The Center for Development Studies (CDS) at Birzeit University is a leading source of knowledge about Palestinian development.  It has a strong local and international reputation for the relevance of its work and as a valuable resource for development professionals, policymakers, scholars and students.

The CDS was established in 1997 as a research programme specializing in development studies.  The CDS aims to deepen and engage with the concept of development by offering theoretical and conceptual frameworks that place CDS at the center of the development debate.  The CDS reinforces theory with practice through its academic research and community-oriented activities which include seminars, workshops, survey research, evaluation studies, and needs-based assessments.

Having lived under occupation for more than 40 years, Palestinian society finds its right to development remains severely restricted.  The Center for Development Studies seeks to provide an institutional framework within which all development-related issues can be considered, researched and discussed with a view to providing practical guidance and assistance to relevant decision makers.

The Centre works in coordination with various local and international institutions on a number of academic research projects in development.  It is also involved in community-based projects that aim to empower marginalized groups and integrate them into the development process. The Center’s activities are supervised by a committee of academic and administrative staff members from Birzeit University who provide it with both technical and academic support.