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.

IEDP Country Selection

NoteThe country of study for Winter 2011 will be Grenada. Country selection for the 2012 IEDP will take place in late October 2010.

Criteria for Country of Study
•  Developing Country
•  Educational value for participants
•  Not a country we have been to in the past (those are, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Venezuela, Morocco, Cuba, Ethiopia, China, Peru, Jordan, Senegal, Philippines)
•  Affordability of trip (airfare, in country expenses, visas)
•  Ease of travel within country
•  Ford School Professor willing to go to the country
•  Safety

Country Selection Process

Nominations Nominations must be submitted to ipsaboard@umich.edu by the specified deadline. Each country must obtain a Ford School professor's sponsorship to qualify for the nomination that the professor would be willing and able not only to go to the country, but to teach the course. The students who nominate the country needs to provide the basic information about the country as well as the reasons why this country is a good choice for IEDP study.

Country Nomination Survey An online survey and voting will be set up. The point of the survey is to narrow down the list of countries that are nominated to the top three for the final country selection. People who are representing the top three countries will be given a maximum of 10 minutes to present and answer questions about the country at the final selection meeting.

Final Selection Meeting At this meeting final country selection will be made. Every country that has made it to this round will have a person or group of people present on the country and answer questions (ten minutes maximum). The presenters should discuss how this country fits the criteria listed above and what makes it an interesting country for students to learn about and travel to. Then we will have a general discussion about the countries. At the end of this meeting, we will have a final vote on the country for the next IEDP.

If you are unable to make it to either of the meetings because of other commitments, you can e-mail your vote to ipsaboard@umich.edu before the meeting. Please, only use this option if you absolutely cannot come to the meeting.