The Institute is active in international networks on issues of development, environment and culture. The Institute has special consultative status with UN-ECOSOC and is a founding member of the International Centre for Local and Regional Development in Ireland.  In addition, I2UD participates in the following urban development networks:

  • United Nations Millennium Project
  • UN-Habitat Best Practices and Local Leadership Program
  • UN-Habitat Global Research Network on Human Settlements
  • UNESCO Cultural Heritage in Development Network
  • World Bank Urban Research Symposium
  • Council of Advocates of the Microcredit Summit

I2UD actively participates in these international networks to influence policy making on urban development and build capacity in managing cities around the world. Recent activities include:

  • Presented on the State of Arab Cities Report 2012 at the 22nd Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi
  • Featured speaker at the Fifth World Urban Forum of the United Nations in Rio de Janeiro in 2010
  • Keynote speaker at the 46th Congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) on planning strategies for sustainable development in cities in developing countries
  • Hosted luncheon with North African and Near East delegates from the U.S. Department of State’s International Leadership Program to discuss cultural heritage preservation
  • Lectured on “The Dynamics of Rapid Urbanization in Developing Countries” at the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

In our research, we partner with a number of other organizations to including the Stockholm Environment Institute, Wood’s Hole Research Center, and the Center for Cross-Border Studies. We also partner with consulting and design companies in implementing international development contracts. If you are interested in working with us, we welcome you to contact us.

The Institute’s network extends to staff, consultants, city management practitioners and ministerial officials around the world.