What is Unique About the GDI at UFV

  • Interdisciplinary approach – Associates of the Institute bring together faculty and students from various disciplines to develop innovative approaches to the multi-faceted and complex challenges of development.
  • Unique research focus – Our Associates come from various scientific and professional disciplines allowing for a unique combination of research in our core areas: good governance and the rule of law, children and development, education and environmental sustainability.
  • A human rights based approach – The Institute is committed to reaffirming people’s rights to development, and to promoting human rights in all GDI initiatives.

  • The global and local community working together – The Institute encourages the participation of all professionals and community groups working to strengthen and further community development and global solidarity.
  • International partnerships – Associates of the Institute work toward extending its international and local networks in order to diversify and maximize opportunities for research, internships, and student involvement.
  • Environmentally sustainable – The Institute focuses research and activities that integrate environmentally sustainable solutions.
  • A student-focused approach – The Institute aims to promote student projects and the active engagement of students in international development efforts. This includes an active role for the Institute as a practical extension of Global Development studies, providing the means for students to gain international and local development experience while integrating development practice and theory.
Contact Information:

Global Development Institute

33844 King Road
Abbotsford, BC
Canada V2S 7M8

Edward Akuffo
Director, GDI


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