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Woman reading bookResearch forms a core part of INTRAC's strategy to strengthen and support civil society worldwide. INTRAC researchers produce critical analytical reflections and publications on a wide range of issues affecting civil society and NGOs today. 

Our approach to research

INTRAC’s research takes a cross-disciplinary approach. We identify emerging issues and translate them into research that bridges the gap between theory and practice. We provide accessible and grounded insights useful to academics, policy-makers and practitioners. 

Supporting research and publications

INTRAC provides a range of research programmes and services that aim to support civil society organisations and international development practitioners to conduct, share and publish research. These include:

From the mid-1990s to 2015, INTRAC also ran the NGO Research Programme.

Promoting collaboration

We work closely with universities and research institutes worldwide, as well as INTRAC's trainingconsultancy and programme teams to produce, coordinate and disseminate the latest thinking on civil society and international development. We also facilitate dialogue between the development sector and academia through groups such as the DSA study group.

Research themes

INTRAC conducts research on a number of civil society and international development topics including civil society in transition; aid and development trends; research and learning within civil society; monitoring and evaluation.

Find out more

Browse our range of publications online, including ONTRAC, praxis papers, praxis notes, briefing papers, and books as well as reading about the INTRAC-edited journal Development in Practice.

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