​​The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) highlighted the work of ESDU in the following article.

About ESDU

​​​​​​​​​​History​​​​​​

Established in 2001, ESDU aims at promoting collaboration for sustainable development and acts as an interdisciplinary research and development center specialized in community development and sustainable agriculture.  ESDU seeks to break away from the traditional compartmentalization of research and to put research findings into the hands of the user and policy-maker communities.

ESDU has always championed a multidisciplinary and participatory approach to development, which helps ensuring that research is grounded in the needs of local people. We always work “ahead of the curve" and focus on contextualizing emerging development trends and paradigms, making them utilization-driven and most importantly relevant to the local development context in MENA, starting from the sustainable livelihoods framework back in 2001 to appreciative approaches to development evaluation in 2011. 

The International Development Research Center (IDRC) has been a privileged intellectual partner and its support acted as a major catalyst for establishing ESDU. Our list of institutional partners also includes the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Fund fo​r Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Near East Foundation (NEF),
the RUAF Foundation, several UN agencies (UNDP) as well as several US based agencies such 
as ​the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
and many others. ​  ​               ​                                                                               


​Mission

ESDU has always championed a multidisciplinary and participatory Irsal-April 2005 (47) - ladder.jpgapproach to development, which helps ensuring that research is grounded in the needs of local people. We always work “ahead of the curve" and focus on contextualizing emerging development trends and paradigms, making them utilization-driven and most importantly relevant to the local development context in MENA, starting from the sustainable livelihoods framework back in 2001 to our current focus on appreciative approaches to development into which we have been deeply vested since 2011.


Vision

​​ESDU seeks to break away from the traditional compartmentalization of research and works towards putting the current understanding from research into the hands of the user and policymaker communities. ESDU places itself at the core of the sustainable livelihoods and sustainable development debate in MENA and fosters action-centered, policy-relevant and participatory
​research that is useful, actionable and empowering.​


                                                                                                       

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