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.


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.

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.


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.


Institute for Integrated Development Studies

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.

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