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About the Institute


The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) was established in 1982 as ZIDS (Zimbabwe Institute of Development Studies). It was set up as a statutory body mandated to undertake policy-oriented research and spearheading policy discussions and debates in line with Government objectives.

In 1990 ZIDS was incorporated into the University of Zimbabwe (as IDS), a development that led to the new institution taking additional academic roles such as teaching and students’ supervision. IDS has restructured its work in the last 2 years (2010-2012) in line with new global and national developments The new focus is on intense research programmes, postgraduate supervision and mentorship as well as organizing development dialogue Public Lectures and Seminar series that seek to address the emerging socio-economic challenges.

Our Vision

Our vision is to have a prosperous Africa that is underpinned by self- determination, good governance, equitable distribution of resources and sustainable socio-economic development programs.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create knowledge and networks that contribute to the process of sustainable development in Africa as well as provide platforms for sharing that knowledge.

Our Strategy

(We believe that Zimbabwe and Africa have sufficient intellectual and resource capacity to pull their people out of poverty and into prosperity. In order to facilitate sustainable development, we provide platforms for developing and sharing development ideas between Africa and the rest of the world. The platforms are in the form of research studies, symposia, seminars, workshops, conferences, exchange visits etc.)

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