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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’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.
  • Objectives
  • T hese include the following;
  • 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.
  • Function as a network platform, bringing together scholars from different disciplines and from various parts of the country to share ideas on development issues.
  • Stimulate debate and interrogation of policies, theories and practice to enliven the discourse of development and to enrich departmental teaching programs.
  • 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.
  • 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.