Eldis aims to share the best in development, policy, practice and research. It maintains an ever-growing collection of editorially selected and abstracted full-text, online documents selected by editors from more than 7,500 different publishers. About 26,000 full text documents are available free of charge to download.

Its 24 subject-focused guides offer quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources. Quick access to the database is also arranged by country, plus quick links to country briefing services on other websites.