Our Mission and Approach
The State University of New York's Center for International Development is a leading university based international development center enhancing knowledge and practice of governance and policy making world wide. The Center is part of the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, a national leader in public affairs education. The Center draws upon the extensive intellectual and technical resources from the State University of New York and serves as a key component of the university's overall commitment to excellence in international education, cross-cultural exchange, and sustainable development. The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 413,000 students in 6,688 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.
We are dedicated to assisting governments and private organizations improve their decision making and services by providing outstanding technical assistance and research. Our approach is rooted in integrated development. It is cross-national and interdisciplinary, working as part of a global network of scholars, technical experts, government officials, and community organizations, citizens and leaders to promote sustainability. Working with diverse communities has enabled the Center to remain abreast of current academic and practical approaches to strengthening democracy, governance and civil society; and economic development on five continents. In our work we aim to satisfy the highest possible standards for the integrity of our methods, objectivity of our approach and practical utility of our results.
The Center has worked with the US Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development, the World Bank, the US Department of State, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Andrew W. Mellon, Tinker, Ford, and Soros Foundations, among other organizations. It has been operating field offices on five continents and has implemented more than $186 million in international development projects over the past quarter century.
We are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse staff with the highest technical, management, and entrepreneurial skills. We work in a university community of mutual respect and continuous learning that fosters creativity and high performance.