Vision and Focus
The Institute’s vision is to extend the practice of community outreach beyond the Fraser Valley region toward the global context. In doing so, the GDI promotes and encourages research on sustainable human and community development in order to facilitate positive change for those living in impoverished conditions.
In concert with the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals and the promotion of international human rights standards, including the rights of the child as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Institute focuses on four key areas of research:
- Good governance and the rule of law
- Children and development
- Environmental sustainability
Embracing the objective of global solidarity and collaboration across and between peoples of the world, we favour an integrated approach that links local and global concerns.