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International Development Network (IDN)

The RTPI helps to connect planners from around the world as over 5% of our members live overseas and planning is a global profession. We see planners worldwide sharing a vision of creating sustainable places to live.

We offer members and non-members the following free international networking services:


How to get involved

International Development Network

The International Development Network (IDN) is a free networking and information resource for people with an interest in planning and international development.

The IDN is part of the RTPI's co-ordinated international activity and strategy which also includes membership of international organisations, bilateral relations with individual countries and their planning associations, and support for planner-to-planner links. For more on this, and particularly the Institute's involvement in the Global Planners Network, please visit the RTPI International home-page.

IDN Members receive a information on planning news, events and announcements , invitations to meetings and can network with fellow members. It is freely available to to RTPI members and non-members who are committed to this vision of sustainable settlements world-wide. To join, please visit the IDN sign-up.

IDN member at work

IDN member at work in Uganda (Photo: Jeremiah Wepukhulu) 

Climate change: international dimensionUganda-Cracked-Mud

Climate change poses a professional challenge to all planners and prompted changes to the RTPI Vision for Planning. Read more on this from Douglas McNab from the IDN. 


Moving cattle to higher ground

Low-lying countries are especially vulnerable, as shown in research carried out by an institute member on flood risk in Vietnam. Read more

 Picture: Moving cattle to higher ground in Vietnam (image: i-Stock) 

 Hurricane IsabelClimate Change has serious implications for small island states in the Caribbean and planning has a role to playing in adaptation. In Trinidad and Tobago, the professional body for planners, the Trinidad and Tobago Society of Planners, produced a helpful briefing on the issues. More

Picture: Hurricane Isabel in the Caribbean, 2003 (image: i-Stock)

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