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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.

Our Vision

To become Nepal’s leading non-partisan, private independent research institute committed to holistic and sustainable development based on human values.

Our Mission

  1. 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
  2. Foster informed debate and discussion on key development issues facing the nation
  3. Provide training and technical assistance for government and non-governmental agencies in areas of the Institute's expertise
  4. Facilitate access to and exchange of knowledge and experience with institutions and concerned stakeholders within and outside the country


Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) was established on 25 November 1990 as a successor to the Integrated Development Systems or IDS (established in 1979). IIDS has built a prodigious reputation as a premier think tank in Nepal, accomplishing its assigned tasks in research and advocacy.  Over these years, IIDS has successfully conducted more than 300 studies/surveys with major thrust in areas such as: macro-economics, foreign aid, agriculture and rural development, food and nutrition, population and health, education, trade and energy, regional co-operation, women in development, poverty alleviation, conflict resolution and sustainable peace. It pivots on informing public policy through empirical research, building capacity of government agencies, and facilitating exchange of knowledge and experience across institutions within and outside Nepal.

Organizational Structure

Due to rapid changes in the political, economic and social context, a fast globalizing environment, new data availability (including big data derived from numerous technology platforms), a need for deeper research and policy development across and within sectors was recognized. Thus, with an intention to consolidate and focus its operations around specific priority themes in order to ensure deeper analysis for exploring effective and innovative policy options, IIDS has proposed four Centers to achieve its objectives in an aligned and integrated manner, out of which Center for Human Development and Innovation has started functioning full-fledgedly. IIDS going forward would categorize its projects / research works under the scope of operation of different Centers complementing the individual Center's rationale.


Funded generously through a Ford Foundation endowment, IIDS has awarded tens of scholarships for promising young Nepali students. The most recent awardee is as follows:

Name: Ritika Rana, PhD Candidate at Kathmandu University

Research: "Nexus Between Agriculture Transition, Feminization and Empowerment: A Comparative Analysis on Women's Involvement in Food Crop and Cash Crop Production in Sindhuli District."

Date: 2016-2018

Partner Organizations

Overall, CHDI envisions a future in which the potential and creativity of all people, especially the young, are optimally expressed to promote individual well-being and socio-economic progress.

The Center for Human Development and Innovation (CHDI) provides a platform to bring together theory and practice, research and application, and partnerships between practitioners and academia to help address the most complex education, training/ skilling, and human development challenges facing Nepal and the South Asia region.  It seeks to set a gold standard for research and policy analysis, communication and advocacy, implementation support and leadership development in the region.  It also seeks to contribute to new global knowledge on what works, how to scale up cost-effective solutions, and how to unblock challenges for effective implementation and impact.