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​



​Early Childhood Matters interviews Institute for Human Development Director Dr Kofi Marfo

"The courage to admit to the limits of our knowledge" - a conversation.


Research_image.jpg​Opportunities for Post-Doctoral Research Fellows and Graduate Research Assistants

As the Institute’s portfolio of grant-funded projects expands, we expect graduate research assistantship and post-doctoral research fellowship positions to become available. We are creating a database of potential candidates for these positions.

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On 2nd November, from 11:30 to 1:00 pm EST, the World Bank will launch 2 reports that should be of interest to many of us. The first is a systematic review on “Impacts of Early Childhood Interventions” undertaken by the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) at the Bank. The other is “World Bank Support to Early Childhood Development.” Anyone can sign in to listen to the launch and even ask questions. The panelists for the 90-minute programme includes IHD Director Professor Kofi Marfo, who will be participating from Prague.

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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.