Established in 2005, the Institute for International Urban Development (I2UD) regroups the academics and professionals who created and ran the Center for Urban Development Studies (CUDS) at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design from 1987 to 2005. The Center was internationally recognized for its applied research, advisory services and technical assistance to policy makers, and capacity building programs. Decision-makers and senior professionals from 52 countries attended its International Education Programs, sent by international, national, regional and municipal agencies as well as private organizations and universities.

I2UD builds on this history of excellence and provides continued services in research, technical assistance, and capacity building as a registered non-profit organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our activities are funded by local and national governments, foundations and international organizations, including the World Bank, UN-Habitat, USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Aga Khan University, the Christensen Fund, the Jordanian Royal Scientific Society and the Peter Sager Wallenburg Charitable Trust.

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I2UD combines world-class academic research and fieldwork with insights from local and international experts in the urban development field. Our board consists of people who share an interest in building a sustainable urban environment. They help define our activities and shape new areas of research. We participate in a number of international networks, lecture widely around the world, and influence policy making in the field of urban development.
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