The International Development (IDEV) Program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of developing countries, with the aim of preparing students for careers in development. Students in the IDEV Program receive rigorous academic training that helps them better conceptualize the development process in its economic, political and social dimensions.
SAIS graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.
I am particularly interested in learning about the factors that drive economic growth and private sector development in emerging markets. The SAIS International Development Program is well tailored to this interest, providing an in-depth perspective on how economics and government policy impact private sector growth in developing countries.Daniel Anderson, M.A., International Development and M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (dual degree)
Private equity in emerging markets, focusing on Latin America and Africa
IDEV students for academic year 2012-13 will be able to take courses in three tracks: (1) Finance and Development, (2) Politics and Governance, and (3) Human Development.
IDEV students can opt for a specialization in Development Economics or International Finance, offered through the International Economics Program, or a specialization in Emerging Markets, administered through the IDEV Program. IDEV students are encouraged to combine functional approaches with SAIS's rich offerings in the development experience of specific regions such as Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Biweekly Development Roundtable
Coordinated and led by IDEV students, this events series provides speakers the opportunity to address the challenges of global development assistance and to suggest new initiatives that will improve the field.
Each of the three IDEV tracks conducts periodic tertulias for track members, in which students discuss key issues with development professionals in the area concerned – many of whom are IDEV alumni.
Internships are an integral part of the learning experience and an entrée to future employment. The IDEV Program encourages students to pursue internships and research opportunities in developing countries during the summer and in Washington, D.C., during the school year.
Perspectives: IDEV Student-Led Publication
Each spring IDEV publishes Perspectives, with articles on cutting-edge issues in development, many written by IDEV faculty, students and alumni. Each annual issue focuses on a specific theme of development.