Ever since its establishment in 1963, the Institute has maintained this role and remained a pioneer in training of community development workers in the country In performing this role, the main functions of the Institute are; to carry out practical oriented programmes for higher and middle level community development workers; to conduct research and consultancy services on community development activities; so as to enable the community development workers to cope with the current development challenges both in rural and urban areas; and to produce basic training materials for community development practitioners in the institutes and in the field.

All these functions are related and geared to effective attainment of the Institute’s Mission and Vision in alignment with the National Strategy on Poverty Eradication in the country to offer degree courses.