustice and help address the power imbalances and capacity constraints that limit people’s ability to access and make use of information.

ids_knowledge_services plugin provides access to free publications and organisations. this is through searching through two databases bridge ( and eldis ( the plugin also provides information on statistics of the publications by region, theme /subject, topic etc. the plugin show the most recent as well as old documents and organisations. Users are able to use shortcodes to retrieve especific documents from the two databases


To the Institute of development studies for funding the development of the plugin and for designing an API that gives free access to thousands of publications

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  • Adding the API key to get access to the API


  1. Upload to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Under the administrator menu, expand the IDS KS API menu, Choose configure settings.
  4. Visit the link in the content area for free registration. you will be privided with a free IDS API key which you will enter in the form provided in the plugin.
  5. configure number of search results to be displayed per page


How can i administer the plugin

read the installation procedure. after getting a free api key, you will have accesss to the free publications through searches, shotcodes etc.

How often do i have to enter the api key in the plugin

the API key is entered once by the adminstrator. it will be saved and used within the subsequent usage of the plugin. other non administrators need not know the details but will have access to the publications on their websites

Contributors & Developers

“ids_knowledge_services” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




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