The IRDP provides training, research and consultancy services in the field of rural development planning. Its functions are described inter alia as
* to promote social and economic development by providing opportunities for the study of and training in the principles, techniques and their practical applications in all aspects of rural development planning.
* provide facilities places and centers of learning, education, training and research in rural development planning and such other related subjects and disciplines as the Council may from time to time decide
* to conduct training programmes in all disciplines related to rural development planning including the preparation, application and evaluation of development programmes. ... [according to site editor's information; editors ilissAfrica]