International Development Council - UMD School of Public Policy

The International Development Council at UMD focuses on the economics, political, and ethical dimensions of development in developing countries.

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UMD-Spring Break: Peru: Sustainable Development, Environmental Policy and Human Rights (PLCY) | Global Maryland, University of Maryland

Hi all -

The Peru and Indonesia study abroad courses are open for applications!

Peru: https://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/education-abroad/program/10471?fbclid=IwAR0GnQquf2GzDJh4Gqsw5Rzi8nc3wnPDmgbrhhG4UcK_VzfKKqkh8oZb1Js

Indonesia: https://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/education-abroad/program/10272?fbclid=IwAR3V5lj7heZVC3rPpyhrBQR2FymbmxtWNgJx_IO3tNQ2xNybzkxngZ8JH60

globalmaryland.umd.edu This graduate-level course travels to the Amazon region of Madre de Dios in southeast Peru and to the coastal capital of Lima to explore key environmental, development, and human rights issues confronting the country and strategies for addressing them. In the Amazonian Madre de Dios / Tambopata regi...

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How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy, and Economic Development

Enjoy the warmer weather coming the rest of the week by checking out these IDEV events!

Wednesday, April 17th:
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy, and Economic Development
Center for Global Development
(https://www.cgdev.org/event/how-nations-succeed-manufacturing-trade-industrial-policy-and-economic-development)

Thursday, April 18th:
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Results of the Indonesian Elections: New Directions or More of the Same?
Center for Strategic and International Studies
(https://www.csis.org/events/results-indonesian-elections-new-directions-or-more-same)

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Delivering Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific
Center for Strategic and International Studies
(https://www.csis.org/events/delivering-prosperity-indo-pacific)

cgdev.org Industrialization was never an accident but an outcome of a well- crafted industrial policy. Analyzing the capacity and limits of the (developmental) state in the industrialization process and in economic development in general, Murat Yülek’s new book, How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, I...

[04/09/19]   Taking a *deep* breath because there are a lot of DC events going on this week to announce!

Ahem...

Wednesday, April 10
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Private Sector Financing in Developing Countries: Full of Promise or Over-Promised?
(https://www.cgdev.org/event/private-sector-financing-in-developing-countries-full-promise-or-overpromised)

Thursday, April 11
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2019 Global Development Forum
Center for Strategic and International Studies
(https://www.csis.org/events/2019-global-development-forum)

Thursday, April 11
8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Changing International Trading System: Value Chains, Digital Trade, and WTO Reform
Peterson Institute for International Economics
(https://piie.com/events/changing-international-trading-system-value-chains-digital-trade-and-wto-reform)

Thursday, April 11
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Future of the World Bank Under the Next President
Center for Global Development
(https://www.cgdev.org/event/future-world-bank-under-next-president)

Friday, April 12
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fiscal Policies for Health: Taxing Tobacco, Alcohol, and Sugary Beverages
Center for Global Development
(https://www.cgdev.org/event/fiscal-policies-health-taxing-tobacco-alcohol-and-sugary-beverages)

Friday, April 12
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Is sub-Saharan Africa facing another systemic sovereign debt crisis?
Brookings Institution
(https://www.brookings.edu/events/is-sub-saharan-africa-facing-another-systemic-sovereign-debt-crisis/)

[04/02/19]   *IDEV Council Event Update*

The IDEV Council Movie Night is being postponed until next Tuesday, April 9th. Apologies for any inconveniences caused and we look forward to seeing you there next week!

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IMF Fiscal Monitor on Curbing Corruption

A couple of great events going on around DC this week! Follow the links below for more information on speakers, locations, and RSVP-ing!

IMF Fiscal Monitor on Curbing Corruption: Thursday April 4th, 12:15pm - 1:30pm
https://piie.com/events/imf-fiscal-monitor-curbing-corruption

How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics: Thursday April 4th, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/how-statesmen-think-the-psychology-international-politics

piie.com The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) will hold a launch event for the release of the International Monetary Fund’s next Fiscal Monitor on April 4, 2019.

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RSVP - Sewing Hope

Announcement!

Next Tuesday, April 2nd the IDEV council will be showing a documentary, Sewing Hope, from 7:00pm - 8:00pm and we would love for you to join us! Sewing Hope focuses on the work of a Ugandan nun to empower, uplift, and rehabilitate young girls and women abducted and impacted by the Lords Resistance Army through counseling, vocational training, and community support.

If you are interested, please RSVP at the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsv7Juq-Vb83dH5Qs_gmMLbmffSFOizeqgsxBDrn7GC23noA/viewform?usp=sf_link

docs.google.com Watch the story of how a nun in Northern Uganda used a tailoring school to bring dignity, independence, and hope back to women who were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and Joseph Kony. Set in the town of Gulu, this short documentary helps to show that not all aid needs to be from multinationa...

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Empowering Ultra-Poor Women: Learning from Graduation Approaches

Just putting this event on the radar of people sticking around during Spring Break:

On Tuesday March 19th, The Center for Global Development will be holding a panel on Empowering Ultra-Poor Women: Learning from Graduation Approaches! Find out more about the panelists and RSVP at the link below:

https://www.cgdev.org/event/empowering-ultra-poor-women-learning-graduation-approaches

cgdev.org How can interventions best address the needs of the world’s poorest women? Evidence suggests that bundled services offer a viable pathway out of poverty. The graduation approach combines elements of social protection, livelihood development, and access to finance to move highly vulnerable househol...

[03/04/19]   Happy Monday everyone! Just a reminder that at 12:00pm we have our biannual IDEV + ISEP Town Hall! Please join us in room 1203 to learn more about course offerings, study abroad opportunities, and the professors teaching your courses next year!

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IDEV+ISEP Town Hall, Spring 2019

On Monday May 4th, the IDEV and ISEP Specializations will be holding there Town Hall in 1203 VMH!

RSVP to learn about new course offerings, meet professors, and also grab a slice of pizza:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiny8vFcI2DUyYTmT9GVl17ksN8M8LCbr8j_UmCUTOzZzTIA/viewform

docs.google.com The Town Hall is an opportunity for students to learn about upcoming courses and meet the faculty in the areas of International Development (IDEV) and International Security and Economic Policy (ISEP). Participants are also welcome to provide feedback and suggest new course topics for the IDEV/ISEP....

[02/18/19]   We would like to invite interested students to mark their calendars to join us TOMORROW, Tuesday, February 19th for our IDEV Council Meeting! We meet every other week to discuss development news, plan site visits and school events, and grow the international development community of campus.

We will meet in VMH room 2202A at 12:00pm, RSVP at:

https://goo.gl/forms/t2CKv3b6cahqGaGE3

If you have any questions, please contact us on our page or [email protected]!

We would like to invite interested students to mark their calendars to join us next Tuesday, February 19th for our IDEV Council Meeting! We meet every other week to discuss development news, plan site visits and school events, and grow the international development community of campus.

We will meet in VMH room 2202A at 12:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact us on our page or [email protected]!

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Bill Gates says poverty is decreasing. He couldn’t be more wrong | Jason Hickel

Happy Spring Semester! We're back with our weekly IDEV "food for thought." Check out this opinion piece about global health and poverty in The Guardian. Do you agree extreme poverty has declined over the last two centuries? Discuss!
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/29/bill-gates-davos-global-poverty-infographic-neoliberal

theguardian.com An infographic endorsed by the Davos set presents coerced proletarianisation as a triumph, says the academic Jason Hickel

[02/04/19]   Happy Monday SPP students!
Join the IDEV council for our first meeting this semester on Wednesday at noon in VMH 2202A.
A great way for International Development enthusiasts to be involved in the council activities, grow the International Development community, and help plan events for the semester🙂
We look forward to seeing you!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us on this page, or to Jordan Philipp!

[02/04/19]   Happy Monday SPP students!
Join the IDEV council for our first meeting this semester on Wednesday at noon in VMH 2202A.
This would be a great way for International Development enthusiasts to be involved in the council activities and help plan events for the semester🙂
We look forward to seeing you!

TWO big events this week!
1) Tuesday, December 4th we will be holding our last IDEV Council Meeting of the semester. We will also begin accepting new students into leadership positions, so lookout for messages in your emails and/or send us a message here!

2) Thursday, December 6th OWLI-Africa will be providing an informational session. Learn more about the NGO sector, education policy, and internship opportunities in Kenya!

RSVP because PIZZA will be provided: https://goo.gl/forms/f5CErG6I8uAeNTCF2

Happy Tuesday SPP'ers!
A friendly reminder to sign up for the information session on OWLI-Africa on December 6th.
Learn more about sustainable change and international internship opportunities over lunch 🙂
We look forward to seeing you there!
RSVP here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdS10QzTiXMbd52CeUqWxHtKVoFuO8_n1haPnmK3KOA4fQOOA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0F94foKsu9AHl0UygjjkCkHMo0mzWIcLUQYoGLuoJar7pwZq5wdxqoVD0

Interested in youth leadership? ICT for development and sustainable change? Looking for an internship abroad? Not sure but just want some free lunch? Check out our event on Dec 6th!

RSVP here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdS10QzTiXMbd52CeUqWxHtKVoFuO8_n1haPnmK3KOA4fQOOA/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Spring 2019 International Education Courses.pdf

Professor Klees of the Education Department is offering two international education courses, "Alternative Education, Alternative Development" and "The Political Economy of Education For All: From Jomtien to Incheon and Beyond" in Spring 2019. He often has SPP students in his classes and the course descriptions look fascinating! See the link for course descriptions and numbers (let me know if you can't see it). If you have any questions, you can contact Prof. Klees at [email protected].

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FocnbUsUbChv5E4YZtvQ-xA0-qkMGgjW/view?usp=sharing

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[11/12/18]   2 Big Announcements!

1) Tomorrow Tuesday, November 12th we will be holding an IDEV Council Meeting open to any interested and prospective students! We will be meeting at 12:00 at the 3rd floor table in the School of Public Policy.

2) Also tomorrow, there is a Peace Corps Panel featuring returned Peace Corps Volunteers AND the Director of Peace Corps, Dr. Josephine Olsen! The panel will be in the Global Crossroads Atrium, HJ Patterson Hall from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

We hope to see you at both of these events and please reach out if you have any questions!

Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society (GAPS) has invited speakers, including Former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for a crucial and timely discussion on how to create and maintain peace in fragile states.

According to the World Bank, the share of the extreme poor living in conflict-affected situations is expected to rise to nearly 50% by 2030. Meanwhile, ongoing and potential conflicts have overshadowed long-term development prospects in many countries. So how can development professionals solve development problems in conflict zones?

TIME: Friday, November 16, 2PM - 5PM
The main event from 2pm - 4pm will be followed by a networking reception with food and drinks from 4pm - 5pm.
LOCATION: Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-and-maintaining-peace-in-fragile-states-tickets-52151241768

Happy Tuesday! We are please to announce our Fall networking night for Friday, October 26th!

Join IDEV students from George Washington University, George Mason University, American University, and Johns Hopkins University for happy hour prices, light food, and socializing.

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/Zatn0VjR6UJCxEFH2

UMD School of Public Policy

Join the PLCY688Y: Practicing Public Policy course tomorrow for a lecture from Professor David Makovsky, director of the Project on the Middle East peace Process at the Washington Institute. His talk, titled, "Trump's Middle East Peace Plan: What are the Chances of Success?" is open to all SPP students who want to attend and participate in the conversation.

The talk will be in 2166 LeFrak Hall from 4:30-6pm on October 16.

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EU migration ‘crisis’ and African complicity in migration management - SAIIA

This week's article comes from SAIIA, a South African think-tank.

Explore a different perspective to the Africa - Europe migration dilemma. If the abstract interests you, you can find the full article on the right side of the page

https://www.saiia.org.za/research/eu-migration-crisis-and-african-complicity-in-migration-management/

saiia.org.za

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The potential of manufacturing and industrialization in Africa

This week's article is on the future of manufacturing and industrialization in Africa.

It is a short read, but if you find it interesting there is a link to the longer report on the left side of the page!

https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-potential-of-manufacturing-and-industrialization-in-africa/

brookings.edu Landry Signé discusses the evolution of manufacturing in Africa and offers an overview of opportunities in the sector, discussing trends, drivers, perspectives, and strategies for effective investment by 2030.

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USAID’s Largest Program for Afghan Women Is Falling Short, Watchdog Says

Hey SPP'ers!
This week's article from The Wall Street Journal talks about how the USAID's largest program for Afghan women has not made the desired impact in spite of spending almost $90 million over the past 3 years!

The article primarily highlights various reasons as to why this program may have failed and provides a forecast into what the future for this program may look like.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/usaids-largest-program-for-afghan-women-is-falling-short-watchdog-says-1536881208

wsj.com The U.S. Agency for International Development’s biggest program ever for Afghan women has spent almost $90 million over three years and has so far placed just 55 women in government jobs, a watchdog report said.

Happy Tuesday! The IDEV Council is happy to announce our first documentary night next Thursday at 7:00 in the SPP Lounge! We will be showing "Girl Rising", a documentary of nine girls around the world striving to push beyond their circumstances in life to gain an education and change the world.

If interested please RSVP here, we will be providing light snacks and refreshements: https://goo.gl/forms/1ndcQyvQqjFGVMVw2

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Is the Yemen Peace Process Coming Back to Life?

This week's featured article from International Crisis Group focuses on the current humanitarian crisis and civil war in Yemen, a conflict that has consistently stayed under the radar.

Organized as a series of questions and answers, this brief but informative article will help bring new readers up date, and give greater depth to those already following the conflict.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/gulf-and-arabian-peninsula/yemen/yemen-peace-process-coming-back-life

crisisgroup.org The UN special envoy to Yemen has invited the principal parties in the country’s civil war to Geneva for “consultations”. With the war rapidly approaching its fifth year, Crisis Group Consultant Peter Salisbury explains why any such Geneva talks are important and what should happen next.

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The case against a US retreat from international development

Hi IDEV-ers and other future policy-makers!

The IDEV Council is starting a new series on the FB page - alliterative, catchy name is TBD - where we share current news in foreign aid, international development, security, and the like. We've all got enough reading to do these days so we'll keep them short-ish and be sure to share bi-partisan views.

Feel free to start a discussion in the comments below, or just read and reflect on your own! This week, we'll keep it general with a piece from the president of the Brookings Institution, John R. Allen.

The Case Against a US Retreat from International Development
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2018/08/10/the-case-against-a-us-retreat-from-international-development/

brookings.edu Today, aid—and with it, U.S. global leadership—are under threat.

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