Institute for Development Studies (IDS) 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).