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The Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) forms an overarching structure to coordinating and promoting International Development Research and education at Trinity. TIDI is a College wide initiative involving all three faculties and multiple disciplines. It is a key enabler in attracting world class researchers and collaborators to Trinity and in giving visibility to and engaging with stakeholders and policy makers. TIDI’s vision is that TCD will be internationally renowned for excellence in development research and education and for the provision of practical solutions to real-world challenges.

TIDI’s Objectives:

  1. Promote and raise the profile of TCD’s research in international development
  2. Enhance the quality and quantity of research on international development across a wide range of disciplines
  3. Increase the number and enthusiasm of students at all levels and from both (the global) North and South, learning and undertaking research on international development
  4. Undertake outreach activities to promote the above and to:
    1. Deepen and increase the number of teaching and research partnerships with universities and other institutions in low- and middle-income countries.
    2. Increase understanding by the public, government and other stakeholders of the issues and the existing state of knowledge.
  5. Firmly establish TIDI as a valued and sustainable resource for all those working on, or interested in, international development at TCD, and a point of engagement for external stakeholders

There is growing interest at TCD in research and teaching on issues related to international development. TIDI is a college-wide initiative to coordinate and promote TCD’s expanded engagement with research and teaching on subjects related to international development. By helping to forge links between different teaching and research activities, it aims to ensure that the College’s overall approach to international development is distinctive, coherent and integrated.

Over 100 TCD staff members identify themselves as having a research interest in this area, and there are more than 70 research projects on international development. Over 40 courses with development content are on offer, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A wide range of existing research, teaching, and service partnerships has been identified and TIDI is already playing its part in facilitating and supporting such collaborations, most crucially with institutions in the developing world but also national partnerships with Irish institutions working on international development issues. Public events, consultancy, support to policy-makers and service provision are also part of Trinity’s engagement with this field.

The Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) was established, by researchers at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), in 2007, to maximise the university’s contribution to understanding and addressing the major global development challenges of our time through research, teaching and outreach activities. A vibrant outreach programme will raise awareness among the wider community of development issues and of TCD’s role in addressing these global development challenges. TIDI is now regarded as the hub of international development in Trinity College Dublin.