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The Institute for Development Studies will host the IDS@50 Conference from 18 to 21 November 2015 at the University of Nairobi.

The overall theme of the conference is: 'Rethinking Development and Development Studies in the Post-2015 Era'.

The conference is deliberately set to take advantage of the convergence of intellectual and policy initiatives around the post-2015 development debates, to review their trajectory, and discuss new or different ways of thinking about development in Africa. The conference will be organized around five thematic areas:

  1. Development thinking and practice: a retrospective and prospective look;
  2. Democracy and development dilemmas;
  3. Mobility, access and urbanisation processes in Africa;
  4. Peacebuilding in Africa: towards a new architecture;
  5. Africa's changing economies and demography

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Nairobi was established in 1965 as part of the then University of East Africa. Since its inception, IDS has carried out research on issues of developmental concern to Kenya and Africa, collaborating with partners globally to produce knowledge and to influence policy and practice. The theme of the conference is in line with the core mandate of the Institute for the last fifty years, which has focused on the study of development from a people-centred perspective.

There will be a series of public lectures and other events including presentations by the Afrobarometer team. Attendeees will have the opportunity to learn more about our research. Click here for more.