Formerly known as the International Development and Regional Planning (IDRP) group, the International Development Group (IDG) in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning conducts research and assists in the planning practice in countries around the world striving for social, political, and economic development. IDG faculty examines the urban, regional, and national socioeconomic impacts of major public and/or private investments, and address problems of squatter housing, municipal finance, metropolitan sprawl, and social disparities at a variety of scales. IDG faculty and students believe that effective planners operating in today's world must acquire an integrated institutional and historical view of economic, physical, political, and social factors.
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"9TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FAIR" FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010, 1:00 PM, STATA "STREET"The MIT International Development Network (IDN) will host the 9th Annual ID Fair. Students are invited to come out to learn more about the development projects and MIT and opportunities available for them to participate. Click here to learn more about it.
Keren Charles, MCP'12 IDG, will represent the IDG at the ID Fair.
PROFESSOR KIM'S EXHIBITION IN ROTCH LIBRARY CLOSES SOON
IDG associate professor Annette M. Kim's exhibition "SLAB: Sidewalk Laboratory" will be on display in Rotch Library until September 10th. "The exhibit includes an installation of the symbolic vocabulary practiced on Ho Chi Minh City’s sidewalks" and photographs taken by professor Kim, Holly Bellocchio Durso, Tiffany Chu, Minh Huynh-Le and Courtney Sung.
DUSP/IDG ALUM ELISABETH STOCK'S NGO AWARDED $23 MILLION
Computers for Youth (CFY), which Stock founded and heads, was awarded $23 Million to improve the home learning environment of families in New York City and Los Angels. Press release here.
IDG STUDENT MELISSA HAEFFNER EXHIBIT IN ROTCH LIBRARY
Melissa Haeffner has an exhibit about the water vendors of Ghana in the Rotch Gallery through April 30th. Link
IDG STUDENTS PUBLISHED IN EL UNIVERSAL
Onesimo Flores and Jose Antonio Correa had an op ed article published in Mexico City's El Universal newspaper.Link
IDG STUDENT KARIN BRANDT IN PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY
Karin Brandt was quoted in the cover story "Refugees settling in Philadelphia: Refugees seek new beginnings in the City of Brotherly Love" from the March 2nd philadelphia weekly. The article can be found here.
IDG PROFESSOR DIANE DAVIS TO INTRODUCE AUTHOR AT HARVARD BOOK STORE
IDG professor Diane Davis is slated to introduce Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nicholas Kristof to discuss the book he co-authored with Sheryl WuDunn entitled, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide". The event will take place on October 5th at 6:00 PM.
From the Harvard Bookstore website: "One of the most troubling human rights issues of our time is the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. Kristof and WuDunn set out to expose the struggles of women across Asia and Africa, to tell their human stories, and to follow the progress of women who are ultimately given the opportunity to seize control of their own lives. Written with the benefit of their many years of combined reporting experience, Half of the Sky is deeply felt, pragmatic,and inspirational, and is essential reading for every global citizen."
IDG PROFESSOR TO JURY LEGATUM CENTER PHOTO CONTEST
IDG professor Diane Davis will serve on the jury of an annual photo contest sponsored by MIT's Legatum Center. The theme of this year's contest is Women Entrepreneurs with Technology in Developing Countries.
The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT invites amateur and professional photographers from around the world to enter its 2nd Annual Photo Contest. The Legatum Center was founded on the belief that economic progress and good governance in low-income countries emerge from entrepreneurship and innovations that empower ordinary citizens. Click here for more information.
GLOBAL CHANGE, PEACE AND SECURITY ANNOUNCES TWO CALLS FOR PAPERS
Global Change, Peace & Security is a leading peer reviewed journal published by Routledge (UK) and based at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.
GCP&S invites entries for the annual Routledge–GCP&S Essay Prize competition. This competition is designed to encourage outstanding new contributions to research on practical and theoretical questions posed by a rapidly globalising world.
The other paper invitation is for analysing the nature, implications, and
consequences of the Global Financial Crisis; a crisis which has sparked the most widespread and severe global recession since the 1930s.
Deadlines:Both papers have a submission deadline in November. See http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/gcps for more information.
LEGATUM CENTER ANNOUNCES SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
The Legatum Center is pleased to announce two summer opportunities for MIT students:
The Legatum Summer Seed Grants program provides funding for MIT undergraduate and graduate students for work on innovative, sustainable projects in developing countries. To learn more and to apply for a summer grant, visit http://legatum.mit.edu/grant
The Legatum Center has posted independent internship opportunities with entrepreneurs in Africa. MIT undergraduate and graduate students are invited to contact these entrepreneurs directly for more information and for details about the application process. To learn more, please visit http://legatum.mit.edu/internships.
IDG WINS ALUMNI CLASS FUNDS AWARD FOR NEW UNDERGRADUATE CLASS ON TRANSNATIONALITY
A proposal by Prof. Diane Davis, undergraduate Diana Jue and PhD candidate Graham Denyer Willis for a new course that will study a problem linked to transnationality in the West African archipelago of Cape Verde and in the Boston area Cape Verdean community has been awarded an MIT Alumni Class Funds grant. The course will be offered in the fall of 2010 for 6-8 undergrads who will participate in selecting a problem, elaborating a research plan and undertaking research both locally and internationally. IDG hopes to offer the course annually.