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About King's International Development Institute

King’s International Development Institute (IDI) focuses on “emerging economies,” both to explore the sources of their success as well as understand the major development challenges they continue to face. The fast growing and changing societies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East raise new questions about national development and promoting sustainable and equitable growth. In turn, they offer vital lessons for each other, for poorer economies, and even for the developed West. 

The Institute has three themes:

The comparative investigation of emerging economies

King’s IDI looks at rising economic powers like the BRIC countries (Brazil, India, Russia and China), as well as other successful economies such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey and South Korea. King’s IDI asks what these countries have done that is distinctive and new. But, IDI staff also explore whether these changes are enduring and examine the ongoing challenges of national development facing these nations.

The examination of how emerging economies promote equitable development

Rapidly developing countries wrestle with old, vexing problems even as economic and social change creates new ones. King’s IDI focuses on promoting equitable and inclusive development: addressing poverty and inequality, supporting the new middle classes, and creating social policies that support long-term equitable growth, particularly for the health and education sectors and environmental sustainability.

The lessons to be drawn on by poorer regions and nations

King’s IDI looks at emerging economies for policy innovations and solutions that may offer lessons for poorer regions and nations. King’s IDI incorporates teaching and research on this theme through two specific academic centres, the African Leadership Centre and the Global Health Centre.  The ALC is generating innovative ways to support ‘home-grown’ leadership talent through a deepening of both the practical policy and theoretical knowledge necessary for development leadership. The GHP focuses on the practical challenges of improving the delivery of health care in poor African nations, grounded in theoretical understanding of health care policy and systems in the process of development.

King’s IDI also integrates with key development themes in departments such as Geography, Political Economy, and History. 

The King's International Development Institute and its Centres are part of a cluster of Global Institutes at King's College London, founded to lead the College's strategy of international engagement (click here to find out more about King's International Strategy) and service, and dedicated to furthering the College's international profile through scholarship, research and policy solutions of relevance to the world's most dynamic and complex regions. The activities of the Institute, like that of the other Global Institutes, link across the range of academic, professional, and other services at King's, to develop relationships with international partners and so further King's commitment to developing research that speaks directly to global questions and needs.  to find out more about King's International Strategy) and service, and dedicated to furthering the College's international profile through scholarship, research and policy solutions of relevance to the world's most dynamic and complex regions. The activities of the Institute, like that of the others, link across the range of academic, professional, and other services at King's, to develop relationships with international partners and so further King's commitment to developing research that speaks directly to global questions and needs. 

 

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