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On 19 November 2015, the VREF-supported ACET (African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-Motorised Transport) launched a book: Paratransit in African cities: Operations, regulation and reform. The launch was hosted by the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi, as part of a conference celebrating IDS’ 50-year jubilee.


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From Right to Left: The IDS Director Prof  Winnie Mitullah, UoN Deputy Vice Chancellor (AA), Prof  Henry Mutoro and former IDS Directors Prof  Dorothy McCormick and Prof  Patrick Alila cut a cake to celebrate IDS’s 50th Anniversary.


University of Nairobi, Main campus, VC Palour
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The Institute for Development Studies (IDS)is celebrating 50 years
of its existence. With the Society for International Development, the
Institute plans to hold a symposium to explore the historical and future
relationship of the Institution and public benefits organisations in
building accountable Governments and active citizens.

The symposium will take place at 2-5pm on Tuesday, 17th November 2015, at

University of Nairobi, Main Campus,Education Building - ED 213
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The Institute for Development Studies, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) will host a panel discussion entitled: “Overly Optimistic? The Pulse on Africa’s Changing Economies and Demography.”

University of Nairobi, Main Campus, Education Building, Education Building (ED 213)
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University of Nairobi’s 844 Hall
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