"What this program does is create a
little globe here."
Global Policy Development
Each year, at least two dozen development professionals from all over
the world study public policy at the Sanford Institute through the
Program in International Development Policy. PIDP Fellows are mid-career
development professionals from diverse geographic backgrounds.
looking for people with five to 10 years of work experience in
development- related fields, who want to learn analytical skills that
they can apply to a wide variety of problems when they return to their
countries," says Vijaya Ramachandran, Deputy Director of the Institute's
Center for International Development Research (CIDR).
program brings together economists, urban planners, environmental
activists, engineers, geographers, lawyers, legislators, and a host of
other professionals --this year from 17 countries on five continents. "In
both industrialized and developing countries, the resources and
environmental consequences of development are heavily influenced by
decisions made in public, private and international organizations,"
Ramachandran says. "Sound policy analysis is essential to balance the
economic, social, political and environmental interests and effects of
PIDP Fellows work with visiting professors as well as
CIDR's core faculty to understand the elements of sound policy and to
develop strategies they can apply to their individual situations. Also,
as part of the learning process, Fellows spend the summer in an
internship with a prominent development organization. "Last year we had
Fellows at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the
Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Harvard Institute for
International Development in Moscow as well as numerous others," says
Program Coordinator Jonathan Abels.
In addition to the internships, the
Fellows augment their off-campus experience with an annual trip to
Washington, D.C. to meet with key officials from government development
and aid agencies. Group meetings for this year's trip included
top-ranking staff from the U.S. Treasury, Oxfam, the U.S. Catholic
Conference, World Bank and the Overseas Development Council.
formation of this "little globe" each year translates into better
understanding and opportunity for the actual globe. As Fellow Igor Shpak
says of his time in the PIDP program: "I will tell old friends in
Ukraine about my new friends, because the most valuable assets of the
PIDP has been that it provided a multidimensional view of the world
shaped by each Fellow's character and experience."