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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.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Kathmandu University in April, 2016 which has consequently affiliated IIDS with the University. The major intention was to embed the think tank into a vibrant system of the University and to establish and operate the proposed premier Public Policy School in affiliation with the University.


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


  1. Contribute to more informed public policy and action by conducting empirical 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


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 created 4 functional centers- 1. Center for Human Development and Innovation; 2. Center for Shared Growth; 3. Center for Strategic Affairs and 4. Center for Resilience and Sustainability. IIDS going forward would categorize its projects/research works under the scope of operation of different Centers complementing the individual Center's rationale. All the Centers function independently under the supervision of the Executive Director and the overall guidance of Advisory Council and Governing Council of the Institute. The support services including the administration and finance, IT and data related services, library and external relations are located under the Executive Director's Office.

The centers are responsible to develop research protocols and lead the research studies by conceptualizing and designing research projects, writing reports, research articles, policy briefs and other research documents in their respective thematic areas. Nepal Economic Outlook, a flagship publication of the institute will be implemented by each center on a rotational basis depending upon the theme. The existing research personnel will be relocated to the centers depending upon their professional experience and expertise.


IIDS has a full-fledged library-cum-documentation center at its office premise. All the publication and data collected by IIDS have been carefully stored in the library for easy retrieval. A wide range of books on development issues are available in the library. Anyone can visit the library and can easily access the various literature available at the library premises. The library is open 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (9.00 am to 4.00 pm during winter) Monday through Friday. Further, few documents are also available for instant download through the internet.