Located within ASU’s central administration, Knowledge Enterprise, the International Development Initiative leads the university’s efforts to secure and implement sponsored projects in the international development space. Our work helps the ASU live out its charter on a global scale.
Driving global change through impactful collaboration
The International Development Initiative at ASU is dedicated to driving global change through a collaborative, accountable and impact-driven approach to addressing the world’s development needs. We work in partnership with universities, governments, the private sector and non-governmental entities to solve development problems and act as an engine of transformational change around the world.
Embedded within and supported by the most innovative university in the United States, the ASU International Development Initiative develops powerful, enduring collaborations that leverage ASU’s global presence and reflect its commitment to taking responsibility for the communities it serves. We draw upon a vast network of local partners and international development implementers to develop principled, innovative and impactful approaches to tackling some of the world’s most pressing development challenges, led by ASU faculty experts working across multiple sectors, in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and donor priorities.
in USAID projects since 2014
global university partnerships
international development projects
The International Development Initiative draws upon a vast network of local partners and international development implementers to develop principled, innovative and impactful approaches. Our work is supported by ASU faculty experts working across multiple sectors aligned with USAID priorities, including:
Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain-Africa (CARISCA)
The Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain-Africa (CARISCA) is an innovative partnership between ASU and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) that works to strengthen local capacity for improved supply chains in Ghana and throughout Africa.
LibrES: for an El Salvador without gender-based violence
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant issue in El Salvador, affecting up to two-thirds of Salvadoran women and girls. The USAID-funded LibrES program, led by ASU in partnership with local organizations, universities and United Nations agencies, leverages individual and systemic approaches to contribute safer and more productive lives for women and vulnerable populations in El Salvador, thus decreasing the likelihood of irregular migration to the United States.
Strengthening Higher Education Access in Malawi Activity (SHEAMA)
In partnership with Malawi's five public universities, ASU is implementing the USAID-funded Strengthening Higher Education Access in Malawi Activity (SHEAMA), which aims to equitably develop the country's skilled workforce and create opportunity for youth.