The purpose of this office is to use astronomy to make the world a better place – and thus realise the vision of the IAU Strategic Plan.
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the largest body of professional astronomers in the world and has set up the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in partnership with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).
The role of the OAD is fundamentally that of a strategic coordinating centre for the implementation of the IAU Strategic Plan, a living document that provides the broad guidelines in terms of realising developmental benefits from astronomy. It provides strategic advice where needed to individuals and organisations involved in development activities.
There are also specific developmental projects which are managed and administered by the OAD team on an ad hoc basis, often in a pilot format.
IAU Office of Astronomy for Development website: http://www.astro4dev.org