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    Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria

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Institute for Development Research & Training

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria

The Institute’s mission is to conduct cutting edge research into critical development issues in Nigeria. The University is keen that IDRT becomes a site for debates and policy dialogue that would contribute to shaping policy formulation and action in Nigeria.

The vision therefore is to contribute to shaping new thinking and practice of development that is beneficial to the poor, through establishing a body of knowledge that would transform thinking within academic institutions and in the development arena. In other words, it envisages a shift in development thinking to a more organic practice which taps its approach, meaning and outputs from local realities and sensibilities. Such knowledge would be usable by development implementers from Ministries through to NGOs and CBOs.

The Institute for Development Research and Training (IDRT) was established on July 1, 1998. It was established with the aim of undertaking cutting-edge research into development issues and problems that confront Nigeria specifically. However, in order to be part of a larger community of researchers, IDRT has interest in issues in the West Africa sub-region and in Africa as a whole. It is also an Institute with interest in global development issues and engages in collaborative research with counterpart institutes and centers in other parts of the world. In this way it becomes part of the development debates and discourses taking place globally. Additionally, it is responsible for conducting workshops, seminars, public lectures and conferences in the pursuit of this objective. In January, 2015, the Director of Academic Planning was directed to ensure the transfer of sub-degree programmes and post graduates Diploma programmes to institutes and centres in line with the directive given by Nigerian University Commission (NUC). Based on this meeting, an agreement was reached to transfer all the sub-degree programmes in the Faculties of Arts, and Social Sciences, as well as in the Urban and Regional Planning, to Institute for Development Research (IDR). Additionally, it is responsible for conducting workshops, seminars, public lectures and conferences in the pursuit of this objective. In January, 2015, the Director of Academic Planning was directed to ensure the transfer of sub-degree programmes and post graduates Diploma programmes to institutes and centres in line with the directive given by Nigerian University Commission (NUC). Based on this meeting, an agreement was reached to transfer all the sub-degree programmes in the Faculties of Arts, and Social Sciences, as well as in the Urban and Regional Planning, to Institute for Development Research (IDR). It was also agreed that the name of Institute for Development Research (IDR) be amended to accommodate the new responsibilities, hence, the name was changed to Institute for Development Research and Training (IDR&T). In an attempt to reposition the Institute to greater heights, and make it part of a larger community of researchers, it has initiated policies of collaboration with organizations with similar interests in the West Africa’s sub-region and in Africa as a whole in collaborative research with counterpart institutes and centres in other parts of the world .

At its inception in 1998, the IDR was designed to also take over the responsibilities of Centre for Nigerian Cultural Studies (CNCS) and Centre for Social and Economic Research (CSER) which were scrapped in January, 1998. It is important to note that these Centres had developed a multitude of professional programmes, publications and activities which greatly stamped them on the academic map of the country, region and to some extent the world as a whole. In part, the Institute inherited such assets including audio visual materials, museums and library collections of CNCS, CSER as well as the former School of Basic Studies libraries. However, IDR have had a period of relative stasis and decline since the proscription of the centres in January, 1998. The objective of creating the new institution in the form of the IDR was for it to also assume the responsibility for the promotion of academic excellence, and relevance, in terms of the most basic and primary responsibility of the University as an academic establishment i.e. Research and Development (R & D) matters.

In January, 2015, the Director of Academic Planning was directed to ensure the transfer of sub-degree programmes and post graduates Diploma programmes to institutes and centres in line with the directive given by Nigerian University Commission (NUC). Based on this meeting, an agreement was reached to transfer all the sub-degree programmes in the Faculties of Arts, and Social Sciences, as well as in the Urban and Regional Planning, to Institute for Development Research (IDR). It was also agreed that the name of Institute for Development Research (IDR) be amended to accommodate the new responsibilities, hence, the name was changed to Institute for Development Research and Training (IDR&T). In an attempt to reposition the Institute to greater heights, and make it part of a larger community of researchers, it has initiated policies of collaboration with organizations with similar interests in the West Africa’s sub-region and in Africa as a whole in collaborative research with counterpart institutes and centres in other parts of the world.

These include the following;

  1. Conduct research into burning development issues that impact on the lives of Nigerians in different parts of the country; but such research shall be especially sensitive to the needs of the University’s catchment areas.
  2. Function as a network platform, bringing together scholars from different disciplines and from various parts of the country to share ideas on development issues.
  3. Stimulate debate and interrogation of policies, theories and practice to enliven the discourse of development and to enrich departmental teaching programs.
  4. Organize development dialogues between stakeholders drawn from community, academia, government and the private sector in order to bring multi-sector thinking into policy formulation and implementation by government.
  5. Run a consultancy service that would allow the Institute and Ahmadu Bello University to generate income and at the same time to make input into the policy process by government.