The Development Studies and Research Institute (DSRI) was established in 1976 as specialized institute in development studies and research.Since its establishment, the DSRI has cooperated with a number of international institutions such as UNICEF,The University of Bonn, the Ford Foundation and The institute of social studies (ISS),The Hague,the last two being the largest and most important links of cooperation.

In 1979 the DSRI/ISS program of cooperation started with a three year program of teaching and research in regional development planning.This program was extended for three more years starting in 1982 with emphasis on regional research and planning as well as on institutionalization of the programs.

The DSRI gives special importance and encourages the co-operation of other similar national and international organizations, plus learning institutions working in the field of development studies and research.