Columbia Organizations

CUPID: Columbia University Partnership for International Development

Monthly Dialogues with professionals in the development field; Summer fellowships with community-based development organizations around the world; A major annual International Development Conference; Cross-disciplinary networking and social events for students and alumni interested in international development.

Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment

The VCC leverages expertise from and shares knowledge with a vast network of policy makers, development advocates, scholars, business leaders and impacted communities committed to maximizing the benefits and minimizing the costs of investment for sustainable development. The VCC also regularly collaborates with other Earth Institute centers and faculty, as well as institutions worldwide, integrating our expertise in law, economics and investment with diverse fields of sustainable development.

Socially Responsible Investing at Columbia

The Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing was established as a permanent addition to the University in March 2000. The Committee's purpose is to advise the University Trustees on ethical and social issues that arise in the management of the investments in the University's endowment.

Engineers Without Borders, Columbia Student Chapter

The chapter currently has three programs in Ghana, Morocco and Uganda. The Ghana program, which started in 2004, used to work in the semi-urban town of Sakyikrom but now focuses on water management in the farming community of Obodan. The Morocco program, which began in 2011, is currently in the process of building a bridge in the rural community of Ait Bayoud. In 2008, the Uganda program was established to install a Multi-Function Energy Platform in the Soroti region. Each project draws from the skills of its members to provide technical solutions to worldwide problems.


The Aquanauts develops projects to analyze supply chains, assess regions and examine particular sets of water issues, working on both policy and technical analyses that are region and location focused with a long term perspective. Designated regions will receive sustained interactions and focused research, client advising “Water Guru,” and media coverage of issues and solutions. The group seeks partnerships on such projects with governments and corporations who wish to integrate water initiatives into their development and CSR activities.


This publication aims to bring students, researchers, professors, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions in direct conversation with each other through an online, academically rigorous medium. The biannual journal features scholarly articles, opinion pieces, photo essays, and field notes, and editorial columns are published on a biweekly basis on the website.

Our Goal

is to provide a platform for the Columbia community to critically explore pressing problems of economic development. Bringing together academics, practitioners, and students to grapple with controversial issues in the field, we seek to highlight innovative and viable solutions to urgent questions. DeltaGDP's project also promotes specific initiatives through fund raising and other activities.

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