Welcome to Institute for Development Studies
Founded over fifty years ago with the very inception of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the Institute for Development Studies has come of age. Initially founded as a Research Institute which also served in advisory capacity to the Eastern Nigeria Regional government, the Institute has expanded its mandate to include teaching, community outreach and research. Our Research Fellows teach at the Post graduate level, engage in contemporary ground breaking research as well as consult for national and international organizations of repute. The quality of our teaching and research is reflected in the quality of staff publications, input into government policies as well as the marketability of the graduates of our programmes in the competitive employment market. Staff see it as a privilege to work in the IDS which is the oldest research institute in the University. To them the institute gives each more than just a job, but a feeling of being part of history and they strive to live up to its legacy of positively transforming lives in Africa and the world at large. PROJECTS Among the projects that the institute has executed include the following: 1. Enugu state Poverty Study ( commissioned by UNDP) 2. Training of Senior civil servants from Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Akwa Ibom,Cross Rver, Abia and Imo states on Aid Management, project monitoring and evaluation, financial management and feasibility studies (supported by UNDP and National planning Commission). 3. Governance and Corruption study for south east ( Supported by The World Bank Group) 4. Rural Travel and Transport Studies ( Commissioned by the World Bank Group) 5. Workshop and Wealth Creation by Investment in Stocks and Shares.(Supported by then Intercontinental Bank Plc) 6. Workshop on Attitudinal Change and Productivity in the University System. 7. Candidates – Public Engagement for Voter Education and Electoral Accountability in South East Nigeria. 8. Perception and Assessment of 2011 Voter Registration Exercise in Enugu State.
Institute for Development Studies (IDS) is an applied Social Science Research Institute of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. It is located at the Enugu Campus of the University. The institute conducts large scale surveys, trainings for governments, international organizations, private sector, CBOs, NGOs. It also conducts trainings for governments, ministries and parastatals. We also serve as think tank for government. In addition to these, the IDS runs Post Graduate Diploma, PGD, Master of Science, Msc and Doctor of Philosophy, PhD programmes in Development Studies. The programme aims at training, supply and sustenance of a corps of highly qualified, specialized and technical manpower that can show managerial leadership and demonstrate practical expertise in the successful conceptualization, designing, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development policies and projects at all levels. Graduates of this programme should also be able to teach research and work in all functional areas of development. The Institute was established on July 22, 1963 under an agreement between the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Michigan State University USA, the Ford Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It was then known as Economic Development Institute (EDI). The Institute’s major mandate at that time was to engage in development economics research which guided her in making input into government policies and programmes of the time. The initial leadership of the Institute for Development Studies up till the commencement of the early independence political crisis and civil war was provided by Michigan State University. The first Director of the Institute was Professor Johnson Glenn L. (1963-1964), followed by Dr. Eicher, Carl C. (1964-1966). The Institute had barely settled down with its activities and programmes when the civil war broke out. This resulted in the departure of its mostly expatriate staff, disruption and eventual cessation of her research and training projects. The war induced departure of the expatriates resulted in the appointment of the first indigenous director of the Institute – Dr Sylvester Ugo, (1966-1972). When the civil war ended in 1970, the immediate preoccupation of the University administration was the reestablishment of the teaching departments and faculties in the university. It was in 1972 that new staff was recruited and some activities commenced at the Institute. Based on the observed fact that in spite of modest economic growth rates of sub-Saharan African countries, poverty among the people was deepening, coupled with the unsustainable growth path prevailing then, the EDI was renamed Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in January, 1984 following the decision of the senate of the University of Nigeria. This further broadened the mandate and scope of activities of this pioneer Nigerian Development Studies Institute making it more innovative and interdisciplinary. The Institute commenced post graduate studies programme leading to the award of PGD; M.Sc.; and PhD degrees in development studies in 2006.