The Institute of Development Research (IDR) is a pioneer development research institute in Ethiopia, and has been carrying out and promoting development research, teaching and research in social sciences since 1972. The research priorities of IDR have always been made to reflect the development priorities of the country. The Institute aims to collect and analyse socio-economic data on development problems, and conduct multi-disciplinary socio-economic research that has development implications and to disseminate the results through publications and other fora. The IDR is currently involved in the following programmes:
Rural Development, Livelihoods, and Food Security Program
Social/Human Development Program
Environment, Technology Development and Natural Resource Management Program
Macro and Meso Policy Studies Program.
The Institute also co-operates with and provides consultancy services to government agencies and other organisations on questions falling within the functional sphere and capability of the IDR The website contains information on the various activities of the IDR, detailed information about the programmes and projects, a description of the organisation, as well as links to information on the Addis Ababa University, where it is based.