Institute for Sustainable Development Practice

Columbia Global Centers | Middle East

The Institute for Sustainable Development Practice (ISDP) was launched by Columbia University, the Jordanian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, and the Columbia University Middle East Research Center in December 2010 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah.

The Institute for Sustainable Development Practice, supported by the technical and policy expertise of Professor Jeffrey Sachs and his team at the Earth Institute, serves as an innovative mechanism for mobilizing international expertise and experience, while building national capacities to achieve sustainable development in Jordan and elsewhere in the region.

The Institute aims to tackle sustainable development challenges in Jordan ranging from poverty to climate change through capacity building, strategic research, and policy support. The Institute initially focuses on Jordan’s 32 poverty pockets, and will also address crucial development issues including employment, agriculture, nutrition, health, population, education, environment, water resources, microfinance and infrastructure  In drawing on Columbia University and the Earth Institute’s scientific rigor, technological innovation, and academic leadership, the Institute aims to position Jordan as a leader in sustainable development in the Middle East and North Africa region.

For more information about the Center’s Institute for Sustainable Development Practice, contact Diala Al-Dabbas.