What is the CDR? 
The CDR is a scientific organisation of the University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna with a focus on applied development research.

How did the CDR emerge?  
The CDR emerged out of the Research for Development Forum (DEV-FORUM). Over eight years the DEV-FORUM worked as a scientific platform with its partners (20 BOKU scientists), who aligned their work to the MDGs of the United Nations. In October 2008 the CDR was inaugurated as an organisational unit of BOKU.  

Are the projects of the CDR restricted to agricultural development?
Like BOKU, the CDR focuses on science dealing with sustainable management of natural resources. A large proportion of people in developing countries are dependent on natural resources. However, the CDR works in an inter- and trans-disciplinary way and attempts to integrate different scientific disciplines.

What are CDR´s main fields of work?  
The CDR conducts research, training and counseling on sustainable innovations leading to improvemed livelihoods, food security and ecologically adapted management of natural resources in vulnerable regions of the South.  

Does the CDR work with partners in other countries?
The CDR works with a diversity of scientific and non-scientific partners in Austria and abroad. The CDR has longstanding collaborations with partners in developing countries. These cooperations are lead by our key principles of partnership, ambition and a holistic approach towards content.  

In which countries is the CDR working?  
The CDR has scientific collaborations in countries that are particularly prone to food- and energy-crises.

How is the CDR organised?  
The CDR acts as an intermediary and a bridge between theory and practice and integrates different disciplines. It is fostering cooperation between disciplines and scientists within BOKU. The CDR currently comprises over 30 scientific and non-scientific partners contributing to the goals of the CDR.  

Does the CDR render development aid?  
The CDR is not rendering development aid per se, but it generates practical knowledge in order to contribute to the effectiveness of development interventions. In times of increasing uncertainty this practical knowledge supports the right choice of instruments and approaches. Through diverse scientific contributions it becomes possible to better understand development processes and related activities.

What is CDR´s contribution to sustainable poverty reduction?  
It is science in all its guises that makes essential contributions to the improvement of poor peoples’ livelihoods. The CDR emphasises science, applied development research and local knowledge systems, which are all particularly relevant to innovation and development, sustainable poverty reduction and food security.

What does applied development research mean?  
The CDR is turning theory into action. At the same time the CDR is informing theories through the documentation of action-oriented experiences.    

Can I pursue an internship at the CDR?
The CDR offers voluntary internship positions in Austria and abroad on a regular basis. Current vacancies will be announced on the CDR website.  

Can I write bachelors, masters or doctoral theses at the CDR?
Basically it is possible to write a bachelor, master or doctoral thesis at the CDR. These theses will be realised in cooperation with our partners. >more information