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Spring 2014

Workshop in Development Practice - Final Presentations

When: Thursday, May 1 and Friday, May 2, 2014
Time: 9:00 - 6:00 pm
Where: Room 1512, SIPA

Twenty-one workshop teams engaged in cutting-edge development projects with clients in twenty-one different countries. Projects involved rural development, health and education, environment, governance, gender, infrastructure, microfinance, media development, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and private sector development. The teams shared their findings and recommendations with students, clients, faculty advisors and the general public in a two-day conference. More details about this year's project can be found here



Corruption: Key Challenges for Local, National and International Institutions

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Room 1501, SIPA

We hosted Huguette Labelle, Chair of the Board of Transparency International, the world's premier non-governmental anticorruption organization. 



Career Club: Development Consulting

When: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 1302, SIPA

EPD's Career Club is a professional development series that introduces students to various career trajectories within the development space and guides students on how to best use their time and resources at SIPA to pursue their career goals. The discussion includes experienced second years, professors, topical student groups, and the Office of Career Services. Our final session discussed careers in consulting. 



Expanding the Frontiers of Development Thought

When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time: 6:15 - 8:00 pm
Where: Room 1501, SIPA

David M. Malone, Rector of the United Nations University, discussed his latest book "International Development - Ideas, Experience and Prospects".



The Economic Challenges of the Political Transition in Chile

When: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Room 707, SIPA

Ricardo Ffrench-Davis, Professor of Economics at the University of Chile, shared his perspectives on Chilean economy during this transitional period. 



Beyond Open Data: Leveraging Information and Collaboration to Illuminate Trends in Cambodia and Across the Lower Mekong Region

When: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 801, SIPA

Terry Parnell, Founder of the East West Management Institute's Open Development Cambodia project, discussed her extensive regional work on development and humantarian assistance, specifically open data and their importance in development projects across Cambodia. 



Making Infrastructure Work for Women

When: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 801, SIPA

We hosted Shireen LateefSenior Gender Advisor at Asian Development Bank, for a lecture and discussion on ADB's gender programs and initiatives. 



Career Club: Macroeconomic Policy and Multilateral Agencies

When: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 1302, SIPA

EPD's Career Club is a professional development series that introduces students to various career trajectories within the development space and guides students on how to best use their time and resources at SIPA to pursue their career goals. The discussion includes experienced second years, professors, topical student groups, and the Office of Career Services. In this session we focused on careers with multilateral organizations, UN, WB, and other development banks which offer numerous opportunities for students interested in development assistance programs and projeccts. 



How to Successfully Manage Risks of Fraud and Corruption in International Development Work

When: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Where: Room 1501, SIPA

International development assistance has a lot of inherent risks, and one of the most significant is the risk of fraud and corruption. Helge Osttveitten, Director General at the Office of the Auditor General of Norway, addressed the pitfalls and strategies to help manage and mitigate the risk of fraud and corruption in development aid, specifically in the health sector. 



Career Club: Microfinance and Gender

When: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 1302, SIPA

EPD's Career Club is a professional development series that introduces students to various career trajectories within the development space and guides students on how to best use their time and resources at SIPA to pursue their career goals. The discussion includes experienced second years, professors, topical student groups, and the Office of Career Services. We dedicated this session to opportunities in microfinance and gender. 



Why Gender Matters: A View from the World Bank

When: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 1027, SIPA

Jeni Klugman, Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank, spoke about the importance of gender to government and private companies.



EPD Welcome Back Reception

When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: 15th floor, SIPA

Students mingled and shared stories from their winter break and workshop travels. 



Establishing Effective Labor Oversight in Honduras

When: Monday, January 27, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 802, SIPA

Holly Hammonds, Co-Founder of GlobalWorks Foundation and Jeff Hermanson, Director of Global Strategies, Workers United, spoke about the Honduras Labor Framework, program established to protect and improve labor rights and labor-management relations in Honduran apparel sector. 



Fall 2013

Career Club: Health and Education

When: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 1302, SIPA

EPD's Career Club is a professional development series that introduces students to various career trajectories within the development space and guides students on how to best use their time and resources at SIPA to pursue their career goals. The discussion includes experienced second years, professors, topical student groups, and the Office of Career Services. We ended the fall semester with a session on career opportunities in two important sectors: health and education. 



EPD Internship Panel

When: Monday, November 25, 2013
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Room 1512, SIPA

First-year students had an opportunity to gain insight into their fellow second-year students' summer internship experiences and recieve guidance on their internship searches.   



The Savings Group Revolution: How It Works and Does it Make a Difference: Randomized Trial Evidence from Mali

When: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 407, SIPA

SIPA's Adjunct Associate Professor Jeffrey Ashe and NYU's Professor of Public Policy and Economics Jonathan Morduch discussed the Saving for Change program designed and led by Prof. Ashe at Oxfam America. In their talk, they reviewed a case study from Mali, highlighting the benefits and impact of the program in Mali's rural communities. 



Career Club: Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing

When: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 1302, SIPA

EPD's Career Club is a professional development series that introduces students to various career trajectories within the development space and guides students on how to best use their time and resources at SIPA to pursue their career goals. The discussion includes experienced second years, professors, topical student groups, and the Office of Career Services. In this session, we covered two major career topics: social entrepreneurship and impact investing. 



EPD Alumni Panel 

When: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Room 1501, SIPA

Eight EPD alumni with eight different professional backgrounds and careers joined our panel to share their success stories with our students. 



Career Club: Economic Development

When: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 1302, SIPA

EPD's Career Club is a professional development series that introduces students to various career trajectories within the development space and guides students on how to best use their time and resources at SIPA to pursue their career goals. The discussion includes experienced second years, professors, topical student groups, and the Office of Career Services. The second session of the fall semester focused on opportunities for students interested in exploring options within the economic development track. 



EPD Student and Faculty Happy Hour

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Where: 15th floor looby, SIPA

We held our annual happy hour for students and faculty to celebrate the mid point of the fall semester. 



Career Club: Political Development

When: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 1302, SIPA

EPD's Career Club is a professional development series that introduces students to various career trajectories within the development space and guides students on how to best use their time and resources at SIPA to pursue their career goals. The discussion includes experienced second years, professors, topical student groups, and the Office of Career Services. We dedicated the first session of the fall semester to students pursuing political development track. 



New Avenues for Global Illicit Drug Policies

When: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Room 1501, SIPA

We had the privilige to host H.E. Mr. Otto Fernando Perez Molina, President of the Republic of Guatemala, Luis Fernando Carrera Castro, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, and Professor José Moya, Director of ILAS, for a presentation and discussion on Guatemalan drug trade and the urgent need to find solutions to this issue.   



Effective Policies in Poverty Reduction Beyond the Millennium Development Goals

When: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Time: 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Room 1501, SIPA

José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice and EPD Concentration Director at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and Esther Duflo, Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discussed post 2015 development agenda and effective anti-poverty strategies. This event was part of the Kapuscinski Development Lecture series and a joint initiative of the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and SIPA. Additional details and video from this lecture can be found here.   



Threats to the Argentinean Debt Restructuring Processes

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time: 12:45 - 2:00 pm
Where: Room 1512, SIPA 

Sergio Chodos, Argentinean Representative to the International Monetary Fund Board, former member of the Board of the Central Bank of Argentina, and former Secretary of Finance in the Ministry of Finance and Production of Argentina, discussed the challenges in the recent debt restructuring negotiations between Argentina and its creditors. 



EPD Retreat

When: Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, 2013
Where: Camp Kinder Ring, Hopewell Junction NY

Students joined our annual retreat and spent a weekend by a lake upstate New York with their fellow EPD students and faculty. 



EPD Concentration Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Havana Central

We welcomed our incoming class of 2015!