- Country: La Paz, Bolivia
- Date Established: 2008
- Executive Director: Beatriz Muriel
- Research areas: Development, Economics, Environment & Natural Resources, Evaluation, Social Policy
The Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD) is an independent organization promoting scientific research on themes relevant to developing countries, and particularly to Bolivia. The Institute conducts research in a wide variety of areas, including education, public health, migration, social mobility, globalization and aid effectiveness.
INESAD was founded on the conviction that social and economic transformation must come from within, and that development research must be led by those who live daily with the problems of under-development. It therefore aims to construct a space that gives present and future generations of Bolivian researchers access to the resources, tools and inspiration needed to conduct high quality, relevant scientific research necessary to help improve public policies.
Although INESAD’s approach is dominated by economic method, its research focuses on the intersection of economic, social and environmental issues. As a result, it is building a multi-disciplinary team that has enthusiasm for exploring new borders, collaborating both within the team and with institutions that have different focuses but common interests practical solutions.
INESAD has conducted research projects for agencies of the Government of Bolivia, as well as for multilateral organisations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Andean Development Cooperation (CAF), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) and the World Bank, and for research centres such as the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Bolivian Strategic Research Program (PIEB) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). It supports its research assistants in completing their theses, post-graduate and doctoral work and strengthens its institutional networks by encouraging students and researchers worldwide to work as visiting researchers.