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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.
Dr. Francis Fukuyama speaking at the Development Roundtable (Photo Credit: Noel St. John)
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 in Peru
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.
AY 2016-17 Perspectives Launch Event - Recorded October 31st, 2016
Photo Credit: Jason Spizer, Somaliland
International Development Program Learning Goals and Objectives
Entering Class 2016-2017
MA 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.
MA 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 AY16-17
Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
· Macroeconomics (prerequisite Microeconomics)
· International Trade Theory (co- or prerequisite Microeconomics)
· International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
· One IDEV constrained economics course from below or another development economics course approved by IDEV
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)
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization and use alternate economics classes and 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)
· Macro 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 Politics as one of their core exams and/or courses.
· American Foreign Policy Since World War II
· Comparative Politics (old name 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 16-17
Entering Class 2015-2016
Entering Class 2014-2015
Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010
IDEV Professional Tracks AY15-16
International Development Minor Requirements: (as of AY 16/17)
General Minor Requirements:
To add or change a minor, please click HERE.
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 2016-17, 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. Professor Deborah Brautigam, Director of the International Development Program, has been quoted in Foreign Policy magazine saying that the practicum "gives students an invaluable, hands-on experience to work with an international development organization and address an important development challenge. Participants often say their practicum work was one of the most important experiences they had in graduate school. These are not research projects. Practicum students address practical problems that the client needs to solve.” To read more about the the Practicum program in the Foreign Policy Guide article, click here.
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In AY 2016-17, 23 students have been selected for the IDEV Practicum. Six teams will travel to India, China, Kenya, and Uganda to support their clients. The field work to be conducted by each team in January 2017 is summarized below:
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:
September 23, 2016 Kim Yi Dionne, Assistant Professor of Government, Smith College
Responding to AIDS in Africa: How Misaligned Priorities Doomed a Global Intervention
October 7, 2016 Yuen Yuen Ang, Assistant Professor of Political Science. University of Michigan
Adaptation as Solution and Problem
October 21, 2016 Matt Andrews, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University
Why Distributed Agents Often Limit Reforms, and What to Do About It
November 4, 2016 Guy Grossman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Information Technology and Political Engagement: Mixed Evidence from Uganda
November 18, 2016 Yongmei Zhou, Lead Institutional Development Specialist, World Bank
World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law
December 2, 2016 No Seminar
December 16, 2016 Jennifer Widner, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
The 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak Response: Evaluating the Effectiveness of National Coordination and Implementation Systems
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).
Bologna Faculty: William Hynes
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.
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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We appreciate the responses from all of you who have contacted us regarding your current endeavors. We hope to establish a complete list of IDEV student alumni updates. If you would like to update us with your updated contact information, plans, and/or future endeavors we kindly ask you to click the following link IDEV Alumni Form.
If you are interested in contacting our alumni or have additional questions regarding IDEV alumni affairs please contact the International Development Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've launched our Alumni Newsletter in AY2015-16 to keep you updated with the latest news, research and events from IDEV, and to provide an opportunity for you to connect with your fellow alumni. Within the Fall 2015 Edition, Spring 2016 Edition, and Fall 2016 Edition, you will find:
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.
2016-2017 Perspectives Editorial Team
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