Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

The Graduate Institute is an institution of research and higher education (Master and PhD). Selective and cosmopolitan, it is located in the heart of International Geneva and specialises in the study of the major global, international and transnational challenges facing the contemporary world. It also offers professional development programmes and expertise to international actors from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The Graduate Institute’s history dates back to 1927, the time of the League of Nations, when it was created as the first institution in the world dedicated entirely to the study of international affairs. The year 1961 saw the birth of the Institute for Development Studies (known at the time as the African Institute), a pioneer in the field. In 2008, the two institutes decided to unite under the same roof, thereby combining the study of international relations and development in a unique way.

The Graduate Institute is accredited by the Swiss Government and receives funding from the Confederation and the Canton of Geneva. It is managed by a private foundation and governed by a regulatory framework with a strong emphasis on efficiency. The Graduate Institute’s strategy is articulated around public-private partnerships supported by leading patrons and foundations to whom we should like to extend our sincere gratitude.

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Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

What can Colombia can learn from other nations' transitions, both successful and unsuccessful, from war to peace?
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Repatriating refugees is Kenya’s only answer. But it needs help

Maintaining a large refugee population when the country is struggling to deal with its own challenges is a big ask
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France’s economic sickness might defy a cure

The news from France has not been good over the last few years. Poor economic growth, stubbornly high unemployment, plant closures on the rise, strikes (not new, really), voter disenfranchisement and the…

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