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Welcome to The Institute for Social Development



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 offers 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 agencies.

ISD 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 the improvement of people’s lives.

Acting Director of the Institute: Dr. Sharon Penderis







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