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Welcome to The Institute for Social Development

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The ISD is a research institute with a long-standing and successful postgraduate programmes in Development Studies. The research undertaken and courses offered focus on the social and economic challenges developing countries have to meet in order to transform successfully. 



Acting Director: Dr Razack Karriem​

The Institute for Social Development is a Research Institute recognised among the top South Africa centres for research and teaching in Development Studies

The institute offers Honours, Postgraduate, and Advance research programmes that prepare students for careers   in public leadership. Our excellent facilities offer conducive environment for students’ learning and networking. Since its establishment, more than 1 000 students and researchers have received quality trainings and empowerment allowing them to occupy leadership positions in top international and national development organisations. 

The institute receives support from key global partners to engage in extensive research work for governments and international agenciesISD draws on the unique strengths of its professional staffs drawn from multidisciplinary fields who forge new ways of thinking to shape today’s development policies for t​he improvement of people’s lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   







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