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The Graduate Institute of Development Studies (GIDS, French: Institut universitaire d’études du développement, IUED) was a graduate school in Geneva, Switzerland focusing on development studies. Created in 1961 as the Institut Africain de Genève (African Institute of Geneva), GIDS's stated goal was to promote teaching and research concerning international development and to encourage students from the Global South.

The GIDS trained several generations of development activists in Switzerland and in the world (including at PhD level after 1995) and was at the center of a huge international network. Very active in concrete development projects, the GIDS was also known in the francophone world for proposing an alternative and a critical view of development aid and world affairs [7], as well as for its journal, the Cahiers de l'IUED. It was also among the pioneer institutions in Europe for the intellectual development of the sustainable development perspective. Among its directors were Roy Preiswerk, Pierre Bungener, Jacques Forster (actual head of IHEID Foundation Board), Jean-Luc Maurer and Michel Carton. GIDS was attached to, but independent of, the University of Geneva.

GIDS and the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) are now integrated in a new institution, since the beginning of 2008, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). The new Institute combines the fields of development and international relations and offers a much wider choice of teaching and research activities. The degree programmes of each previous institution (master's and Ph.D. in development studies, master's in international affairs, master's and Ph.D. in international studies) continue to be offered by the new combined institution.

Prominent graduates

  • Duarte Pio, Portuguese Duke of Braganza and claimant to the throne of Portugal
  • Juan Gasparini, Argentinian journalist and writer
  • Carlos Lopes, Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and Assistant-Secretary General to the United Nations
  • Alpha Oumar Konaré, ex-president of Mali.
  • François Lumumba, son of ex-Congo president.
  • Celia Guevara, sister of the Che.
  • Rudolf Ramsauer, EconomieSuisse.
  • Nicolas Imboden, diplomat and manager at SGS.
  • Dominique Biedermann, Foundation Ethos.
  • Esther Mamarbachi, journalist.
  • Antonio Hodgers, conseiller national, Berne.

Prominent faculty

  • Cruz Melchor Eya Nchama
  • Gilbert Rist
  • Jean Ziegler, Swiss sociologist
  • Jacques Forster
  • Pierre Bungener
  • Jean-Pierre Gontard
  • Fabrizio Sabelli
  • Jacques Grinevald
  • Riccardo Bocco
  • Isabelle Milbert
  • Marc Hufty
  • Jean-Luc Maurer
  • Jean-Michel servet
  • Rolf Steppacher
  • Daniel Fino
  • Marie-Dominique Perrot
  • Christian Comeliau
  • Yvonne Preiswerk
  • Ariane Deluz
  • Andras November
  • Gérald Berthoud
  • Claude Auroi
  • Giorgio Blundo
  • Isabelle Schulte-Tenkhoff
  • Alessandro Monsutti
  • Jean-Daniel Rainhorn
  • Jean-Pierre jacob
  • Ronald Jaubert
  • Philippe Regnier
  • Yvan Droz
  • Pape Diouf
  • François Piguet
  • Christophe Golay
  • Christophe Gironde
  • Antoine Kernen
  • Fenneke Reysoo
  • Michel Carton
  • Gérard Peroulaz
  • Christine Verschuur
  • Gilles Carbonnier
  • Pascal van Griethuysen

External links

  • Official website
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