International Development 


The International Development Section was constituted in July 2016. It grew out of the International Development Working Group which was set up in July 2013 for a period of 3 years to assess the demand for an interest group of this type, and to develop a remit and mode of operation for such a Section.

Our vision is to work with and through others to maximise the influence of the Society in international development.

The target audience for the IDS is all those with an interest in development and statistics, and overseas fellows are particularly encouraged to contribute to the work of the Section through our StatsLife page and by joining in our events – which are recorded and sometimes streamed.


The RSS International Development Statistics Section exists to take forward RSS work relating to international development. It has three primary areas of interest:

  • Policy and advocacy – on topics relating to international development statistics, including helping to link up users with producers.
  • Learned society – developing the knowledge base and sharing good practice amongst RSS members and others through meetings and events.
  • Professional development and capacity building – initiatives to support statisticians and statistical systems in developing countries. 


Chair: Jenny Church,
Vice Chair: Graham Eele,
Secretary: Phil Crook,
Meetings Secretary: Matthew Powell,

Committee Members

Paul Allin
Dougal Hutchison
Neil Jackson
Uma Kambhampati
Deana Leadbeter
Denise Lievesley
Ian Plewis
Fiona Underwood
Dev Virdee

Future meetings

The programme of meetings for 2017 is under development.
28th February 2017 – committee meeting
27th June 2017 – committee meeting
31st October 2017 – committee meeting

Recent meetings

Multi-dimensional indices of social progress, environmental and economic development
Randomising policy interventions in developing countries
What is the future of official statistics in the big data era?

Additional Information

Mailing list: to join a mailing list regarding future events please mail Phil Crook []