Research and teaching of development issues has long been a major strength of the Faculty of Arts, and of McGill University more generally. The creation of the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) in December 2008 allowed McGill to take advantage of the presence of literally dozens of faculty members and well over one thousand graduate and undergraduate students working directly on development related issues to become a leading interface between the worlds of academia and development practice. In particular, we continue to build on our strong relations with donor agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the World Bank, as well as with individuals with direct experience in promoting international development through their appointment as Professors of Practice, such as former Canadian Prime Minister, the Rt. Honourable Joe Clark, and our prestigious International Advisory Board.

The creation of ISID also reflects a renewed commitment to building bridges between McGill and the international development community through our unique focus on multidisciplinary research that is intended to contribute directly to better evidence-based development policies and practices. In this way we hope to contribute to practical solutions to some of today’s most pressing development challenges.

This same approach forms the backbone of our innovative multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate teaching programs. Not only are they designed to train future generations of researchers, teachers, policymakers and development practitioners; they are intended to provide our students with the skills and knowledge that they will need to be better global citizens. It is with these same aspirations that we have launched a series of Executive Education Certificate Programs in Corporate Social Responsibility, Training for Future Development Practitioners, and Reconciliation, Conflict Prevention and the Goal of More Inclusive Societies. These programs bring together various stakeholders, both as instructors and participants, and are held regularly in various cities in Canada and the developing world.