The IEDP was established in 1999 by the IPSA at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. It is a student initiated, three-credit program that serves as a forum for students to discuss the challenges faced by developing economies. IEDP participants engage in a seven-week course in the winter semester, extensively studying the country of choice, and then take a one-week trip to the country over Spring Break. During the trip, IEDP students conduct extensive interviews and discussions with policymakers, members of civil society, foreign development agencies and university students. So far the IEDP has visited 11 countries, including Ethiopia, Cuba, Morocco, China, Costa Rica, Peru, Jordan, Senegal and the Philippines. The country of study for 2011 is Grenada, the first country from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the IEDP's history.?xml:namespace>
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Fund Raising Committee:
- Assist with grant writing
- Help establish contacts across campus in an effort to best utilize financial opportunities/resources (quality over quantity…important to research and know potential donors!)
- Frequently update a shared spreadsheet, allowing the rest of the group to know how your grant work is coming along
- Write ‘thank you’ follow-ups once grant money is received
- Help maintain organized records of fundraising efforts
- Other fund raising related work
- Arranging air travel to Grenada and lodging
- Arranging travel within Grenada, including daily travel to meeting locations
- Knowing and working with any security issues that may come up during the trip
- Acquiring cell phones for use within Grenada
- Locating and hiring any needed tour guides
- Writing and organizing a “booklet” for each member of the course to review before the trip, detailing important customs, advisories, and basic touristy information.
- Keeping the rest of the class on track for acquiring passports and visas and necessary vaccinations. (depend on nationality)
- Aggregate contact list from across topics; narrow contact list based on availability, time constraints and equitable distribution
- Contact all parties via email and telephone
- Assemble agenda on c-tools calendar and coordinate with the logistics committee
- Identify which meetings will require translation and work with logistics committee to arrange translator.
- Develop plan for documentation of the trip to Grenada and meetings with stakeholders
- Ensuring that policy reports are shared with all partners, funders and in-country stakeholders
- Prepare for the final presentation
- Other outreach communication tasks
- Support faculty in class
Friday, September 24, 2010
A. No. IEDP currently opens to only graduate students at the University of Michigan.
Q. What is the class schedule for IEDP 2011?
A. At this moment, the schedule is not final set yet. However, in the past, IEDP always made great effort to accommodate each participant's schedule.
Q. When will this course be offered?
A. The course will be offered in 2011 winter semester in two parts. The first part is the 7-week course study in traditional class format.The second part is the 1-week field trip to Grenada during spring break. Each part has 1.5 credits.
Q. How many hours per week shall we expect this course to take?
A. The class typically meets total 3 hours a week. However, since this is a student-initiated program, participants are also expected to commit extra time to do the necessary preparation work.
Q. What kind of experience will IEDP offer?
A. Besides the exciting opportunities of studying Grenada's policy issues and meeting with the stakeholders in the country, the IEDP also offers students the great opportunity to participate the preparation of this program. Each participant is expected to work for one of the four preparation committees: fund raising committee, meeting/contact committee, logistic committee, and documentation committee, and gain highly marketable experience in these fields.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Life and Debt is a feature-length documentary which addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and current globalization policies on a developing country such as Jamaica.