The Association of Geoscientists for International Development encourages communication between individuals, societies, agencies and corporations interested in the application of geosciences to international development; promotes activities in the geosciences related to needs of developing countries; promotes and encourages among earth scientists an awareness of their responsible role in the management of natural resources; and emphasizes the fundamental role of the geosciences in social and economic development. Programmes includes: information and personnel services, publications, training courses, workshops and seminars; these are mainly proposed and organized by third world geoscientists and held in developing countries. It also operates a geoscience information service, appropriate technology advisory service, and assists in recruitment of personnel for work in developing countries.
National training courses are held on: engineering geology; exploration methods in tropical rain forests; groundwater management; geology of tin deposits; geochemical exploration techniques; applied mineral economics. Workshops, seminars and symposia on: geoscience education; groundwater research; strategies for small scale mining; technical assistance programmes in the geosciences.