Since its inception in 1979, the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) has built a reputation of an independent think tank and an empirical research center. Through a distinguished body of work, it has proven its commitment to research and advocacy of a more holistic approach to sustainable development.

In the new century, IIDS seeks to build on its storied legacy of 40 years to reorient and consolidate policy priorities across Nepal and South Asia. Its vision is to foster greater development effectiveness through policy research, advocacy, and incubation of innovation. It aims to be recognized as one of the region’s leading institutes that contributes to evidence-based policymaking, trains professionals, and broadens public understanding of sustainable development challenges in the 21st century across South Asia.

The Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) is a successor to the Integrated Development Systems (IDS) established in 1979. Over the years, IIDS has successfully conducted more than 300 studies and surveys covering macro-economics, foreign aid, agriculture and rural development, food and nutrition, population and health, education, trade and energy, regional co-operation, women in development, poverty alleviation, conflict resolution and sustainable peace.

IIDS is a fully independent, non-partisan, and not-for-profit organization headquartered in Kathmandu, Nepal.


IIDS is overseen by the Governing Council (Board). The Executive Chairman chairs the Board and manages the institute. The Advisory Council provides non-binding guidance to the Board. IIDS staff are clustered around the following five thematic pillars.

  • Economic Policy:
    This theme covers work on the sources of long-term prosperity, and on removing the most binding policy obstacles. Topics include economic growth, trade, investment, public finance, migration, entrepreneurship, and institutions.
  • Human Assets:
    This theme covers work on expanding human potentials by augmenting capabilities. Topics include education, skills, health, nutrition, social protection, human deprivation and inequities.
  • Sustainability:
    This theme covers work on minimizing threats to future prosperity while reorienting development paradigms. Topics include climate change, disaster mitigation, conservation, green infrastructure and urbanization
  • Accountability:
    This theme covers work on ways to improve the quality of democratic governance and citizen participation. Topics include Open Data, transparency, rule of law, civil service reform, science of delivery and federalism.
  • Strategic Affairs:
    This theme covers work on global re-balancing of production, power and influence. Topics include the rise of China and India, international relations, LDC graduation and reform of international institutions.

The centers are responsible for developing research protocols and leading studies. The main products and activities are as follows:

  • Policy research papers and briefs;
  • High-level policy dialogues and advisory services;
  • Incubation of innovative ideas and project execution;
  • Development training, advocacy and communication;
  • Flagship annual/biannual international summits/forums