The Graduate Institute of Development Studies was started in 2013 to further the Vision of the Lahore School of Economics to find sustainable and equitable solutions to common global challenges through an inter-disciplinary and inclusive approach concentrating on development policy and practice in the developing world including Pakistan.
To stimulate an interdisciplinary approach to the study of development policy and practice with the objective of producing development professionals with a strong capacity to identify and respond to current economic, social and cultural challenges and to promote equitable and sustainable development in a period of rapid globalization and technological change.
The Institute aims to provide, through scientific inquiry and teaching, a comprehensive understanding of development as managed change, and the policy challenges it faces in the developing world in general and Pakistan in particular. It prepares students for both scholarly and practical purposes. In pursuit of this objective, GIDS offers a range of study options on development issues from an interdisciplinary perspective combined with a research agenda organized around themes of current concern. It aims to generate and disseminate knowledge that furthers understanding of the preconditions and change factors in developing contexts. Teaching and research at GIDS is designed to take place in-house as well as across the different faculties of the Lahore School of Economics.