The five principles underpinning the work of the Centre are:
- Commitment to equity and social inclusion, promoting equal access to sustainable development for all citizens.
- Enhancement of human dignity and protection of the human rights of all persons.
- Interdisciplinary, evidence-informed, needs-based and results-oriented research, monitoring and evaluation contributing to policy and sustainable development.
- Multi-sectoral, age, gender and diversity-sensitive innovative approaches, involving partners at all levels within public, private and non-profit sectors.
- Consistency with United Kingdom international development strategy and research priorities and internationally adopted commitments.
The Centre will raise awareness about sustainable international development amongst staff and students. It will catalyse new efforts and add value to on-going endeavours. It will provide strategic direction for the work of the University to maximise existing expertise and identify potential. Priorities for the work of the Centre will be determined in mid 2010. Based on these, the Centre will actively promote coordinated and supported knowledge exchange activities enabling the University to leverage funds to support activities in low and middle income countries. Strategic partnerships within and outside the University will be the key to our work in sustainable international development.