The Centre was established as a platform for research and teaching in the field of poverty and development studies. In this respect the establishment of the Centre is timely and it is foreseen to become a critical reference point for academic work, research and consultancy for poverty and development studies to serve the academic community, the general public, policy makers and the international community. The initial objectives of the Centre are summarized below:
(1) To organize joint research projects and undertake comparative studies on poverty and rural development including amongst rural communities in remote and marginalized areas.
(2) To develop new approaches and methodologies that are suitable for poverty and development studies, as well as to provide consultancy services and technical assistance.
(3) To improve accessibility to information pertaining to poverty groups through the creation of data bases, publications, seminars and conferences as well as through the internet and the media.
(4) To contribute towards capacity building in the rural areas especially amongst the poor and encouraging the incorporation of local and indigenous knowledge in the development process.
(5) To encourage co-operation between the Government, Private and Educational sectors through the sharing of best practices in integrated development activities.