The challenges of poverty, population, health, conservation, and human rights around the world are interconnected, requiring sustained and comprehensive interventions. Recognizing the need for a new approach, MacArthur is supporting the first global initiative to provide rigorous, cross-disciplinary professional training for future leaders in sustainable development.

At A Glance

  • Since 2008, the MacArthur Foundation has awarded grants totaling $16 million to 20 institutions of higher learning in 15 countries to create new, graduate Master’s in Development Practice programs, with the long-term goal of establishing a new field of development practice.
  • The new, two-year Master’s in Development Practice programs provide graduate-level students with the core skills and knowledge required of a development practitioner to engage with specialists across multiple fields.
  • The creation of these programs is an acknowledgement that addressing extreme poverty and sustainable development throughout the world requires expert knowledge and an interdisciplinary approach.

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