The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) is one of the oldest and best-established research institutes in Africa. IDS is a multipurpose and multi-disciplinary institute within the University of Nairobi’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It focuses on social and economic issues of development in Kenya, the rest of Africa and the world. In addition to initiating its own academic and policy-oriented research, IDS provides research services to government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.
IDS build capacity for the analysis of development issues through its MA and PhD programmers.
It uses its seminar series, workshops, and publications to communicate and get feedback on its research results.IDS also encourage intellectual exchange through collaborative research and welcoming research associates.