International Development

International Development Program
International Development Program
International Development Program

The International Development (IDEV) program educates and trains development practitioners who are passionate about finding sustainable solutions to end poverty.

Helping countries and communities to overcome the problems of poverty, disease and exclusion, and to protect human rights are among the biggest challenges our globalized world faces today.

The IDEV program nurtures a corps of international development practitioners for leadership roles in policy and practice.

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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.

Academic Calendars

IDEV 2015 Practicum Client Presentations: ASER Center, FEMSA, Mercy Corps, PFAN (Deloitte), World Bank Water and Sanitation, and World Resources Institute (WRI)
International Development Program Intersession Trip, South Africa, January 2013
Bologna IDEV students attend the 2015 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ball in Vienna. Pictured left to right: Colin Wright, Andrew Caruso, Sorana Acris, Laura Saiki, Valerie Tan, Katherine Delavan, Julienne Lauler, Gabor Debreczeni, Deea Ariana, Tom Bellhouse.
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Faculty

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  • Deborah
    Bräutigam
    Bernard L. Schwartz Professor in International Political Economy, Professor of International Development and Comparative Politics, Director of International Development Program and China-Africa Research Initiative
    Washington, D.C.
  • Michael G.
    Plummer
    Director, SAIS Europe
    Bologna, Italy
  • Tanvi
    Nagpal
    Associate Director and Associate Practitioner in Residence
    Washington, D.C.
  • Raffaella A.
    Del Sarto
    Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
    Bologna, Italy
  • Cinnamon
    Dornsife
    Senior Advisor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Senior Fellow, The Foreign Policy Institute
    Washington, D.C.
  • Daniel
    Honig
    Assistant Professor of International Development
    Washington, D.C.
  • Winrich
    Kühne
    Steven Muller Professor in German Studies
    Bologna, Italy
  • Erika
    Meucci
    Lecturer in Mathematics
    Bologna, Italy
  • Dorothy
    M.
    Sobol
    Coordinator of Emerging Markets Specialization, Senior Adjunct Professor
    Washington, D.C.
  • Alan
    M.
    Trager
    Senior Research Professor, Director, Public-Private Partnerships Initiative
    Washington, D.C.

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Program Activities

 

Development Roundtable

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

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.

 

Perspectives: IDEV Student-Led Publication

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 saisidev@jhu.edu or visit our archive here

AY2013-14 Perspectives Launch Event - Recorded April 2nd, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krtJihtFs_c
 


Photo Credit: Seva Karpauskaite, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

 

 

 

 

Curriculum

 

International Development Program | M.A. Requirements

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.

 

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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 Requirements Chart         IDEV Course Schedule Fall 16
 

IDEV REQUIREMENTS

  • 1 course Introduction to Development (SA.400.821) required in the fall semester of the first year
  • 2 courses starting with the prefix SA.400.XXX and/or IDEV Approved Regional Courses
  • 3 courses from one of the Professional Tracks 

IDEV Professional Tracks
Students choose one of the following:

  • Development Economics (DevEc)
  • Finance and Development (F&D)
  • Governance, Politics and Development (GP&D)
  • Management for Development (MfD)
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Business (SEB)
  • Social Policy and Programs (SP)
  • Self-Designed (Program Approval Required)
  • Trade and Development (T&D) (no longer offered)

Approved Courses for IDEV Professional Tracks AY15-16
 

 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

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.

 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

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.

 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

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

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

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.

 

CAPSTONE

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

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2014-2015
Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010

Minor

International Development Minor Requirements: (as of AY 15/16)

  • 3 IDEV courses (12 credits) in total
  • 1 required course, Introduction to Development (SA.400.821, section 02)
  • 2 additional courses (8 credits) with the IDEV prefix of SA.400.XXX

General Minor Requirements:

  • Minors are optional (like specializations)
  • A student can minor in only one area
  • A student cannot pursue a minor in International Economics or IR/General, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics
  • Minors consist of three courses
  • Some minors will have a required course(s)
  • Some minors will have an “anchor” course or cross-listed course that counts toward both the concentration and the minor which reduces the three additional required courses to two, as the third will overlap both programs; in the IR or Asia concentrations, the course must be from the primary concentration area (Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, China, Japan, etc.) and not from the two additional required courses across the other IR or Asia areas
  • Regional minors may require language study or proficiency in the language of that region
  • A student can declare a minor at any time—prior to graduation
  • Students who are pursuing a minor in a program will not have bidding priority in that program (only concentrators)

To add or change a minor, please click HERE.

Specializations and Practicum


Specializations

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:

  • Athena Infonomics - City Development, India:  Worked with government officials, civil society organizations, and academics to determine possible strategies to leverage technology to engage directly with citizens to improve service delivery in urban areas.  Particular attention was paid to road quality. The team will build on RoadLab app, which was used as the key element in a blueprint for identifying poor-quality road construction to be targeted for repair. Final Deliverable.
  • Athena Infonomics - Sanitation Planning, India: Supported the development of a Decision Support System (DSS) Tool to aid policymakers in determining future urban sanitation investments.  Students carried out field work in Chennai and Vellore, India and created a blueprint for a DSS tool that will be shared with Athena. Final Deliverable.
  • International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka: Assess the threats and opportunities to the fishing communities surrounding Negombo Lagoon through meetings and focus groups with key government officials, fishermen, and non-profit organizations in the area.  Conducted extensive research to describe the cause of declining ecosystems and shrinking catch size, and determine possible strategies for solving these problems. Final Deliverable.
  • Promundo, Egypt:  The Practicum team worked with the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) team of Promundo to identify potential partners and support adoption of Promundo’s gender equality activities to new contexts in the Middle East.  Final deliverable results included a comprehensive stakeholder map for new partners as well as policy recommendations for expanding into Morocco. Final Deliverable.
  • Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence Foundation (SACE), Kenya:  Four IDEV students traveled to Kenya to work with SACE and determine possible strategies for improving Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) to better meet the needs of Chinese firms operating in Africa.  Interviews in Eldoret, Nairobi, and Mombasa determined gaps and areas of weakness in the TVET market in Kenya, and final deliverables will result in proposed strategies for achieving long-term sustainability and further growth for SACE. Final Deliverable.
  • Zhongfu International Investment Company, Nigeria: IDEV students worked with their client to assess the successes and opportunities for the Ogun-Guandong Free Trade Zone with a particular focus on management strategies and sustainable growth for the FTZ.  Final deliverables will include suggestions for further management and organizational strategies to improve the FTZ. Final Deliverable.

IDEV AY2015-16 Practicum Client Presentation on 4/27/2016 with Presentation Video and PowerPoint Presentation.


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.

  • ASER-India: Work with ASER, the premier independent evaluator of educational inputs and outcomes in India, to understand how to incorporate twenty-first century skills into educational curricula and evaluate readiness among students and teachers in government schools. Students carried of field work in India and created new qualitative and quantitative tools for ASER. Final Deliverable.
  • FEMSA Foundation, Mexico: Evaluate the existing nutritional education programs in Food Banks supported by the Foundation and create new monitoring and evaluation tools for the Foundation. These are supported by training tools for staff. The team also completed an evaluation of potential partners for the Foundation. All research and tools are in Spanish. Final Deliverable and Measurement Plan.
  • Mercy Corps, the Philippines: Using primary qualitative and quantitative survey data and an extensive literature survey, student produced a comprehensive report on the determinants of disaster resilience in the Philippines. Their analysis focused on financial inclusion and an evaluation of Mercy Corps' unconditional cash transfer program in the typhoon affected areas of the Philippines. Final Deliverable.
  • Private Financing Advisory Network-Asia, Cambodia: A student team assisted PFAN-Asia to document the demand for solar energy in Cambodia with a view to creating a business case for independent investors. The final deliverable is a "business case" for solar photovoltaic as a viable profit-seeking model, with accompanying financial modeling detailing both the expected returns per transaction as well as the overall financials for a business operating in this space if the entrepreneur began pursuing the proposed model starting in 2016.  Final Deliverable.
  • World Resources Institute, China and the Philippines: WRI worked with students to explore options to promote sustainability at new multilateral financial institutions New Development Bank (NDB) formed by the BRICS, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) formed by the Government of China. This timely research has the potential to influence the environmental and social safeguards policies adopted by both MFIs.  Final Deliverable.
  • Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank, Cambodia: The team conducted in-depth surveys to evaluate the state of sanitation businesses in rural Cambodia. It created guidelines for the formation and implementation of a business association of sanitation-related service providers in Cambodia with a view to helping the country reach millions of Cambodians who currently lack access to improved sanitation. Final Deliverable and Break-Even Analysis.  

IDEV AY2014-15 Practicum Client Presentation on 4/29/2015 with Presentation Video and PowerPoint Presentation.

 
2015 IDEV Practicum Team 

 
Mercy Corps Team: Grace Harter, Meredith Kummings, Daniel Hudner
(not pictured, Joanna Van Asselt)   (Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Kasuya, SAIS)


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:

  • Indian Institute of Emergency Medical Services (Kottayam, India)
  • LV Prasad Eye Institute (Hyderabad, India)
  • Reap Benefit (Bangalore, India)
  • Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank (Washington, D.C.)

IDEV Practicum Client Presentations 2013-14 on 4/29/2014 with 2013-14 Student Final Deliverables




Events

 

 

2016
Apr
27
IDEV Practicum Client Presentations
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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.

Apr
21
CARI Policy Roundtable: Chinese Loans to Africa: What's the Real Deal?
10:30am - 1:30pm

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.

Apr
20
CANCELED: CARI roundtable: Working with China in Sudan and South Sudan: A Conversation with Ambassador Donald Booth
11:30am - 1:30pm

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. 

Apr
19
CARI film screenings: When China Met Africa and China Remix
6:30pm - 9:00pm

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. 

Apr
18
CARI Policy Roundtable: What is China Really Doing in Rural Africa?
10:30am - 1:30pm

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? 

Apr
14
Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial Lecture Series, Foreign Policy Institute, and IDEV Development Roundtable - President Takehiko Nakao "Asian Economic Outlook and the Roles of the Asian Development Bank"
4:30pm - 6:00pm

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.

Mar
30
IDEV Development Roundtable - Mrs. Kavita Ramdas "The Power of Indigenous Philanthropy”
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

Mar
24
The SAIS China Studies, IDEV & ERE Programs Joint Special Lecture by Prof. Alan Trager - "How to Move from Concept to Operations Advanced Urban Development and Sustainability in China"
4:30pm - 6:00pm

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.

Mar
23
IDEV Development Roundtable - Dr. Miles Kahler "Rising Powers or Sliding Powers? Emerging Economies and Global Governance"
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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).

 

Mar
9
Development Roundtable - Dr. Sarah Gammage "Gender, Migration and the Commodification of Care"
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.




2015
Nov
18
IDEV Development Roundtable - Dr. Steven Radelet "The Great Surge"
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

Nov
11
IDEV Development Roundtable - Mr. Enrique Rueda-Sabater "Well-Being and the Role of the Private Sector in Economic Development"
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

Nov
2
SAIS IDEV Perspectives Magazine Launch
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

Oct
29
IDEV Development Roundtable - "Will Africa Feed China?" by Dr. Deborah Brautigam
4:30pm - 6:00pm

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.

Oct
14
IDEV Development Roundtable - Dr. Shenggen Fan "Global Food System in the Context of Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) and Climate Change
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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. 

 

 

 

Oct
5
The Future of Development Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific
12:30pm - 1:45pm

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.

Apr
29
IDEV Practicum Client Presentations
12:00pm - 2:00pm

The IDEV Practicum was designed to provide students with the tools and opportunity to work with an external client on a development problem or opportunity. It also allowed teams of students the opportunity to apply their research, analysis and practical skills to an issue that is of direct relevance to the client. Students will briefly describe their experience, research and the final outputs delivered to their clients.

Apr
28
Govern Like Us: U.S. Expectations of Poor Governments
4:30pm - 6:00pm

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.

Apr
23
Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
4:30pm - 6:00pm

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."

Apr
22
Roundtable Discussion: The Competitive Advantage of SAIS
5:00pm - 6:30pm

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.

Apr
21
IDEV Special Seminar by Prof. Chris Blattman - Reducing crime and violence: Experimental evidence on adult noncognitive investments in Liberia
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Professor Chris Blattman, Ph.D., MPA/ID Associate Professor, SIPA & Political Science, Columbia University, will discuss the topic.

In many countries poor young men have high rates of crime and violence, and in fragile states they are targets for mobilization into election intimidation, rioting, and rebellion. The most common policy responses are jobs or policing. We investigate an alternative approach in Liberia: rehabilitation programs, which aim to change the skills and values of the highest risk men. We show that noncognitive skills and identity are malleable in adulthood, and investments can reduce costly antisocial behaviors. We recruited 999 Liberian men engaged in crime, violence, and drug trafficking. We randomized half to eight weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy to foster self-control skills (anger management, self-discipline) and a noncriminal self-image and values. We also randomized a $200 grant. Cash led to short-lived income gains. Therapy increased self-control and noncriminal values, and led to large, sustained falls in crime and violence over a year. Therapy's impacts were greatest when followed by cash, as the short-lived boost to income reinforced behavioral changes. Rehabilitation could be a powerful, cost effect tools to foster peace and stability, from fragile states to US inner cities.

Apr
15
IDEV Development Roundtable - Emergency Preparedness and Mitigation Response
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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.

Apr
10
IDEV + China-Africa Research Initiative Conference
12:30pm - 9:00pm

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.

WEBCAST: (session 1)

WEBCAST: (session 2)

Apr
1
CANCELED: IDEV Dev Rountable - Ruling Capital: Emerging Markets and the Reregulation of Cross-Border Finance
4:30pm - 6:00pm

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.

Mar
26
IDEV Dev Roundtable - USAID's Vision for Ending Extreme
4:30pm - 6:00pm

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.

Mar
25
NEDA Wants to Die - A play on Gender Violence
4:30pm - 6:00pm

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.

Feb
25
IDEV Dev Roundtable - Susan Davis, BRAC USA
5:30pm - 7:00pm

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.

Feb
24
IDEV/CARI Seminar: Social Responsibility or Development Responsibility? The Social and Environmental impact of Chinese Investments in Africa
5:30pm - 7:00pm

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. 

Feb
17
Cancelled: CANCELED: IDEV Dev Roundtable - USAID's Vision for Ending Extreme Poverty
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Steve O'Connell, chief economist, USAID, will discuss this topic.

Jan
27
IDEV Special Seminar by Professor Lisa Poggiali
7:00pm - 8:00pm

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.  

Jan
27
IDEV Special Seminar by Professor Lisa Poggiali
7:00pm - 8:00pm

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. 

 

2014
Dec
18
Governing Informality: "Jugaad" Governance in Mumbai
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Shahana Chattaraj, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government, will discuss how informality shapes state practices.

Dec
17
IDEV Special Seminar by Professor Gregory Pierce
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Professor Gregory Pierce, urban planning Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles will discuss this topic. 
 

Dec
11
Navigation by Judgment: Organizational Autonomy in the Delivery of Foreign Aid
4:00pm - 5:00pm

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. 

Nov
20
A Brazilian Model of Development? Investigating the Nature and Sources of Brazil's Inclusive Growth Performance
6:30pm - 8:00pm

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.

Nov
6
Innovations in International Development: Lessons from a Front Line Social Entrepreneur
6:30pm - 8:00pm

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.

Nov
5
Does Decentralization Improve Service Delivery?
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Charles Cadwell, director of the Urban Institute Center on International Development and Governance, will discuss this topic.

Oct
29
Political Order and Political Decay
9:30pm - 11:00pm

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.

Oct
29
Frank Fukuyama: Political Order and Political Decay
9:30pm - 11:00pm

Dr. Francis Fukuyama,Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Stanford University, will discuss his new book "Political Order and Political Decay" - co-hosted by the International Development Program, the Foreign Policy Institute and the American Interest Magazine.
 

Oct
20
The New Kings of Crude: China, Oil, and Civil War in Sudan and South Sudan
10:30pm - 12:00am

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.

Oct
9
Financial Globalization in China
5:30pm - 7:00pm

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.

Oct
8
Working With the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Brian Levy, senior adjunct professor of International Development, will discuss this topic.

Oct
1
Trade Links Between Asia and Latin America
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Naoyuki Yoshino, dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, will discuss this topic.

 

Sep
30
China Africa Research Initiative Kickoff Meeting
5:30pm - 7:00pm

The China Africa Research Initiative will host  a kickoff meeting. Note: This event is off the record.

May
17
IDEV China Africa Research Initiative Conference
1:00pm - 7:00pm

Various speakers will discuss this topic during the conference.

May
16
China’s Agricultural Investment in Africa: ‘Land Grabs’ or ‘Friendship Farms’?
2:00pm - 10:30pm

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.

Apr
8
China’s Growing Aid Program in the Pacific: Cooperation or Competition with Australia?
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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.

Apr
3
Climate Change with Economic Growth: What to Watch in 2014
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Andrew Steer, president and CEO of World Resources Institute, will discuss this topic.

Apr
2
Perspectives Launch
9:00pm - 11:30pm

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.

Mar
5
Development Aid Confronts Politics: The Almost Revolution
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss this topic.

Feb
12
Launching and Scaling Social Enterprises
6:30pm - 8:00pm

James Thompson, director of the Wharton Social Enterprise Program at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss this topic.

2013
Dec
4
Drivers of Growth in Middle and Low-Income Sub-Saharan Africa
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Antoinette Sayeh, director of the  Africa Department at the IMF and former Finance Minister of Liberia, will discuss this topic.

Nov
14
The Poor, the Political Economy, and the Role of Patient Capital
11:30pm - 1:00am

Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, will discuss this topic.

Nov
14
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty
10:30pm - 12:00am

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.

Nov
6
What Can Go Wrong on the Path to Prosperity? Understanding Global Risks and Vulnerabilities of Low-Income Countries
6:30pm - 12:00am

Olaf Unteroberdoerster, deputy division chief for the Low-Income Countries Division at the International Monetary Fund, will discuss this topic.

Nov
1
The Governance Reform Agenda at the IMF
5:30pm - 7:00pm

John Lipsky, distinguished visiting scholar of international economics and former acting managing director of the IMF, will discuss this topic.

Oct
23
The Medical Humanitarian Action of Doctors without Borders
5:30pm - 7:00pm

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.

Oct
21
Rare Earth Elements
11:00pm - 1:00am

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.

Oct
18
A Historical Perspective of Social Movements in Brazil (Past, Present, and Future) and Their Contribution for Reducing Sexual Exploitation Against Children and Adolescents
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Jair Meneguelli, president of the National Industrial Services Council (SESI) in Brazil, will discuss this topic.

Oct
16
Risks to Aid Workers
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Melissa Thomas, SAIS associate professor of International Development, will discuss this topic.

Oct
11
Public-Private Partnerships
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Alan M. Trager, a visiting scholar and professorial lecturer in the International Development Program, will discuss this topic.

Oct
4
Development Beyond 2015: After the Millennium Development Goals
5:30pm - 7:00pm

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.

Sep
27
The Governance Reform Agenda at the International Monetary Fund
5:00pm - 7:00pm

John Lipsky, SAIS distinguished visiting scholar of international economics and former IMF first deputy managing director, will discuss this topic.

Sep
11
Careers in Development Kickoff Meeting
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Students interested in careers in international development are invited to the first general meeting of the Careers in Development Club.

Sep
10
Determinants of Financial Stress in Emerging Asia
9:30pm - 11:00pm

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.

Sep
4
IDEV Fall 2013 Meet the Faculty
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Faculty, students and staff of the International Development Program have a meet and greet lunch.

May
28
Social Justice in Sustainable Development
11:00pm - 1:00am

Mary David, a U.S. Department of State representative, will discuss this topic. Note: This event has been cancelled.

Apr
30
The Global Food Security Index
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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 fklubes@jhu.edu.

Apr
30
Can the Cash Transfers Revolution Be Harnessed to Fight the Oil Curse?
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Todd Moss, vice president for programs and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, will discuss this topic. 

Apr
25
The Present and the Future of HIV Prevention
10:30pm - 12:00am

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. 

Apr
23
Global Issues in Agriculture: Perspectives on Tackling Food Security
3:00pm - 5:00pm

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.

Apr
18
Partnerships on the Frontier
9:30pm - 11:00pm

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. 

Apr
18
U.S. International Development Policy: The Role for Trade, Investment and the Private Sector
6:45pm

Daniel Runde, director of the Project on Prosperity and Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will discuss this topic. 

Apr
12
Impact Investing and Sustainable Development
5:30pm - 6:45pm

Elisabeth Littefield, president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, will discuss this topic

Apr
5
Trade and Development: World Trade Organization and the Doha Development Round
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Michael Moore, ambassador of New Zealand to the United States and former director-general of the World Trade Organization, will discuss this topic. 

Mar
27
How Will You Do in an Everyone a Changemaker, Team-of-Teams World?
5:30pm - 7:00pm

William Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka, will discuss this topic. 

Mar
8
Political and Economic Aspects of Foreign Land Grabs in Developing Countries
4:00pm - 5:45pm

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. 

Mar
6
POSTPONED: Can the Cash Transfers Revolution Be Harnessed to Fight the Oil Curse?
6:30pm - 7:45pm

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. 

Feb
22
NGOs Facing Challenges of a 21st Century World
6:30pm - 7:45pm

Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, will discuss this topic. 

2012
Dec
7
Whither U.S. and EU Farm Policy?
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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.

Dec
6
Impacts of EU Membership on the Agriculture Sector of New Member Countries
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Csaba Csaki, president emeritus of Budapest University of Economics (now Corvinus University), will discuss this topic.

Nov
30
Water and Energy: Sources of Growth or Security Threats?
6:30pm - 8:00pm

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.

Nov
30
Water snd Energy: Sources of Growth or Security Threats?
1:30pm - 3:00pm

"Securing water for all is a major challenge faced by the Asia-Pacific region.  The presentation discusses the issues and challenges surrounding the water-energy nexus and the broader subject of water security.  How water security should be measured and what are the core issues that need to be addressed will be the highlight of the presentation.  The presentation concludes with key take away messages".

Nov
26
Aid and Incentives
6:30pm - 8:00pm

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.

Nov
26
Aid and Incentives
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Nov
14
Alumni Tertulia
1:30pm - 3:00pm

TBC

Nov
9
**NO AV**Introduction to Development
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Nov
9
Corruption in Developing Countries
1:15pm - 3:15pm

Nov
1
Microfinance and Development II
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Oct
19
"Rebuilding Public Administration in Post-Conflict Countries"
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Mr. Larry Cooley founded MSI in 1981; one of the world’s premier development consulting firms. MSI is now part of Coffey International Development, a global developing consulting firm with headquarters in Australia, and have more than 1,350 employees, offices in 10 countries and approximately 200 on-going projects worldwide.
Mr. Cooley oversaw a 5 year public administration re-building of post conflict Iraq under a USD 350 Million project funded by the USAID, A project that was responsible for re-training 105,000 Iraqi civil servants, re-activate management systems in 11 ministries, formulate and pass civil service reform to institute a structure for effective service delivery and develop policy creation capabilities. He will discuss the lessons learnt from Iraq and Afghanistan and possible applications in MENA after the Arab spring. 
He is a specialist in strategic management, public sector performance and organizational development. He has served as an advisor to cabinet officials in federal agencies and in more than a dozen countries.
For 15 years, he was the Chairperson of the American Society of Public Administration’s Development Management Network. He directed USAID’s Implementing Policy Change program that assisted governments worldwide. He has also previously worked at the World Bank and UNPD. 

Oct
12
"Current Trends in International Evaluations"
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Ray Rist is the President of IDEAS and one of the creators and co-directors of International Program for Development Evaluation (IDET).
A long time expert at the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank, He has also been a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins, Cornell, and George Washington Universities and has been a consultant to many national and international organizations, including, OECD, DFID, IADB, a range of corporations, and various House & Senate committees in the United States.
His work has focused on public sector performance, especially that of results based management and measurement, and he has been an advisor to senior government officials in more than 50 countries on how to design and build results-based M&E systems
Author of more than 140 articles and monographs, He has also authored or edited 26 books, including The Road to Results: Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations (World Bank Training Series), which is the standard text book for all M&E courses across universities including SAIS.
He has lectured in more than 75 countries. Dr. Rist serves on the editorial boards of nine professional journals and chairs an international working group that collaborates on research related to evaluation and governance.

Our Alumni

 

IDEV Alumni

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.

If you would like to stay connected log on to InCircle to register and keep in touch!  In addition there is also a SAIS International Development group on Linked In.

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 saisidev@jhu.edu.

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 and Spring 2016 Edition, you will find: 

  • Alumni updates and contact information
  • News from the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI)
  • Information on how to contribute to SAIS Perspectives, the IDEV student-run online magazine
  • Updates on this year's IDEV Practicum projects
  • Upcoming IDEV events in DC and elsewhere
  • Information on new courses, professors, and more! 

External Resources

 

IDEV Blog

See our new blog, click here.  

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.

 

Perspectives

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 (tnagpal1@jhu.edu)
Maria Lopez Conde, Editor-in-Chief (mlopezc2@jhu.edu)
Brittany Grabel, Senior Editor (bgrabel1@jhu.edu)
Krishnan Raghavan, Senior Editor (kraghav1@jhu.edu)
TBD, DC-based Editor
TBD, Bologna-based Editor
TBD, Bologna-based Editor

Click here for past publications. 
 

Online Office Hours Sign Up - Spring Semester 2016

For Professors Brautigam, Nagpal, Dornsife, and Honig, please sign up at Sign Up Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/

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You will need your e-mail address for making or changing an appointment online.  If you need to meet with Professor Brautigam outside of these hours, please contact Ada Ho at tho15@jhu.edu to schedule an appointment.

 

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Contact Us


Deborah Bräutigam
Bernard L. Schwartz Professor in International Political Economy, Professor of International Development and Comparative Politics, Director of the International Development Program
dbrautigam@jhu.edu
202-650-5412
BOB 733

Tanvi Nagpal
Associate Director of the International Development Program, Associate Practitioner-in-Residence
tnagpal1@jhu.edu
(202) 663-5947
BOB 732

Cinnamon Dornsife
Senior Advisor of the International Development Program, Associate Practitioner-in-Residence
cdornsife@jhu.edu
202-663-5691
BOB 726

Robin Washington
Academic Program Coordinator
BOB 734

Ada Ho
Acting Program Coordinator
tho15@jhu.edu
202-663-5943
BOB 731

Nicole Kazi
Interim Program Assistant
nkazi1@jhu.edu
202-663-5929
BOB 728

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1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
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Washington, D.C. 20036

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