IPID Career & Networking Event

IPID will be hosting a networking event on careers in international development. The event will consist of a panel of five professionals engaged in different aspects of development work and focusing on a range of global regions. Panelists will share their organization’s role in development, how the panelists themselves got involved in development work, and what skills are necessary to become a development professional. After the panel, there will be refreshments and time for students and panelists to connect with each other more informally.
Date: April 8th, from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 180
1) Brian Foster, USAID Contractor
2) Kayla Mueller (MDP), The Improve Group
3) Machelle Norling (MPA), Development Director, Hope Now

4) Anne Hussian (MPA), Dodoma Tanzania Health Development

5) Karen Baumgaertner, Land O’Lakes International Development
Boxed lunch will be provided
Please RSVP via the EventBrite link as space is limited.

IPID Talk with Professor Brian Atwood on Development Cooperation: Somewhere Between Easterly and Sachs

IPID Talk with Professor Brian Atwood on Development Cooperation: Somewhere Between Easterly and Sachs

When: November 20th from 4-5 PM
Where: Humphrey School Room 205 (Freeman Commons)
What: Come hear from a development official on the case for international aid

This should be an excellent follow up to the event with William Easterly. Brian Atwood, the former USAID administrator and current professor at the Humphrey School, will be discussing the behavioral changes that have been underway in the development community, the complexity of getting it right, the effort to improve the “aid architecture,” the strategic importance of official development assistance and the challenges of policy coherence for development.

IPID Talk: Everyday Gendered Harms & Customary Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo

IPID Talk: Everyday Gendered Harms and Customary Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Presenter: Holly Dunn, University of Minnesota, Political Science

When: November 13th from 2-3 PM

Where: Walter library, Room 405

Baraza Mediators

Holly with baraza mediators

Sexual violence against women in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has garnered international attention, eliciting calls to end impunity and prosecute wartime rape. However, ‘everyday harms,’ often worsened by armed conflict, have gone largely understudied and insufficiently addressed by the revamped state legal system. Instead, individuals often turn to customary justice systems to deal with these harms. Based on a three month field study of baraza, a customary justice mechanism in the eastern DRC, I explore three common forms of everyday gendered harms against women: domestic violence, polygynous relationships and witchcraft accusations. These harms have been inadequately addressed by the legal system. My paper suggests that developing an understanding of local norms and beliefs helps explain the continued importance of customary justice systems for dealing with ‘everyday’ gendered harms against women, as well as an awareness of the constraints within which these systems function. I argue that customary justice is a complex and contested space where gender inequality can be both challenged and reproduced.

Women as agents of change

Women protestors from a protest in November 2011

IPID Talk with Elisheva Cohen, PhD student in Comparative and International Development Education

Title: Education in Emergencies – Ebola’s impact on education

Children have the right to education, even during times of conflict or crisis. But how can we assure access to high quality education during an emergency and through the phases of reconstruction? In this interactive presentation, participants will learn about the Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies and their foundational tool, the Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery. Participants will apply the Minimum Standards to the case of the ebola outbreak in west Africa.

When: November 11th from 2-3 PM

Where: Walter library, Room 405

MS Poster_English

About the presenter: Elisheva Cohen is a PhD student in Comparative and International Development Education. Her research focuses on issues of citizenship, migration and education in the Middle East, with a particular interest in urban refugees. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University where she studied education in conflict, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region. She has Bachelor’s Degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in Middle Eastern Studies and Hebrew Literature, respectively. She is a member of the Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies and served as their Minimum Standards intern in 2010.

The First IPID Talk of the 2014-2015 School Year!

IPID Presents

Vietnam Collage

September IPID Talk with IPID Travel Grant Winner Megan Butler

Payment for Ecosystems in the Thua Thien Hue Province of Vietnam 

Date: Wednesday Sep 10, 2014
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Humphrey School Freeman Commons (Room 205)
RSVP via EventBrite

We are very excited to have our first IPID talk of the year. Our first talk will be with Megan Butler (a IPID travel grant recipient) and a team of MDP students who recently conducted research in Vietnam. Read Megan’s description of the project below and we will see you there!

This presentation will describe the research that our MDP field team performed this summer on the feasibility of the implementation of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs in the Thua Thien Hue Province in Vietnam.  Payments for Ecosystem Services work to incentivize the mitigation of climate change and natural resource degradation by offsetting the costs of forest protection for  forest-dependent communities. Our team performed a literature review of existing PES pilot programs in Vietnam in order to identify characteristics of successful PES programs in the country and then conducted a series of community interviews in the Nam Dong district of Thua Thien-Hue province to determine the potential pitfalls and possible successes of PES implementation in the Province. The IPID presentation will provide a brief background of the current context of PES programs implementation in Vietnam and discuss the insights gained from the team’s field research. 


Fall General Assembly Meeting- RSVP

Join Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID) for the Fall General Assembly meeting.

IPID brings together students from different areas of focus such as Public Health, Law, Education, Applied Economics and Public Affairs to discuss international development issues and plan related events.

When: Tuesday- September 9th from 12:30-1:30pm

Where: AfroDeli/African Development Center, Meridel LeSueur Conference Room


  • Enjoy refreshments from AfroDeli.
  • Meet and engage with students who share an interest in international development.
  • Join the dialogue and give input about events and topics that IPID could cover for the coming academic year.
  • Learn about ways to get involved with organizing events and being on the IPID Leadership Board or a planning committee.

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