Global Association MDP


In an effort to reinforce the leadership and training of development professionals, the Earth Institute of Columbia University (Earth Institute) convened a group of twenty renowned scholars and practitioners from various disciplines, and formed the International Commission on Education for the Practice of Sustainable Development. The Commission began its work in early 2007 and had the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; its purpose was to identify concrete initiatives to support the emerging and multidisciplinary field of the "practice of sustainable development".

In the report launched in 2008, the Commission shared the ideas and recommendations that led to the development of the Masters in Development Practice (Master in Development Practice; MDP) programs.

The Commission found that, although existing graduate programs offer some subset of knowledge, there are no programs that systematically provide the relevant skills and fundamentals in health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences, and administration, while fostering the generation of practical through training based on field work.

Thus, the Masters in Development Practice recognizes that there is a deficit of professionals equipped to work on the challenges of sustainable development, including poverty reduction, conservation of biodiversity, disease control, mitigation of climate change and adaptation and creation of habitable and sustainable cities.

Today more than 20 recognized universities implement the same model of masters, and we are grouped in the Global Association of Masters in Development Practice, sharing knowledge, academic spaces and participating in global discussions on sustainable development.

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