The International Development Institute- Africa is a private value- based knowledge enterprise of excellence providing a wide range of consultancy, research, training and policy analysis services in health and development. IDIA was first established as Africa Health and Development (AHEAD) Management Services in 2002 to provide solutions to Africa’s problems of poor leadership, ill heath, poverty and underdevelopment. Over the years, IDIA has provided services in over 25 countries in the East, Central and Southern Africa Region



Our primary focus is the continent of Africa. The countries where IDIA has experience include among others Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


IDIA is a body corporate registered in the Republic of Kenya as a technical, training, policy and research institution under the Companies Act Cap 486. The decision-making authority of IDIA vests in the Board of Directors supported by an International Advisory Board consisting of eminent professionals and development practitioners from the academia, business, industry, civil society and public sectors. The International Advisory Board regularly audits the quality of the academic and research programs of the Institute. The Academic Board ensures continuous review, improvement and expansion of the training and academic programs in accordance with the law and market demands.


IDIA is founded on Christian principles and values that promote application of knowledge to societal transformation and service to humanity. IDIA’s character is demonstrated by its commitment to advancing positive knowledge, fostering positive learning, nurturing responsible and transformational leaders and fostering sustainable development with excellence and integrity.