ICPSD acts as an educator and facilitator of an approach similar to that of land grant universities in the United States. In this model, researchers work with a wide variety of partners in order to promote sustainable economic development and welfare in their local region, state and country. ICPSD partners with research institutions, universities, schools, businesses, non-profit organizations, national and local governments, local communities and international development partners in order to help them utilize and establish a successful land grant model to support resiliency and sustainable development in communities throughout Africa.
Local communities are at the center of the ICPSD model. It is important for the generation and experimentation of ideas to be based on the unique needs of communities and rise from the African context in order to unravel the mystery of poverty: Community -> Regional -> National -> Global
"Countrymen, the task ahead is great indeed, and heavy is the responsibility; and yet it is a noble and glorious challenge - a challenge which calls for the courage to dream, the courage to believe, the courage to dare, the courage to do, the courage to envision, the courage to fight, the courage to work, the courage to achieve - to achieve the highest excellencies and the fullest greatness of man. Dare we ask for more in life? "
- Kwame Nkruma, address to the National Assembly. 12 June 1965.
Conducting integrated, local research in the following areas: