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OUR VISION2023-01-03T10:53:52+00:00

To be a Centre of Excellence and multi-level platform for cooperation in knowledge transfer and capacity building for developing countries in integrated rural affairs for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific Region.

OUR MISSION2023-01-03T10:51:38+00:00

Our mission is to provide technical support and promote innovative best practices on
sustainable IRD amongst member countries in Asia-Pacific in order to improve the lives of the
rural people.

  • To utilise state of the art information and communication technology;
  • To provide flagship trainings and capacity development in the field of integrated rural
    development and related agricultural activities to serve the needs of rural communities in the
    region and sub-regions;
  • To enhance the analytical capability of developing countries in formulating rural development
    policies, as well as, determining appropriate measures corresponding with impacts of the
    globalization, trade liberalization, climate change and disaster risks in the region and sub-
    regions, engagement communities by using community-based and adaptive management
  • To foster the cooperation on development between countries in the region and sub-regions
    through collaborative research projects;
  • To collaborate with interagency departments, academic institutions, private sector, research
    funds, and other national and international organizations to disseminate knowledge gained and
    transfer of innovative technologies to developing countries in the region and sub-regions.
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OUR VALUES2018-06-06T07:34:05+00:00

Diligence – Commitment to careful and persistent work and effort to contribute to the achievement of CIRDAP goals.

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STRATEGIC PLAN 2021-20242022-07-26T10:30:57+00:00

Strategic Plan for the year 2021-2024 of CIRDAP.

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Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) is building an expert database on the different disciplines and research areas, which is linked to integrated rural development (IRD).


The purpose is to generate a body of multiple cross disciplinary think tank to help mobilize knowledge transfer across the Asia – Pacific region and other regions.

CIRDAP commits to Team Excellence. Alumni of CIRDAP, experts from member states and networks are invited to join the database.

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Expert of the Month

Dr. Brian Szuster

Field of Interest

I have worked extensively on coastal resource management projects in both Asia and North America, and acted as project manager on numerous environmental impact assessments and environmental planning projects. I have extensive experience with coastal tourism management and tropical aquaculture, and acted as project manager of the Thailand Aquaculture Management Project, a five year Canadian International Development Agency initiative that focused on building the capacity of academic and government institutions to apply geomatics technology in the management of coastal resources at Burapha University in Thailand.


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“This 21 days intensive training programme packed with highly informative and useful contents both in lectures and practical assignments had enlightened me to the various areas of importance in integrated rural development (IRD).  The course greatly enhanced my knowledge in IRD especially on policy making skills, significant challenges faced by rural communities, climate change, and natural disaster and gender issues.”

Ms. Mutia Azura Mohamed, Principal Assistant Secretary, Strategic Planning Division Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, Malaysia

“The training program was a perfect blend of theories and best practices in the field of integrated rural development. It made me realize that the natural environment is central to the economic activity and growth of a country.”

Mr. ANAS AL ISLAM, Assistant Director, Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Bangladesh

“The training programme, where nearly 40 lectures were carried out by eminent professionals on related subjects, helped immensely to broaden our horizons while sharing experiences among participants from different countries. One thing I found amazing in the programme is the involvement of every participant in conducting lecture sessions, development of leadership skills, and gradual development of team spirit among participants”

Ms. Uthpala Jayasinghe, Research Officer, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Sri Lanka

“I expected it to be like any other training, with standard lectures. It was especially nice because, in addition to the well-organized lectures, we were able to visit places in Comilla, Bangladesh such as the Agricultural Village and a museum. Some of the lectures are interactive, and I like how the lecturers relate the lecture to their experiences. I am very confident in applying what I learned in the training to any possible related situation.”

Ms. Sittie Khayra B. Fermin, Agrarian Reform Programme Technologist, Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippines

“the organizers both CIRDAP and BARD are very focused on providing knowledge, sharing experience and information in related fields, interspersed with extra fun activities such as an ethnic nights and potluck so that there is very limited time left for other additional activities. While I was participating in the various education and training courses, I had the opportunity to socialize with participants from CIRDAP member countries which gave me a new understanding of diversity eventually they became my new family, the host of participants from Bangladesh gave me a deep impression of sincerity and kindness.”

Ms. Meydy Deyby Sandra Malonda, Administrator - Sub Directorate Capacity Building for Village Government, Directorate General of Village Governance Ministry of Home Affairs, Indonesia

Topics were related to new different challenges of rural development in Asia and pacific and let us knew that these challenges have created tensions in all Asian countries and per country has special potentials to cooperate together for solving them. In addition to scientific achievements, it has raised our adaption in life and more compatible with different conditions. In addition, acquaintance with different accents, cultures, clothes, habits and customs has been other achievements of this training.

Ms. Saeedeh Nazari Nooghabi, Assistant Professor of Economic Affairs Office Agriculture, Research, Education and Extension Organization, Yemen Ave, Chamran Highway, Garden of Agriculture, Tehran, Iran

Programmes and projects of 2024 and onwards

  1. The 34th Executive Committee (EC) and 24th Governing Council (GC) meeting in Thailand : 4th – 6th June, 2024.
  2. The 45th anniversary of CIRDAP on 6 July 2024
  3. The 39th Technical Committee (TC-39) meeting In Malaysia : 5th – 8th   August, 2024
  4. The interim Audit of the Financial Statement of CIRDAP for the year 2023 – 15 – 27 February 2024, Dhaka Bangladesh
  5. Webinar on the International Women’s Day – March, 2024
  6. Webinar on the World Water Day titled: “Rural WASH and adaptation of GEDSI (Gender, disability and social inclusion) tools and approaches” – March, 2024
  7. Webinar on “Empirical and Qualitative Study of Nutrition Security in India” – April, 2024
  8. Webinar on United Nations’ World Health Day titled: “Community Approach to Eye Care for the People in Rural Areas” – April, 2024
  9. The Workshop of FAO of the United Nations under the project “Revisions to the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries Aquaculture Questionnaire towards GSA monitoring’’ and “Report for Aquaculture Development in Northern Africa” – 7- 9 May 2024, Bangkok Thailand.
  10. The webinar on the Launching of Rural Development Report (RDR) 2023 of CIRDAP titled: “Assessing the Role of Food and Nutrition Security Policies of the CMCs in Helping the Marginalized Poor and Attaining the Relevant SDGs” – May, 2024
  11. Webinar on the World Environment Day – June, 2024
  12. Webinar on the World Oceans Day (8 June) : 10th June, 2024
  13. Webinar on the World Humanitarian Day titled: “Dealing protracted Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh connecting humanitarian, development and peace nexus.” – August, 2024
  14. Webinar on “Eco System for Promoting Rural Entrepreneurship in India” – August, 2024
  15. Webinar on the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste – September, 2024
  16. Webinar on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction – October, 2024
  17. Webinar on the International Day of Rural Women – October, 2024
  18. Webinar on “Rural Development policies and best practices in Indian context” – November, 2024
  19. The International Training Programme in Pakistan (To be announced)
  20. The International Training Programme in India (To be announced)
  21. The International Training Programme in Malaysia (To be announced)
  22. The International Training Programme in Bangladesh on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction for Food Security in Asia and the Pacific in Bangladesh (To be announced)


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