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.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ready to go...

There comes the bus that would bring us to the airport.  I am so sad to leave Grenada.  

I finished my packing and paid my laundry service (I assumed that there were a kind of a laundry center or washer machines...).   It's a bit emotional moment to seat alone and wait others come.  Unfortunately, there is no early bird service. 

It still feels strange to write about the departure without writing anything substantial about our trip.  We would like to update episodes during our trip after arriving Ann Arbor.

Our experience should be evaluated based on our final outcome.  After back to A2, we will work hard on incorporating what we see and find into our preliminary analyses.  Please allow us to emphasize that it was an awesome experience.

We would like to express our appreciation to genuine support from funders and supporters of the IEDP.  And, this time, we would like to appraise the efforts made by the Fund Raising Committee.