About IEDP

About IEDP

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.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rough Outlines of Committee Duties

This is just a rough outline of each committee's duties. They may change and evolve along the course of this program.

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
Logistic Committee:
  • 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)
Meeting/Contact Committee:
  • 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.
Documentation Committee:
  • 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

2011 IEDP Application Q & A

Q. I am an undergraduate student, can I apply for IEDP?
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.

2011 IEDP Application

The 2011 IEDP application is open. The deadline will be Oct.1, Friday. Graduate students from Ford School of Public Policy and other graduate/professional schools/programs at the University of Michigan are eligible to apply.

Welcome our new committee members: Sara Blumenthal and Jennifer Hong!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

IPSA/IEDP Information and Election Night - Sept 21 at 6PM in 1230

Are you an (aspiring) international policy wonk?
Do you want to learn more about and engage with int'l issues?
Do you like to plan/coordinate and find yourself naturally organizing events?
Are you excited for this year's IEDP country of focus, Grenada?
If any or all these are YES (or even MAYBE), have we got opportunities for you...

IPSA/IEDP Information and Election Night - Tuesday, September 21 at 6:00PM in 1230 Weill

There are 5 positions that will be filled in this election and will complement the positions already held by returning Ford School students, which include 2nd Year IEDP Co-Chair and IPSA/IEDP Treasurer.  Here are the details about the positions that are open this fall...

IPSA Co-Chair (1st Year)
The 1st Year Co-Chair oversees IPSA activities and events.  This Co-Chair also coordinates and facilitates IPSA meetings and works with the other IPSA officers and members to develop and hold activities within the Ford School and on campus. This officer acts as the primary liaison with Student Activities Committee and the Ford School on behalf of IPSA.  She/he is not automatically admitted into IEDP.

Secretary (1st Year)
The Secretary will be in charge of updating the IPSA Web site, managing the IPSA membership lists, and sending out minutes from IPSA meetings, as well as helping the Events Coordinator plan IPSA activities in Ann Arbor, with the help of the Social Committee and other IPSA members. She/he is not automatically admitted into IEDP.

Social Coordinator
The events coordinator oversees the necessary tasks to coordinate educational and social events for IPSA membership in Ann Arbor. She/he oversees the Social Committee. She/he is not automatically admitted into IEDP.

The two IEDP committee members will work with the IEDP Co-Chair and Treasurer to organize the class and trip to Grenada. Duties may include but are not limited to: leading logistical groups to reserve hotels, plane tickets, etc.; planning in-country meetings and other activities; assisting fundraising activities; and assembling course materials/readings. Committee members should have not only demonstrated experience with such logistical activities but an enthusiasm for Grenada and/or international development. These positions are open to all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year Ford School students and would automatically be admitted into IEDP.

Election Procedures
In order to run for these positions you must submit a written platform of no more than 250 words describing why you would fulfill the expectations of the position. Please complete this platform and send them to ipsaboard@umich.edu by Monday, September 20 at 9:00am.  The platforms will be sent to the Ford School Community by 12:00pm the same day for voting consideration.  At the meeting on the 21st, each candidate will have a few moments to speak at the meeting and answer a few questions.  In order to vote, you must be present at the meeting.

You may run for more than one position if you submit a platform for each of the positions for which you wish to run. Voting will take place one position at a time and we will announce who has been elected immediately to allow others to run for a second position (but ONLY if they have already submitted a platform for each position of interest).  Here is the order the positions will be elected at the meeting: IEDP Committee Members (2), IPSA Co-Chair, IPSA Secretary and IPSA Social Coordinator.

For those who would like to know more about IPSA and/or IEDP, there will be an informal Q & A session held in the Grad Student Lounge on Monday September 20 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Life and debt - trailer

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. 

Learn more about this film, go to http://www.lifeanddebt.org/

Have watched this film? Share your thought and opinion with us!

The 2009 International Economic Development Program: Senegal

IPSA/IPC Panel Rediscovering the Caribbean: An overview of economic, environmental and public health policy in the region

Rediscovering the Caribbean: An overview of economic, environmental and public health policy in the region

September 14, 2010. 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Annenberg Auditorium. 1120 Weill Hall

Susan M. Collins, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy
Alan Deardorff, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Economics
Mark B. Padilla, School of Public Health
Susan Waltz, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

IPSA/IPC panel on “Rediscovering the Caribbean: An overview of economic, environmental, and public health policy in the region” will provide an overview of various policy issues in the Caribbean, helping us better understand this important neighboring region. The panelists will discuss the political features of the policy making environment, macroeconomic performance and policy in the Caribbean region, international trade policy and trade agreements, and ecological association between HIV risk and tourism.