International Development Section


The International Development Section (IDS) 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: Ian Plewis
Vice Chair: Andrea Rehman
Secretary: Jenny Church
Meetings Secretary: Phil Crook

Committee members

Paul Allin (Discussion meetings representative)
Duncan Cook
Shikta Das
Uma Kambhampati (Publications network representative)
Wendy Olsen
Matthew Powell
Oliver Chinganya (co-opted)
Emanuele Giorgi (co-opted)
Alex Jones (co-opted)
Arnoldo Frigessi (Council representative)

Future meetings

View our events calendar:

News and meetings reports

See past events organised by the IDSS.


Additional Information

Annual Report 2018
Mailing list: to join a mailing list regarding future events please mail Phil Crook []