About the Centre for Global Development (CGD)
The Centre's vision is to work collaboratively and extend the practice of community development beyond the Fraser Valley region into the global context. To this end, the CGD promotes and encourages research and programs on sustainable human and community development in order to facilitate positive change. In concert with Canada's development priorities, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and international human rights standards, the Centre focuses on these key areas:
1. Good governance, peace, justice and strong institutions
2. Children and development
3. Environmental sustainability
4. Education and training
5. Food security
6. Gender equality
A review of the recent activities of the Centre's associates and the students highlights the considerable expertise already gathered at the Centre and the potential for further collaboration and development in the four key areas mentioned above.
The Centre for Global Development has articulated four major objectives:
- To facilitate, support, and engage student and faculty research in the four strategic areas of development
- To create effective partnerships with communities, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in order to maximize internship and research opportunities for students
- To make policy recommendations to governments and NGOs to facilitate change, and to advocate on behalf of those living in poverty
- To support and strengthen the Global Development Studies program
These objectives will be supported through funded consultations, projects and research. Several funding agencies are being approached to support a number of proposed projects and activities. In addition, the Centre will continue to be involved in contract research related to rule of law, child protection, environmentally sustainable development, and gender equity.
The Centre is one way in which UFV is helping communities address critical development issues and challenges both locally and globally. Our Centre differentiates itself from many others not only by its commitment to student involvement in project and research activities, but also by the unique context within which it, like UFV, operates. UFV is situated in a diverse and multicultural community open to the rest of the world like few other communities are. The Fraser Valley is recognized as a leader in humanitarian relief and development and is the headquarters of several important NGO’s. UFV has also established partnerships in India, in part through the efforts of the South Asian Studies Institute, and the Centre can build on these important relationships. The potential for programming, student internships and further research and project collaboration is considerable.