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.