Office of Astronomy for Development

The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) is a joint project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

The mission of the OAD is to help further the use of astronomy, including its practitioners, skills and infrastructures, as a tool for development by mobilizing the human and financial resources necessary in order to realize the field’s scientific, technological and cultural benefits to society. This is primarily implemented through funding and coordinating projects that use Astronomy as a tool to address issues related to sustainable development. Since 2013, more than 120 projects have been funded through the annual Call for ProposalsThe OAD also engages in a number of activities on its own.

The OAD has established 10 Regional Offices and Language Centres around the world who share the OAD vision but focus their activities within a geographic or cultural or language region. 

For more on how astronomy can influence development, read our new Projects Booklet.

Recent News:

The potential of astronomy for
socioeconomic development in Africa

Astronomy for Literacy

OAD Coffee Table Book

IAU Strategic Plan 2020 – 2030

The funded projects for 2018 are currently under way. Browse the map for all the IAU-OAD funded projects to date (from 2013 – 2018) or Search for projects



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