Harvard International Development Conference 2016
The International Development Group (IDG) is a graduate student organization at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. IDG is comprised of graduate students of public policy and management, arts management, information systems, and entertainment industry management. The core mission of IDG is to raise awareness and participation in international development issues through a public policy perspective. IDG is engaged in promoting events such as student presentations, potlucks and movie showings, establishing professional relationships between current IDG members and alumni working in the international development field, and building partnerships with international non-profits. IDG members bring a wide variety of skill sets, aspirations, backgrounds, and international experiences to the table. Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, members have thrived in fields as diverse as journalism, international relations, education, youth development, Peace Corps, and consulting.
Each year, IDG members travel to Harvard University in Boston for the International Development Conference hosted by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. The conference attracts renowned practitioners from the field of international development and leading experts in academia to address current trends and issues in international development. Previous keynote speakers include Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Felipe Calderon, former President of Mexico; and Abhijit Banerjee, Professor of Economics at MIT.
This year's theme is "Pathways to Progress: Exploring Successes and Opportunities." The conference will host a number of keynote speakers and workshops, including those regarding: implementing evidence-based decision making practices, using big data in development policy, leveraging foreign direct investment for sustained growth, and strengthening female representation in democratic institutions.
The Harvard International Development Conference is a wonderful opportunity for Carnegie Mellon students to learn more about the field of international development. At the conference, IDG members get to learn about successes and failures in the field, development theories, techniques for implementation, and the challenges and rewards of working in development. Furthermore, students have the chance to network with their peers from around the world, and with professionals in the development field. Overall, the conference provides an unparalleled level of networking and professional development opportunities to Carnegie Mellon students interested in working in international development.
Where Your Money Goes
With your support, IDG would like to send 14 students to the Harvard International Development Conference. The group has been hard at work fundraising for the project over the past year in order to supplement our $6,000 crowdfunding goal. Your donation will directly support the group in funding the following:
- Conference Registration Fees
- Flight Reservations
- Travel Expenses
Thank you so much for your support of the Carnegie Mellon University-Heinz College International Development Group!