- Global Careers
The International Development (IDEV) Program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of developing countries, with the aim of preparing students for careers in development. Students in the IDEV Program receive rigorous academic training that helps them better conceptualize the development process in its economic, political and social dimensions.
Coordinated and led by IDEV students, this events series provides speakers the opportunity to address the challenges of global development assistance and to suggest new initiatives that will improve the field. Learn more about the Development Roundtable.
President Takehiko Nakao of the Asian Development Bank speaking at the Development Roundtable (Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Kasuya, SAIS)
Internships are an integral part of the learning experience and an entrée to future employment. The IDEV Program encourages students to pursue internships and research opportunities in developing countries during the summer and in Washington, D.C., during the school year. IDEV collaborates with a range of partner agencies, NGOs, think tanks, and government agencies to help students secure substantive summer internships that build on the skills learned during the first year. Providing stipends for unpaid internships offers students the flexibility to accept overseas positions which meet their needs and interests.
Ashley Augsburger spent her summer in Cairo, Egypt and took time to travel to Petra, Jordan.
Laura Saiki Chaves
Valerie Tan delivered donated eyeglasses to refugee weavers in Ngara, Tanzania.
Each spring IDEV publishes Perspectives, with articles on cutting-edge issues in development, many written by IDEV faculty, students and alumni. Each annual issue focuses on a specific theme of development. The editorial team has launched a new online platform http://www.saisperspectives.com/ in November 2014 to host the IDEV program's perspectives on international development.
If you would like to receive a copy of SAIS Perspectives 2015, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our archive here.
AY2013-14 Perspectives Launch Event - Recorded April 2nd, 2014
Photo Credit: Seva Karpauskaite, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
International Development Program Learning Goals and Objectives
Entering Class 2015-2016
Students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.
Students concentrating in International Development (IDEV) must complete Microeconomics (B- or greater) prior to matriculating at SAIS through SAIS Summer, Non-Degree or Pre-Term programs or by passing the SAIS waiver exam. Students concentrating in International Development must take at least 6 courses in the program in addition to a constrained International Economics and Quantitative Reasoning course. Students cannot count their constrained International Economics and Quantitative Reasoning courses toward their IDEV requirements of at least 6 courses in the program.
IDEV Professional Tracks
Students choose one of the following:
Approved Courses for IDEV Professional Tracks AY15-16
Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
· Macroeconomics (prerequisite Microeconomics)
· International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
· International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
· One IDEV constrained economics course from below or another development economics course approved by IDEV
o Theories & Models of Economic Development (BO SA.320.715)
o Introduction to Economic Development (SA.320.724)
o Microeconomics of Development (SA.320.731)
o Topics in Growth and Development (SA.320.735)
o Economic Development (SA.320.744)
o Comparative Perspectives on Economic Growth & Development (SA.320.750)
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
Students must receive a 2.67 average in the 4 required economics courses or they must retake a course(s) until a 2.67 average is obtained. If any of the 4 courses are achieved by passing a waiver exam or during Pre-Term, the student must substitute an economics elective course(s) in place of the waived course(s) in order to fulfill the economics requirement above. In this case, SAIS will use the highest economics program elective course grade(s) to compute this average if a student is replacing one or more of the 4 required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory.
Students must complete one course from the list below as their constrained IDEV course.
· Statistical Methods for Business & Economics
· Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
· Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses in addition to their concentration requirements. If the core courses/exams are not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll for credit in the core course(s). IDEV students are strongly encouraged to take Comparative National Systems as one of their core exams and/or courses.
· American Foreign Policy Since World War II
· Comparative National Systems
· Evolution of the International Systems
· Theories of International Relations
MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at SAIS. Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS, even if not using English for proficiency.
IDEV concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
1. IDEV Oral Exam with an IDEV examiner and an economist
2. IDEV Practicum
3. MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)
Students who choose to dual concentrate must choose IDEV as their primary concentration. All dual-concentrations must be approved by IDEV.
IDEV Plan of Study AY 15-16
International Development Minor Requirements: (as of AY 15/16)
General Minor Requirements:
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IDEV students can opt for a specialization in Development Economics or International Finance, offered through the International Economics Program, or a specialization in Emerging Markets. IDEV students are encouraged to combine functional approaches with SAIS's rich offerings in the development experience of specific regions such as Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
International Development Practicum
In order to expand the opportunities to work directly with public, private and non-governmental organizations, IDEV offers a two-semester Practicum class to second year students for credit. Successful completion of the Practicum also serves as a Capstone for graduating students. In academic year 2015-16, 23 students were enrolled in the Practicum.
What is a Practicum?
A practicum is a course designed to provide students the tools and opportunity to work with an external client on a development problem or opportunity. It allows students the opportunity to apply their research, analysis and practical skills to an issue that is of direct relevance to a client. The team of students works closely with the client to produce a high quality output in the form of a publishable report, policy or program that may be implemented by the client. In addition to allowing students to translate their knowledge into practice, the practicum experience also allows students to make valuable contacts with potential employers.
How is the Practicum implemented?
Approximately 20 second year IDEV students are eligible for taking the practicum as a course for credit, over two semesters. They are selected in the Fall semester based on their coursework, prior experience and demonstrated interest. Students form teams and work with a professor throughout the Fall semester to conduct research and design a proposal collaboratively with previously identified clients. They meet once a week to discuss research methods, their proposals, and progress with the professor assigned to lead their team. Teams undertake field research during winter break and complete a report to the client upon their return. Students are required to meet with the professor at an assigned class time each week. Every member of the team is held responsible for the timely completion of assignments. The practicum requires that student teams meet outside of class both with each other as well as with the client. The entire team is held responsible for coordinating logistics with the client. Students are evaluated both individually and on the basis of the final product that they deliver to the client.
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In AY 2015-16, 23 students were selected for the IDEV Practicum. Six teams traveled to Kenya, Nigeria, India, Egypt, and Sri Lanka, in order to support clients by working on projects ranging from decision-making tools for sanitation decision makers to evaluating business models for training and vocational education. The field work conducted by the teams in January 2016 is summarized below:
2016 IDEV practicum team (Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Kasuya, SAIS)
In AY 2014-15, the Practicum grew to include 22 students who traveled with their teams to Cambodia, the Philippines, China, India and Mexico, based on the location of the client and the project. Consulting teams once again negotiated a demanding terms of reference with their clients and produced an array of high quality outputs, described below.
In AY2013-14, 16 second year students successfully completed the first IDEV Practicum. Four teams delivered high quality, valuable products to a diversity of clients from the World Bank to large and small NGOs in India. Deliverables included surveys in rural Indian villages and large cities such as Bangalore, primary data collection through phone interviews in the US, stakeholder and sector analysis based on secondary sources. Students completed business plans, monitoring and evaluation guides, new research guides and methodologies for their final deliverables with the following clients:
These are typical International Development Courses:
This course critically examining China's rapidly growing economic, political and social ties with African countries. What drives these ties? How do they reflect China's "Going Global" thrust? What impact is Chinese engagement having on development prospects in other countries? What is myth, and what is reality? How is this engagement changing? Comparisons with Chinese engagement in Asia and the Americas. All students will write an original research paper.
Basic services such as drinking water, sanitation, solid waste disposal and public transport are essential to development, yet in many countries their provision remains extremely problematic. While crowded cities with potholed roads, overflowing garbage heaps, and waterways clogged with untreated sewage are the images that come to mind when one thinks about missing services, rural areas are often even worse off. In this course we will review the main challenges to effective and reliable service delivery, the roles of key players, how these roles have been changing over time and how they may change in the future. We begin by discussing the theory of the state’s role in service provision, why some services are harder to provide, or some populations more difficult to serve. Next we focus on four sectors—drinking water, sanitation, solid waste and public transport. Problems specific to each sector, policies and programs used to address these challenges, to what extent they have been successful and why, and what approaches may work in the future, will be discussed. The course will pay special attention to innovations in service delivery—clearer incentives for regular service provision, strengthening municipal financing, integrating the private sector and communities into service provision. Students will study the costs associated with service delivery; service delivery planning; tools used for benchmarking utilities; and innovations in financing services.
Study of development reveals a wide range of proposals for economic and political reform, and an equally wide range of political and economic constraints to reform. But the challenge confronting development practitioners is neither to decide which measures are optimal (the optimal is rarely implementable), nor to explain why action is infeasible. The aim is to find a tractable and promising way forward, given country-specific realities.
This course will explore our evolving understanding of the tension between a normative vision of ‘good’ economic policy and ‘good governance’, and the practical challenge of identifying a feasible set of ‘next steps’ in a concrete setting – that is, of strategic sequencing. The focus will be on feasible ways forward in countries with low-incomes, and politics and institutions that are not supportive of development. Half of the classes will comprise lecture-style presentation and discussion of emerging concepts, approaches and tools that help us better think about the development constraints and options in institutionally challenging settings. The other half will be discussion-based; these classes will each focus on a country case study, and will explore alternative options for addressing a specific difficult development policy challenge in that country, in a way that highlights the intersection between economics and politics.
Money management is a fundamental part of everyday life, yet low-income families are typically excluded from the formal financial sector. The delivery of quality financial services (loans, savings, insurance, money transfers, etc.) at affordable costs to all segments of society is an important policy goal in closing the income gap and improving quality of life. This course is designed to give the student an overview of the history and key issues involved in “Financial Inclusion,” which has evolved as an industry from “Microfinance.” The course assignments are intended to teach practical technical skills and critical thinking about financial systems and the unbanked, assessing the financial needs of and designing products for the poor, operational aspects of managing a microfinance institution, and major debates about impact, socially-responsible investing, and future trends. This course is complementary to SA.400.724 Impact Investing: Financial Inclusion and Creating Value at the Base of the Pyramid, offered in Spring 2016.
The Practicum is a course designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply their research, analysis and practical skills to an issue that is of direct relevance to a client in the international development space. Through the practicum, students not only refine the skills that they have gained but also make a tangible contribution to the practice of international development. Working in teams, and responding to client demands gives students a glimpse of working life upon graduation. Students are expected to meet all deadlines outlined in the Terms of Reference provided by the client. The IDEV Practicum is only open to second year IDEV students. For these students it also serves as a culminating educational experience and capstone, taking the place of an oral examination. The exception will be those students who quality for SAIS honors orals. Such students may wish to take the orals in addition to completing the Practicum.
Development is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon that must be studied from a number of disciplinary approaches. Much of development theory focuses on economic growth, and students will have the opportunity to learn about the economic aspects of development in other classes. Economic growth is necessary to development, but not sufficient. Societies also change politically and socially, and politics, culture, and social structure are important in determining the quality of their institutions and the opportunities they offer their citizens. This course provides a general interdisciplinary foundation for the study of international development that includes history, theory, analytical tools, and institutions, and that will enable our students to be better prepared to analyze and address current issues.
This is a required course for first year IDEV concentrators, and all IDEV affiliated students (MIPP/Minor).
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This course gives students an in-depth, interdisciplinary examination of contemporary global health policy (GHP) issues and actors. The field of global health has been radically transformed over the last several decades through increasing international aid for health programs, a diversification of actors, and a general rise in interest about global health issues. The changes have had tremendous impact on wellbeing, brought new visibility and new legitimacy to the study and practice of global health, but have also highlighted and sometimes exacerbated issues of policy and practice. Through lectures, readings and class discussion students will be exposed to the history, theory and practice of GHP from the perspectives of public health, economics, and international relations. Students will deepen their understanding through case studies and engaging in debates on present-day topics and controversies in GHP. Topics covered in the class include: the governance of global health through national, multilateral and private institutions, legal and operational frameworks for prevention and control of global health crises such as pandemics or bioterrorism, the international response to HIV/AIDS, the history and practice of global health diplomacy, the politics of reproductive health, trade agreements and health, intellectual property and access to medicines, and eradicating polio and other infectious diseases. Students will interact hear from expert guest discussants with practical experience in these areas, deepening their understanding of the topics.
This course will help students develop critical skills in applying methodologies and strategies for the evaluation of international development projects. It will provide the conceptual and theoretical framework to help students navigate decisions about the most appropriate tools for assessing project achievements and evaluating their impact through formative, process, and summative approaches. Students will learn to identify sound evaluation questions, develop logic models to assess their utility for project monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and select performance and evaluation indicators and apply these in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods designs. The course will provide insight into how methodological choices influence research design, data interpretation, and the strength of evaluation results. Students will learn to critique reported program results against standards of validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness and will gain skills relevant for research uptake, instructing students how to present findings in appropriate formats for diverse audiences. Students will also be challenged to navigate ethical dilemmas of evaluation in the context of international development programming and reflect on appropriate alternative designs. The course will include brief lectures, in-class exercises, plenary discussions, and small group sessions. Case studies will be used to review and compare the M&E practices of major donors (multi-laterals, bi-laterals, and private foundations) and to critically assess examples of good and bad practice. The final project will showcase students’ skills in designing a rigorous and appropriate evaluation to answer a real world development question.
Social Entrepreneurship: Driving Innovation in Development is focused on understanding social entrepreneurship and the challenges of building sustainable, impactful businesses that address critical underserved needs in emerging global marketplaces.
The course aims to create in each student an appreciation of the qualities, values and skills of social entrepreneurs and also entrepreneurial opportunities in critical sectors of human need in complex, resource-constrained markets that are plagued by fragmented infrastructure, inadequate institutions and other governance challenges. Students will learn first-hand how businesses serving the needs of the poor contribute to community development and “do well by doing good”. The capstone project in the course is a group presentation based on a partnership with an existing social enterprise, or a newly conceptualized social enterprise based on student ideas.
The IDEV Practicum was designed to provide students with the tools and opportunity to apply their research, analysis and practical skills to a development issue that is of direct relevance to a client.
Please join us for final presentations from the 2015-16 IDEV Practicum teams. Student teams will present highlights from the final deliverables prepared for their client.
Rumors abound about China’s loan program in Africa. Where, why, and how are Chinese banks financing African development? How do resource-secured loan packages work? What conditions do Chinese banks place on their loans? Are African countries risking a new debt crisis? Join us for answers to these and other questions, as SAIS-CARI launches its new database of Chinese loans to Africa (2000 to 2014). Lunch will be served at 12:30 following the Roundtable.
Over the last decade, China has become more involved in peacekeeping, anti-piracy, and conflict mediation activities in Africa. This engagement is particularly visible in Sudan and South Sudan – and represents an important change in China’s “non-interference” policy. Join U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Ambassador Donald Booth to discuss the synergies, challenges, and successes of US-China cooperation in this troubled region. A light lunch will be served at 11:45. Off-the-Record.
The China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) invites you to a viewing of two films documenting the evolving relationship between African and Chinese communities. Refreshments will be served.
China has made agriculture one of the core pillars in its African engagement, yet this emphasis on agriculture is often misunderstood. This SAIS-CARI policy roundtable features a conversation with five SAIS-CARI visiting scholars fresh from doing fieldwork on Chinese agricultural aid and investment in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Uganda. Panelists will engage in critical reflections on the strategic drivers (if any), challenges, and impact of aid and investment projects in the respective countries. How could USAID’s nascent efforts to cooperate with China’s Ministry of Commerce on agriculture be shaped by a more detailed understanding of Chinese experience in Africa?
President Nakao will discuss the economic situations and outlook for Asia, as well as the policy challenges of Asian developing countries. The lecture will include the roles of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in promoting development, the reform efforts to fulfill its roles such as strengthening financing capacity, and the cooperation with AIIB and other partners.
The role of indigenous philanthropy has grown significantly in the past few decades. It is the process of transforming philanthropy through encouraging partnerships with Indigenous Peoples to bring vision, imagination, justice, and responsibility in tackling the challenge of our times. Today, indigenous people are faced with issues related to land, human rights, health, education, preservation of traditional culture, and resilience in the face of climate change. Through values such as reciprocity, respect, responsibility, and fostering relationships, indigenous philanthropy is addressing many of these issues.
Presentation description - sector (public-private partnerships) as a way to attract capital and innovative solutions to problems as varied as environmental damage and urban development.
In 2015, a research team from SAIS completed a challenging study, Mapping PPPs across Countries (China and India). Since the completion of the study, a series of high-level meetings has been organized in Washington, Beijing, and Geneva to discuss its findings.
In China, the Ministries of Health, Finance, and Water, the China Development Bank and the Xicheng District in Beijing validated the findings. The meetings have led to specific world-class project proposals for collaborations on innovative healthcare PPPs, water conservation PPPs, and sustainable redevelopment of a central urban area in Beijing.
This lecture will cover the key findings and recommendations of the study, and the rapid move from concept to operations of selected advanced urban development and environmentally-focused projects.
During the “China boom,” the largest emerging economies—Brazil, China, and India—were often predicted to lead a challenge to existing rules and institutions of global governance. With the end of that boom, an apparent reversal of fortunes--economic slowdown in China, deep recession in Brazil, and stalled economic reforms in India—has produced a deflation of global expectations for these countries. Both optimistic and pessimistic claims are exaggerated. The BICs were and are likely to remain conservative globalizers, deeply invested in existing global governance and ill-equipped to challenge that order. This alternative perspective is based on their preferences (the content of their demands on institutions of global governance) and their capabilities (whether they are able to produce radical change in the existing order, individually or collectively).
This lecture explores how care deficits in labor importing countries have created a sustained labor demand for migrant care workers. Aging in late industrial and middle income economies, combined with falling fertility rates and rising female labor force participation have led to emerging care deficits in many contexts. As more women enter the labor force, they are less able and have less time to fulfill traditional unpaid caring roles. In contexts where many state-funded social protection programs are being cut back in response to the prolonged economic crisis, we see a rising demand for migrant women´s labor, particularly in the care economy. Women, many of them immigrant women, are being drawn into the economy to care, often in informal settings, engaged by private households, without full access to social protection and labor rights. This lecture explores how the failure to recognize, reduce and redistribute care deficits has led to the commodification of care and discusses the imperative for labor and migration policy reform to simultaneously address care deficits and protect the rights of care workers in labor importing countries.
Dr. Steven Radelet, Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development, Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Development, and Director of the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service will speak at this event. Most people believe that with few exceptions like China and India, the majority of developing countries are hopelessly mired in deep poverty, led by inept dictators, and living with pervasive famine, widespread disease, constant violence, and little hope for progress. But a major transformation is underway – and has been for two decades now -- in the majority of the world’s poorest countries, largely unnoticed by much of the world. Since the early 1990s more than 700 million people have been lifted out of extreme poverty, the average income for hundreds of millions of people in dozens of poor countries has more than doubled, six million fewer children die every year from disease, war and violence has declined significantly, average life expectancy has increased by six years, tens of millions more girls are in school, the share of people living in chronic hunger has been cut nearly in half, millions more peopl e have access to clean water , and democracy – often fragile and imperfect – has become the norm rather than the exception in developing countries around the world. The Great Surge tells the remarkable story of this unprecedented economic, social, and political progress among the global poor.
IDEV Development Roundtable
Presenter - Mr. Enrique Rueda-Sabater, Visiting Fellow of Center for Global Development, Senior Advisor of Boston Consulting Group
Presentation Title: "Well-Being and the Role of the Private Sector in Economic Development"
Presentation Description: There is increasing consensus that the goal for national strategies (or development plans) must be broader than economic growth. Well-being offers an alternative lens to judging progress and inclusiveness. But focusing on well-being does not necessarily mean more interventionist governments. Enrique Rueda-Sabater will provide his perspective from a personal trajectory that includes World Bank Group, Cisco Systems and Boston Consulting Group.
SAIS Perspectives is the flagship magazine of the International Development Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS. We cordially invite you to our 2015-16 launch, where we will exhibit the best photographs submitted to our photo contest on this year's magazine theme, migration and displacement.
Is China building a new empire in rural Africa? Few development topics are as controversial and emotionally charged as the belief that the Chinese government is aggressively buying up huge tracts of prime African land to grow food to ship back to China. In "Will Africa Feed China?" Deborah Brautigam, one of the world's leading experts on China and Africa, probes the myths and realities behind the media headlines.
As the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) anchor the global development agenda for the next 15 years, the elimination of hunger and malnutrition are high up on the list. Achieving this goal will require a rethinking of the global food system to address persisting and emerging challenges. Climate change is expected to further put at risk food security and nutrition with increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. In this presentation, Dr. Fan will focus on what should be done to rethink the global food system in order to achieve global food security and nutrition as well as other SDGs, including climate action.
On September 25th, the world adopted the new development agenda with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs will be a guideline to end extreme poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030.
Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP’s Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific will discuss the significance and implementation of the SDGs in the region, the role of the UN in moving the region toward sustainability, and financing of the #GlobalGoals.
Thirteen years after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the project to transform the way Afghanistan is governed has largely failed. Some think the U.S. and its partners did not try hard enough. Some blame Afghan elites for their corruption and lack of political will. Some continue to press for reforms to build a government that provides public goods and services to everyone, under the rule of law, and subject to democratic accountability. But is this a possibility for the poorest governments? Dr. Thomas will discuss her new book.
Sarah Chayes, Senior Associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment, will discuss her new book "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security."
The 2015 Dean's Fellows present the results of their alumni survey on how to leverage the SAIS degree in the following sectors: Consulting, Energy, Government, Finance, Nonprofits, Think Tanks and Multilaterals. Note: This event is off the record.
Professor Chris Blattman, Ph.D., MPA/ID Associate Professor, SIPA & Political Science, Columbia University, will discuss the topic.
Carolyn Woo, President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services, will provide and overview of CRS' mission,agency strategy, and operating model. Her presentation will be followed by CRS' Humanitarian Response Director, Jennifer Poidatz, who will provide current examples of CRS' Shelter and Settlement programming that demonstrate the importance of participation from the affected population, flexibility and building on local capacities and coping mechanisms.
The SAIS China Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) will hold its second public conference. The theme of the conference is Researching China’s Overseas Finance and Aid: What, Why, How, Where and How Much? The goal will be a deeper, comparative understanding of the rise of China’s state-supplied overseas finance, including grants, foreign aid loans, commercial loans, export credits and special investment funds. Papers will examine the motives and modalities, trends, sectors, and impacts using a variety of methods from quantitative analysis to case studies.
Kevin Gallagher, Visiting Scholar, International Development Program, will discuss the topic. In his new book Kevin develops a theory of countervailing monetary power thats shows how emerging markets can counter domestic and international opposition to the regulation of cross-border finance.
In three successive State of the Union addresses, President Obama has called on us to end extreme poverty by 2030, and the global community is coalescing around this goal as the marquee of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As the lead USG development agency in this effort, USAID seeks to increase shared understanding of the nature of extreme poverty, where there has been success, and what role development actors can play in helping to achieve this goal. To this end, USAID is currently developing a Vision for Ending Extreme Poverty that will provide strategic direction for the Agency in addressing this priority.
Neda Wants to Die is part of the multi-dimensional exhibition “1 in 3”; a project of the World Bank Art Program and its partners to raise awareness on the global epidemic of violence against women and girls.
Over the last decade, the effort to end extreme poverty by 2030 has gained momentum both in public discourse and in real outcomes. Poverty rates are falling in every region of the world. Yet the “ultra-poor,” those living on less than 60 to 70 cents per day, have been largely unaffected by this progress. Predominantly women, the ultra-poor face chronic food insecurity, malnutrition, gender discrimination and often abuse. In the 1990’s BRAC saw that despite decades of success fighting sickness, illiteracy, and poverty, its programs still weren’t reaching women trapped in this chronic cycle of dire poverty. Susan Davis, President and CEO of BRAC USA, will speak about the lessons and successes of BRAC’s concerted efforts to reach the ultra-poor. Their new “graduation” approach to development interventions may be the key to ensuring that the world’s poorest individuals are given the opportunity to forge a sustainable path out of poverty.
Tang Xiaoyang, associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University and resident scholar at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, will discuss this topic.
This discussion will draw on over two years of ethnographic research with a digital mapping project conceived in Nairobi’s elite spaces of technology production and deployed in its informal settlements. It will also explore how open source digital mapping software has become a battleground on which debates about development – between foreign and Kenyan mapping experts and the city’s urban poor – play out.
In recent years, African states, development practitioners, and venture capitalists alike have become increasingly interested in how digital technologies can be harnessed to reduce poverty, spur democracy, and mitigate other forms of social inequality. Nairobi, Kenya has been at the center of such conversations, as it is a rapidly changing African city marked by both a vibrant local technology sector and extreme inequality. In this talk, Professor Lisa Poggiali, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Stanford University will draw on over two years of ethnographic research with a digital mapping project conceived in Nairobi’s elite spaces of technology production and deployed in its informal settlements. She will explore how open source digital mapping software has become a battleground on which debates about development – between foreign and Kenyan mapping experts and the city’s urban poor – play out. Her analysis suggests that participatory digital media projects challenge the social scientific critique that development initiatives are depoliticizing, but at the same time they raise new questions about the possibilities and limits of ethical international development practice.
Shahana Chattaraj, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government, will discuss how informality shapes state practices.
Dan Honig, Public Policy Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University, will examine how the organizational features of international development organizations (IDOs) such as USAID and the World Bank affect the performance of aid interventions.
Ed Amann, IRIBA research director at the University of Manchester; Ernani Torres, faculty member in the Institute of Economics at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Mariana Mota Prado, associate professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto; and Lindsey Carson, visiting scholar and professorial lecturer in the International Development Program, will discuss this event. Note: This event will have a live webcast.
Elena Panaritis, founder of Panel Group LLC, a triple-bottom-line business that focuses on distressed economies; founder of Thought for Action, an NGO that creates awareness about transforming informality and countries under solvency crisis; and former member of the Hellenic Parliament and adviser to the Prime Minister of Greece, will discuss this topic.
Charles Cadwell, director of the Urban Institute Center on International Development and Governance, will discuss this topic.
Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, will discuss his new book Political Order and Political Decay.
Luke Patey, senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, will discuss his book The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan and this topic. Note: This event will have a live webcast.
José Antonio Ocampo, professor and director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; Ming Zhang, senior research fellow and the director of the Department of International Investment at the Institute of World Economics and Politics; and Kevin Gallagher, visiting scholar in the International Development Program at SAIS and associate professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, will discuss this topic and release their new report Capital Account Liberalization: The Need for a Balanced Approach. Note: This event will have a live webcast.
Brian Levy, senior adjunct professor of International Development, will discuss this topic.
Naoyuki Yoshino, dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, will discuss this topic.
The China Africa Research Initiative will host a kickoff meeting. Note: This event is off the record.
Various speakers will discuss this topic during the conference.
Various speakers will discuss this topic. For a detailed agenda, visit: http://sais-cari.org/events/. Note: There will be a live webcast of this event.
Graeme Smith, postdoctoral fellow in the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney Business School and a visiting fellow in the State, Society, and Governance in Melanesia Program at Australian National University, will discuss this topic.
Andrew Steer, president and CEO of World Resources Institute, will discuss this topic.
Tanvi Nagpal, practitioner-in-residence in the International Development Program, will discuss speak at the launch party for the annual student publication Perspectives. Note: this event is of the record.
Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss this topic.
James Thompson, director of the Wharton Social Enterprise Program at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss this topic.
Antoinette Sayeh, director of the Africa Department at the IMF and former Finance Minister of Liberia, will discuss this topic.
Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, will discuss this topic.
James Robinson, the David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University and a faculty associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, will discuss this topic. A light reception will follow the event.
Olaf Unteroberdoerster, deputy division chief for the Low-Income Countries Division at the International Monetary Fund, will discuss this topic.
John Lipsky, distinguished visiting scholar of international economics and former acting managing director of the IMF, will discuss this topic.
Meinie Nicolai, president of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins San Frontières (MSF), will discuss this topic. This event is being held in memory of Hélène de Beir, a SAIS graduate who, while serving as an aid worker for MSF, was killed in Afghanistan along with four colleagues.
Leigh Hendrix, associate at Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC; Marc Humphries, specialist in energy and mineral policy at the Congressional Research Service; and Michael Mazza, research fellow in foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, will discuss chemical elements that are critical for mobile phones, laptops, green technologies and defense systems.
Jair Meneguelli, president of the National Industrial Services Council (SESI) in Brazil, will discuss this topic.
Melissa Thomas, SAIS associate professor of International Development, will discuss this topic.
Alan M. Trager, a visiting scholar and professorial lecturer in the International Development Program, will discuss this topic.
Homi Kharas, senior fellow and deputy director of the Global Economy and Development, Development Assistance and Governance Initiative at the Brookings Institution, will discuss this topic.
John Lipsky, SAIS distinguished visiting scholar of international economics and former IMF first deputy managing director, will discuss this topic.
Students interested in careers in international development are invited to the first general meeting of the Careers in Development Club.
Cyn-Young Park, assistant chief economist and director of the Economic Analysis and Support Division in the Asian Development Bank’s Economics Research Department, will discuss this topic.
Faculty, students and staff of the International Development Program have a meet and greet lunch.
Mary David, a U.S. Department of State representative, will discuss this topic. Note: This event has been cancelled.
Leo Abruzzese, editorial director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Paul Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer, will be the featured speakers discussing the Global Food Security Index which assesses the magnitude of food security issues and sets realistic and sustainable goals to address them. Their presentations will be followed by a discussion with panelists Walter Andersen, acting director of the SAIS South Asia Studies Program; Deborah Bräutigam, director of the SAIS International Development Program; Pieter Bottelier, SAIS senior adjunct professor of China Studies; Francisco González, the Riordan Roett Senior Associate Professor of Latin American Studies at SAIS; and Robert Thompson (moderator), a visiting scholar in the SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment and International Development programs. Note: Lunch will precede the forum at noon. SAIS will also host a live webcast of the event here at the time of the event. To view the Global Food Security Index, visit www.foodsecurityindex.eiu.com. Members of the media who plan to cover the event should respond to Felisa Neuringer Klubes at the SAIS Communications Office at 202.663.5626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Todd Moss, vice president for programs and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, will discuss this topic.
Kelly Curran, director of HIV and infectious diseases at Jhpiego; Mitch Warren, executive director of AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; Chris Peyer, director of the Johns Hopkins University Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program; and Tigistu Adamu, HIV/AIDS technical adviser of Jhpiego, will discuss this topic.
Julie Howard, chief scientist of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Food Security; Lisa Kuennen-Asfaw, director of the Public Resources Group at Catholic Relief Services; and David Callihan, technical director at Management Systems International, will discuss this topic.
SAIS Perspectives, an annual student publication of the SAIS International Development Program, will launch its new issue, “Partnerships on the Frontier,” at this event. Kristi Ragan, chief of party at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Grand Challenges for Development, will deliver keynote remarks.
Daniel Runde, director of the Project on Prosperity and Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will discuss this topic.
Elisabeth Littefield, president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, will discuss this topic
Michael Moore, ambassador of New Zealand to the United States and former director-general of the World Trade Organization, will discuss this topic.
William Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka, will discuss this topic.
Deborah Brautigam, director of the SAIS International Development Program and author of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa; Klaus Deininger, lead economist for rural development at the World Bank’s Development Research Group; and Michael Kugelman, senior program associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and author of The Global Farms Race, will discuss this topic.
Note: This event has been postponed due to the snowstorm.
Todd Moss, vice president for programs and senior fellow and director of The Emerging Africa Project at the Center for Global Development, will discuss this topic.
Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, will discuss this topic.
Tassos Haniotis, director of economic analysis, perspectives and evaluations, and director-general of agriculture and rural development at the European Commission, and Joe Glauber, chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will discuss this topic.
Csaba Csaki, president emeritus of Budapest University of Economics (now Corvinus University), will discuss this topic.
Tanvi Nagpal, professorial lecturer in the SAIS International Development Program, and Amy Leung, chair of the Water Community of Practice at the Asian Development Bank, will discuss this topic.
Stephan Klingebiel, head of the Bi- and Multilateral Development Cooperation Department at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, will discuss this topic. Note: This event is open to SAIS faculty, staff and students only, and the speaker’s comments will be off the record.
In addition to making a decisive impact on the field of international development, IDEV graduates have established an active alumni network and maintain a close relationship with the program. They also give back to the program in many ways - delivering presentations at brown bag lunches, assisting in SAIS's Admissions Office and on career development panels, offering job and internship advice to current students, and serving as the best possible advocates for recruiting new students.
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New Post on April 25, 2016- “IDEV PRACTICUM BLOG PART VI: The Tahrir Square Legacy: The Impact of the Revolution on Civil Society in Egypt” BY JUSTIN AHMED, LAURA SAIKI CHAVES, AND TCHI SOGOYOU--Justin Ahmed, Laura Saiki Chaves, and Tchi Sogoyou are second-year MA students who recently traveled to Cairo, Egypt as part of the International Development Practicum.
SAIS Perspectives is an annual publication of the International Development program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. The publication provides a forum for discussion of critical, cutting-edge topics with the goal of proposing innovative ways of thinking about the practice and policy of international development. The editorial team has launched a new online platform http://www.saisperspectives.com/ in November 2014 to host the IDEV program's perspectives on international development.
Professor Cinnamon Dornsife, Faculty Advisor prior to 2014, promoting SAIS Perspectives.
2015-2016 Perspectives Editorial Team
Professor Tanvi Nagpal, Editorial Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maria Lopez Conde, Editor-in-Chief (email@example.com)
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Krishnan Raghavan, Senior Editor (email@example.com)
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