Our Activities

RESEARCH:

This is aimed at ensuring that the University is constantly exploring and generating information, analysis and offering advice on key development issues. The Institute’s research agenda is in two major areas. One is scholarly research that contributes to global discourses of development. It is therefore concerned to shape the analytical frames, especially from a contextual perspective that is relevant to the Nigerian environment. In this sense therefore, the Institute’s research is a critical one of interrogating dominant development theories. The second trajectory of research is policy oriented. This sort of research both assesses with hindsight and is proactive in the way it envisages and judges policy implications so that relevant authorities may work towards the mitigation of negative effects on citizens. This is done with the aim of providing empirical data towards proper policy designs for development to take place based on our local realities.

TRAINING:

The Institute is recently saddled with responsibility of training sub-degree programmes and post graduate Diploma programmes in Mass Communication; International Relations and Strategic Studies; Election Administration; Social Works and Development Studies; as well as Diploma in Industrial Design with specialization in either of the following: Glass Technology; Industrial Design; Laboratory Glass Blowing; Graphics Design and Illustration, Ceramics, Textiles Design and Reproduction; Textile Fashion Design.

THE NETWORKS:

The Networks function as the research hub of the Institute. There are seven Networks as follows: Governance, Democracy and Security, Environment and Livelihoods; Education and Development; Arts, Culture land Development; Health and Development; Science and Life; and Information and communication Technology (ICT). Each network is led by a senior scholar who gives direction to the conception and design of the research interests and activities of the members. The Networks organize seminars and dialogues on areas of their thematic focus. The seek links with other scholars in the same area of share ideas and skills.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS, AND PROFESSIONAL & ACADEMIC BOARD:

There shall be Board of Governors (BOG) for the Institute which should meet at least once a year, subject to the overall control and direction of the Council and to any regulations made by the Senate. There shall be Professional and Academic Board that should meet at least three times annually, subject to the overall control and direction of the BOG, and to any regulations made by the Senate, the Professional and Academic Board. Details of the composition of these Boards and their functions are contained in the Ahmadu Belo University Laws and Statutes.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS OF IDR & T IN TERMS OF TEACHING, RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.

Conducted research on the following thematic areas:

(i) “Nigeria Governance and Corruption Survey Study: Analysis of Survey Results”; held November, 2001.

(ii) “Gender and Education Disparity in the Northern States” held early in 2014 for the British Council.

Hosted the conferences leading to the following publications:

(i) Proceedings of the Conference on Politics and Political Power Relations in 2003.

(ii) Sustainable Agricultural Development in Northern Nigeria: Proceedings of the National Conference on ‘Problems and Prospects of Agricultural Development in the Northern States of Nigeria’ held in Zaria, Nigeria in 2005.

(iii) Revitalizing Universities in Africa: Strategies for the 21st Century; Public lecture No. 1; held November, 1998.

(iv) The State of the Nation; Public Lecture No.2 held on 29th April, 1999.

(v) Problems and Prospects of Industrialization in Nigeria; Public lecture 3 held in 2004.

(vi) Programmes of Sustainable Development Research at IDR/ABU Zaria: Prospects for Collaboration with Postgraduate Students and other Researchers; held in October, 2005.

b) NUMBER OF JOURNALS PUBLISHED DURING THE SESSION.

Work in Progress.

c) PROJECTS, ON-GOING AND COMPLETED WITHIN THE SESSION.

Repositioning of IDR & T to assume its new responsibilities and for better performance.

Signed on relationship with Centre for Black African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC).

• About to sign-on a relationship with International Institute for Policy Review and Development Strategies (IIPRDS), UK.

 

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