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About the Institute


The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) was established in 1982 as ZIDS (Zimbabwe Institute of Development Studies). It was set up as a statutory body mandated to undertake policy-oriented research and spearheading policy discussions and debates in line with Government objectives.

In 1990 ZIDS was incorporated into the University of Zimbabwe (as IDS), a development that led to the new institution taking additional academic roles such as teaching and students’ supervision. IDS has restructured its work in the last 2 years (2010-2012) in line with new global and national developments The new focus is on intense research programmes, postgraduate supervision and mentorship as well as organizing development dialogue Public Lectures and Seminar series that seek to address the emerging socio-economic challenges.

Our Vision

Our vision is to have a prosperous Africa that is underpinned by self- determination, good governance, equitable distribution of resources and sustainable socio-economic development programs.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create knowledge and networks that contribute to the process of sustainable development in Africa as well as provide platforms for sharing that knowledge.

Our Strategy

(We believe that Zimbabwe and Africa have sufficient intellectual and resource capacity to pull their people out of poverty and into prosperity. In order to facilitate sustainable development, we provide platforms for developing and sharing development ideas between Africa and the rest of the world. The platforms are in the form of research studies, symposia, seminars, workshops, conferences, exchange visits etc.)


IDS library is the only post-graduate library at the UZ, supporting a large and diverse academic and development community, extending even outside the UZ. It contains the largest collection of economic and social development materials in Zimbabwe; resources that cover the scholarship of teaching, learning, research and development.

The library has an e-repository of development research from the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex)[1]. They can be accessed via the UZ library link or through the IDS Sussex digitial library link under the Creative Commons Licence. : All the research outputs by IDS since its inception in 1983 are now available in digital form. The library is promoting the advancement of the Open Access initiative which has become one of the major blue prints for UZ library services.

The library through the electronic resources helps researchers to promote productivity. The researchers can integrate the e-resources into their proposals, articles and reports regardless of their location.

The library has a collection of:

  • Books
  • Monographs
  • Journals
  • Ephemeral literature on development issues
  • E- resources which can be accessed via the Main library website

The library services include:

  •  Electronic Information services
  • Internet facilities are available to library users
  • Document delivery
  • Bibliographic searches
  • Training facilities on Personal Information Management using Mendeley, Information literacy Skills training and online searching.

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday   8:00:12:45- 2:00-4:30 pm

Friday   8:00- 12:45 2:00-4:00 pm

Closed Weekends and Public Holidays


In our endeavor to find sustainable development solutions for Africa, we work with a wide range of partners including other academic institutions, Government, civil society organizations, private sector, development partners and the grass-roots people

Projects and outputs

We carry out development-oriented research is diverse areas like

  • agriculture & food security,
  • health,
  • labour, entrepreneurship & employment,
  • regional integration & international trade as well as
  • governance and democracy.

We understand that development challenges that Zimbabwe and Africa are facing are not peculiar to them only; other countries have faced similar challenges but were able to effectively deal with them. As such, IDS plays a leading role in facilitation knowledge and technology transfer and our development dialogue forum (DDF) is an effective tool towards this goal.

 Our current priorities centre around building knowledge for the revival of the Zimbabwean economy. IDS plays a crucial role in generating and providing information that shapes the recovery process; including:

  • Analysing the country’s value and supply chains (Agriculture, mining, industry, tourism, health and education);
  • Employment, labour, socio-economic development;
  • Informal economy and entrepreneurship;
  • Regional integration and international trade.

Student mentorship

We involve students when carrying out our work so that they get “hands-on experience” in whatever we do. In addition, we offer research-based post-graduate MPhil and DPhil research supervision to both national and international students.

 Development Dialogue Forum

We are the lead institution at the UZ organizing policy dialogue forums on issues related to national development in Zimbabwe. The dialogue series reach out to national, regional and international players in as far as drawing global experience is concerned.

 Research review and book launch

We organize research review and book launch seminars for the academia.

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