The African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) is a Pan-African Institution created in 1962 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Newly independent African countries felt the urgent need to build-up domestic human capital as a necessity for sustaining independence and promoting socio-economic development. IDEP was then given the mandate to train policy makers and development professionals, to provide advisory services for African governments and regional organisations, to promote original thinking and research on Africa’s policy issues, to become a centre of excellence with full intellectual freedom that will lead the debate on African development issues and uphold the economic independence of African countries.
This Pan-African Institute began its operations on 21 November 1963. The first Statute of the Institute was approved by ECA resolution 93 (VI) of 27 February 1964 and its first Governing Council elected in November 1964. The present Statute was adopted by ECA resolution 350 (XII) on 27 March 1979, and subsequently by the UN General Assembly at its 34th session. IDEP is a subsidiary body of the ECA and, over the years, has maintained a close working relationship with its parent organization.
The headquarters of IDEP is in Dakar, Senegal. It is conveniently located in the centre of the city, behind the National Assembly and close to most Government Ministries and UN Agencies.
The 53 member States of the Institute are the following: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe.
IDEP's organizational structure consists of the following:
The IDEP Governing Council of 20 members, inter alia, lays down the general principles and policies governing the functioning of the Institute and approves the work programme and budget. The Governing Council meets once every two years to review IDEP’s performance report and to approve the programs and plans. It selects from its members an Executive Committee of five (5) persons.
The Executive Committee: It is a new governing body of IDEP and reports to the Governing Council. It meets twice a year to monitor the implementation of programs and the decisions of the Governing Council. It also gives guidance to the Director in his management of the Institute. It is composed as follows: the Chairperson of the Governing Council; One representative of the governments; One representative of the three regional organizations; One representative of the private sector; One representative of Civil Society; and The Director of the Institute.
The Advisory Board: The Advisory Board is expected to provide IDEP with sound intellectual guidance with respect to its substantive programs in research, training and advisory services and help promote and strengthen the Institute’s visibility and scientific credibility. It meets at least once a year. Its new composition is as follows: The Director of IDEP as the Chairman; The Deputy Director of IDEP; One Senior Lecturer of IDEP; five Professors appointed from the five geographical sub-regions of the continent; and three Professors of appropriate university disciplines from outside Africa, one from industrialized countries, one from Latin America and one from Asia.
Management and Administrative units of the Institute are: Office of the Director; Deputy Director; Research Division; Training Division; Consultancy/Advisory Services Division; Administration and Finance Division (which incorporates Personnel and Registry, General Services, Finance and Accounts); Library and Publications Services; Interpretation/Translation and Conference Services Section.
In order to carry out its mandate and accumulate in-house expertise, IDEP is strengthen its professional staff by hiring several economists, specialists in other social sciences and general support staff with capacity for administrative and financial management.
IDEP has prepared a plan for the upgrade of its computing and telephone facilities, further automatization of its financial and administrative services and advanced computer training for all its staff.
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