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 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.