Michigan State University's Gender, Development, and Globalization program (formerly known as WID, Women and International Development) promotes teaching, research, and action on international development and global transformation as they affect women and gender relations. While GDG's primary focus is the Southern Hemisphere, the program recognizes that the "South" is a set of relationships rather than a place. Moreover, development and global change bring costs as well as benefits, which are often not shared equally by men and women of different nations, races, classes, and ethnicities.
Established in 1978, GDG is the longest-standing program of its kind in the nation. GDG and MSU's Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) are recognized as a National Resource Center by the US Department of Education. Nearly 300 MSU faculty and graduate students from all colleges are affiliated with GDG. The program acts as a catalyst for the scholarly discussion of gender, development, and global change.
GDG also produces a publications series, publishing the Gendered Perspectives on International Development Working Papers, Resource Bulletin, and Forum Series.