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The main role of the support function is to provide logistical and other support to the research function. This is divided into four main areas of Information Technology, Finance, Library and Administration. The Program Coordinator heads the administration unit, whereas the IT Manager, Financial Administrator and the Chief Librarian heads IT, Finance and Library respectively. Currently there are 15 staff members carrying out this function.

Information Technology

Information Technology is an essential and key aspect of the institution's operation. The institute has a centralized computing environment that provides appropriate and effective infrastructure to facilitate the direction BIDPA wishes to embark upon as a research institution.

Headed by the IT Manager, the Information Technology unit is also responsible for the development and monitoring of the IT policy throughout the entire organization.


The main functions of the Library are:

  • to serve the needs of the researchers in the institute
  • to assist in the continuing capacity building for researchers
  • to act as a reference library for those seeking information mainly about economic issues, and,
  • to provide a repository in which the archives and manuscripts of the institute can be stored, arranged and made available to other researchers in a systematic fashion

The Library is open from 8.00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., from Monday to Friday, and reading facilities are available for reference and study. Membership of the Library is open to members of the general public: the completion of an application form entitles members to borrow books.


Finance is responsible for the co-ordination of the institute's planning and control processes and management of income and expenditure. The unit is headed by the Financial Administrator whose responsibility, amongst others is to ensure the smooth day to day operation of the unit.


The programme coordinator is the principal administrator of the institute. He is the head of this unit that is responsible for the delivery of recruitment, employment and development practices to meet the objectives of the institute and, as far as possible, the expectations and aspirations of staff. In addition, the unit is also tasked with the general outlook of the premises and its surroundings.
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