Although tropical and sub-tropical countries contain some of the most diverse and resource rich environments, they also face the most significant development challenges. Achieving sustainable development in these countries will require major advances against hunger, poverty and disease while ensuring the protection of natural resources. Increasingly, making these advances will depend on practitioners who are able to address development challenges holistically.

The University of Florida MDP program is part of the Global MDP Association, which consists of 36 MDP programs in 25 countries around the world. Initiated with the generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the MDP degree is focused on training development practitioners who are able to address development challenges facing poor, resource rich communities in innovative ways. The UF MDP bridges the Natural, Social and Health sciences and Management skills.

Read more about the program in the UF MDP Brochure

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MDP Program Framework


Our program strength lies in our core and affiliate faculty, who have, over the last 30 years, developed a niche working with communities in Africa, Latin America and other regions using grassroots participatory approaches to development and research.

The MDP program is administered jointly between the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida, and is also closely linked with University of Florida’s internationally recognized Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) program.