The Arizona Initiative for Resilience and International Development (AIRID)
AIRID seeks to elevate the University of Arizona as a globally recognized thought and practice leader and the university partner of choice for resilience and international development.
The Arizona Initiative for Resilience and International Development (AIRID) is the institutional home for international development at the University of Arizona. It encompasses and coordinates the efforts of the Office of International Development, the Arizona Institutes for Resilience-International Programs, and the Humanitarian Assistance Technical Support Project under the Associate Vice President for Resilience and International Development, Greg Collins.
The central mission of AIRID is to establish the University of Arizona as a globally recognized thought and practice leader and the university partner of choice for resilience and international development. AIRID envisions a university deeply engaged in supporting and empowering communities and countries to become more resilient and to achieve their development goals. AIRID’s strategy and work are guided by the principles of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in creating a more equitable and inclusive society. With these principles at the fore, AIRID seeks to promote a culture of collaboration and partnership across the University of Arizona community and in engaging local actors across the globe.
The Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) International Programs advances resilience scholarship among University of Arizona faculty, students, and researchers who work on critical challenges in regions most sensitive to global change. AIR International Programs is part of the Arizona Institutes for Resilience, which supports centers, institutes, and programs to design and implement solutions to pressing social and environmental challenges.
The Office of International Development (OID) leads external engagement, branding, positioning and partnerships, the identification of funding opportunities, and the development and submission of proposals. OID also provides technical contributions to resilience and international development.
The Humanitarian Assistance Technical Support (HATS) Project is a $5M (2020-2025) partnership with USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance that provides critical technical support to the agency and its objective to enhance disaster preparedness, response, and recovery around the globe. HATS further seeks to expand UA institutional capacity to address the urgent challenges of global crises related to natural and human-based disasters.
UAz Symposium on Resilience Research for Global Development Challenges
In September 2021, AIR International Programs organized a Symposium on Resilience Research for Global Development Challenges, which brought together more than 120 UA faculty, students, and researchers to share experiences and ideas on addressing global challenges like climate change, COVID-19 and conflict using resilience. The event hosted 40 presentations on diverse topics ranging from: agroforestry; water, energy, and food security; psychosocial resilience; and remote sensing technologies for monitoring crises.