Welcome to the website for the Association of Geoscientists for International Development

Photograph of a small-scale miner in Zambia. BGS © NERC

AGID is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation founded in 1974 by a small group of international geologists who believed that geoscience, and geoscientists could play a more active role in international development. It was therefore established to provide a continuing forum for the exchange of ideas, experience and information among all persons concerned with the role of the geosciences in international development. Its membership is made up of both individual and institutional members in (currently) over sixty countries all over the world.

The objectives of AGID are as follows:

  • to encourage communication between all individuals, societies, agencies and corporations with an in interest in the application of the geosciences to international development;
  • to encourage and promote activities in geoscience fields which are related to the needs of developing countries;
  • to promote and encourage among earth scientists an awareness of their responsible role in the management of natural resources;
  • to emphasise to countries cooperating in international aid, the fundamental role of the geosciences in social and economic development.

In pursuit of these objectives, AGID has a detailed programme of activities many of which are explained on the pages of this website. The website is regularly updated, click the Publications link for the latest edition of the AGID Newsletter.