The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) is a research department established in 1973 with the general objective of participating in national and international efforts to identify and understand the processes and mechanisms of development. It is also to contribute to the stock of information needed by policymakers and administrators in solving development problems.
The Institute runs both academic and career-oriented programmes. These a MPhil and PhD in Development Studies and MPhil in Peace and Development Studies, MA in Development Management several MA sandwich programmes including Environmental Management and Policy,; Democracy, Governance, Law and Development;, Governance and Sustainable Development; MA in Peace and Development Studies, MA Human Resource Development and MA in Human Resource Management. Other programmes of the Institute are Postgraduate Certificate in Labour Policy Studies, Diploma in Labour Studies (sandwich), and Certificate in Labour Studies, which is run in conjunction with the Ghana Labour College in Accra.
The vision of the Institute is to become an Institute of excellence in development research, consultancy, teaching, documentation and policy outreach.
The Institute shall be a development think-tank and first point of call for local and international development researchers and practitioners as well as development educators.
The general objective of the Institute is be to provide opportunities for research in the general problems of socio-economic development.
The specific objectives are to: