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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 an innovative and cross-disciplinary approach, spanning theoretical and applied research. 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:

The NGO Research Programme is the central pillar of our research support to NGOs. Through the NGO Research Programme, INTRAC provides a range of services to enhance the research capacity of NGOs and create space for learning and reflection.

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 and NGO Research Programme.

Research themes

INTRAC conducts research on a number of civil society and international development topics including:

Find out more

You can read more about our current research programmes and services and research themes via the menu on the left, and browse our range of publications online, including ONTRAC, briefing papers, and books as well as reading about the INTRAC-edited journal Development in Practice. Alternatively, you can contact the research team at