About Us

During more than three and half decades of its existence since its establishment in 1979, the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) has had a rewarding track record. IIDS has built a formidable reputation of a premier think tank for Nepal accomplishing its assigned tasks to research and advocacy. It was established with a vision to become Nepal’s leading nonpartisan private independent research institute committed to holistic and sustainable development based on human values. IIDS continues its pursuit towards achieving the following four objectives: (a) contribute to more informed public policy and action by conducting empirically based policy-oriented research on Nepal's economic and social development in national, regional and international contexts;(b) foster informed debate and discussion on key development issues facing the nation; (c) provide training and technical assistance for government and non-governmental agencies in areas of the Institute's expertise; and (d) facilitate access to and exchange of knowledge and experience with institutions and concerned stakeholders within and outside the country. Pursuant to the above-mentioned objectives, the Institute has been carrying out programmes and activities in areas of general research primarily focusing on economic issues and policy analysis. IIDS has successfully conducted more than 200 studies/surveys over these years  with major thrust in the following areas: macro economics, foreign aid, agriculture and rural development, food and nutrition, population and health, education, trade and energy, regional cooperation, women in development, poverty alleviation, conflict resolution and sustainable peace. One of the major objectives of IIDS is to provide short term training and technical assistance to governmental and non-governmental agencies in areas of institution's expertise.   Nevertheless the institute has not always been able to conduct such training in the past on a regular basis, even though a few trainings have been conducted on an adhoc basis. However, there is growing realization that IIDS should initiate conducting short term training on specific areas namely project monitoring and evaluation, project procurement, public policy analysis, and tools and methods applicable to policy analysis including econometric and statistical tools. Recently IIDS has successfully conducted training on STATA and Input Output and Social Accounting Matrix. Currently IIDS is organizing an in-house training on R Programming.

 With the promulgation of new constitution in Nepal in 2015, restructuring the policies around the new constitution's spirit is vital in order to attain the aspirations of people. Following the spirit of new constitution, IIDS has also initiated restructuring the institute with the establishment of four Centers and a School of Public Policy. That includes:

 

  1. Shared Growth: This covers work on the sources of long-term prosperity, and on removing the most binding policy obstacles. Themes include economic growth; trade, investment and entrepreneurship; infrastructure; migration and remittances; poverty and inequality; health and education. This also involves work on political and economic institutions in a newly federated Nepal, and ways to ensure effective service delivery across regions and ethno-social groups.

 

  1. Resilience and Sustainability: This covers the existing hazards and emerging threats, environmental and otherwise, that need to be addressed to protect achievements, and to sustain progress in the future. This includes disaster preparedness, adapting to climate change, and the multitude of themes covered by the Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030).

 

  1. Geo-strategic Affairs: Nepal’s unique location has to be harnessed for prosperity. Half the world lives and works within six hours of flight from Kathmandu. The rapid rise of China and India, Nepal's immediate neighbors, needs to be leveraged for economic opportunity. This will require informed economic diplomacy to boost trade, investment and tourism and to take advantage of regional growth poles, shared production and agglomeration.

 

  1. Human Development and Innovation: This Center aims to investigate education and human development issues, transparently communicate relevant findings and information to all stakeholders, and help build ‘national agenda’ for innovation and reforms in education and human development.  The overall objective would be to help produce creative, effective, and socially responsible citizens who are capable of leading the nation and the region towards greater economic prosperity and social development.

  2. Public Policy: After the promulgation of the new constitution last year, Nepal is likely to undergo huge social, economic and political changes as it seeks to restructure its polity around new constitutional mandate. New federal and provincial institutions will require leaders who are well trained in designing and implementing policies. There is a need of a public policy school to expose Nepali leaders, thinkers, and policy makers on development diplomacy and leadership. We envision a premier regional public policy school that will train Nepali and South Asian leaders in understanding region's needs and in designing well suited policies.