§ Mr. Hamling
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what progress he has to report on the work of the Institute of Development Studies.
§ Mr. Prentice
The Institute was founded in 1966. It now has an academic staff of 35, with library, administrative and secretarial support numbering 25.
As part of its training activities, the Institute has to date run 10 study seminars on problems of current importance in the developing world, which have been attended by over 200 senior people from abroad. In addition, a number of short courses for British Government officials concerned with overseas development have been held.
On the research side, more than 20 projects have been started, of varying 4W lengths and complexity, all related to practical problems of development.
In addition to those two main elements in the Institute's work, staff have undertaken advisory assignments in developing countries, and have organised and participated in conferences.