Human Development


This thematic area examines issues affecting the quality of life in Africa. The research and teaching agenda stresses the links between human well-being and achievement of development goals.


Head of Thematic Area:

Dr. Paul Kuria Kamau:





Members of Thematic Area:






















  • Dr. Radha Upadhyaya













On-going projects:

  1. Chronic Poverty Research in Kenya


Past Projects:

  1. Gender and Decentralization in Africa
  2. Healthy Futures
  3. HIV/AIDS Survey
  4. Migration Labour Markets Study
  5. Gender Culture and women in the lake victoria fish trade
  6. Child Labour Study


Degree Programmes:

Master of Arts in Development Studies


Course Units:

CDS 621:  Issues In Human Resource Development

CDS 622:  Health And Development

CDS 623:  Population And Development

CDS 624:  Education And Development

CDS 625:  Nutrition And Development

CDS 501:  Development Management Theory

CDS 502:  Development Management Practice

CDS 503:  Research Foundations

CDS 504:  Research Methods And Computer Applications


Possible Career Opportunities:

  1. Program Officer/Manager
  2. Human Resource Development Expert
  3. Monitoring and Evaluation Expert
  4. Development Advisor
  5. Academic Profession
  6. Consultant



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The Institute for Development Studies
University of Nairobi

P.O. Box 30197
Nairobi, Kenya.

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Tel : 254 -020 -318262 Ext 28177 or

Cell phone : 254-772 114655


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