Institute for Development Policy and Management Archive

Scope and Content

Records of the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM). Currently these comprise an incomplete set of Board minutes, 1994-2003 (earlier minutes are believed lost); an incomplete set of institute newsletters, and some earlier promotional material.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1958/9, the University of Manchester introduced courses in public administration for overseas students. Most of these were civil servants undertaking an eight month course, which encompassed development planning and administrative practice. Initially this teaching was done without a formal departmental organisation, with courses co-ordinated by Arthur Livingston (1915-1990), with teaching provided by staff from departments including government, social administration,economics and extra-mural studies.

By the mid-1960s, a formal department was established (known as overseas administrative studies, later administrative studies for overseas visiting fellows), with its own staff to undertake teaching and research. Livingston took charge of the department and was later appointed professor of overseas administrative studies (1969-1983). The original eight month course formed the core of the Department's work, but a number of special courses and programmes were also developed. From the 1980s, there was a shift towards formal diplomas and masters degrees. Department staff were also active as consultants for a number of government and non-government agencies.

In 1987, the Department was re-established as the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM), headed by a Director. The change reflected a desire to establish Manchester as a centre for development studies, with a strong research ethos. Research expertise was developed in areas such as development finance, sub-Saharan agriculture, and personnel management in a development context. In 1995, IDPM became formally part of the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies. Currently, it is part of the School for Environment, Education and Development within the Faculty of Humanities.

The original department was based in the main John Owens building, before moving to 336 Oxford Road, and later to the Precinct Centre. In 2007, IDPM moved to new premises in the Arthur Lewis Building.

  • Paul Mosley 1987-1993
  • David Hulme 1993-1997
  • Colin Kirkpatrick 1997-2003
  • Philip Woodhouse 2003-2004

Access Information

Access restrictions apply to this collection; substantial portions of the Board minutes may be closed to public inspection and prior review will be required before to any part of these records is granted.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the UML to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals. Some items in this collection may be closed to public inspection in line with the requirements of the DPA. Restrictions/closures of specific items will be indicated in the catalogue.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the University Archives by IDPM in September 2006.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.


Further accruals expected, including post-2003 Board minutes.

Related Material

See also the Vice-Chancellor's file on the Department of Overseas Administrative Studies, 1961-1972 for information on the earlier history of the department; VCA/7/597. Annual reports can be found in the Reports of Council to Court up to 1996: UOP/2.

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