Institute for Human Development

​Institute for Human Development


​From the Director

Understanding and supporting the development of people in the day-to-day contexts in which they live and experience their multiple worlds are fundamental to any society’s hope of attaining a high quality of life and well-being for its citizens. The Institute for Human Development (IHD) is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge with direct relevance for policies, programs, and practices that enhance life experiences at all stages of human development.  In its foundational years, the Institute seeks particularly to become a major instrumental agent, locally as well as globally, for advancing knowledge about the earliest years of children’s development and harnessing such knowledge for the purposes of shaping policies and interventions that ensure a strong start in life for all children wherever they may live.​​

Kofi Marfo​
Director, Institute for Human Development​



AKU conducts training on Lives Saved Tool in Afghanistan

The Aga Khan University and UNICEF, Afghanistan are working together to overcome obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.


Mucherah_Winnie81x81.jpgProfessor Winnie Mucherah joins IHD as scholar-in-residence, May 11 to June 26, 2015,​ thanks to the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme, Institute of International Education & Quinnipiaq University. Prof Mucherah comes to us from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA. ​

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Presentations from IHD's Colloquium Series on Research are now available for downloading.

IHD's Inaugural Conf​erence and 
Launch took place ​in February 2015.