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Master's in Development Practice TCD & UCD, Dublin Students Working on Solutions to the Challenges of Sustainable Development

Dublin MDP students had the unique opportunity to volunteer with the Mary
Robinson Climate Justice Foundation, in conjunction with the Irish government and
many UN and NGO partners, in a conference entitled Hunger-Nutrition- Climate
Justice: A New Dialogue putting people at the Heart of Global Development. The

Working in the Shadows: What Have We Learned About Informality?

In the average developing country, most people work outside the law -- they have no contract, are not registered, carry no license, pay no tax or make no pension contribution. They get no social benefits or labor protection either. They are "informal."

First Graduates from the TCD-UCD MDP Program!

First Graduates from the TCD-UCD MDP

On December 7th in the Exam Hall in Trinity College Dublin, twenty students from the Masters in Development Practice graduated with the first ever joint degree between University of Dublin, Trinity College and the National University of Ireland, University College Dublin. The chancellor of the University of Dublin, Dr. Mary Robinson, presented the parchment to the students. Dr.

Global classroom students of Al Farabi KazNU win award

At the III Almaty International Innovation Forum, the students of MDP/Global Classroom on sustainable development at Al Farabi KazNU won a 1,000,000 Tenge (Kazakh currency) Award.

‘Vision’ for development practice education

UC Berkeley

In 2009 UC Berkeley received a grant from the Macarthur Foundation to establish a professional Master degree in development practice ( and after overcoming all of the bureaucratic hurdles, the first cohort joined campus this fall.

On the Ground

A new program at Emory is training the next generation of development leaders to face our toughest global challenges, from gender inequality to climate change.


Universities leading the way on environmental issues: Rio+20


The conference is being hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20-22 June. This marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, also held in Rio, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.

MDP Summit 2012 - Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Fourth Annual Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) Summit took place from Sunday, February 5, through Friday, February 10, 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the support of BRAC Development Institute.  Representatives (vice chancellors, rectors, deans, directors, and others) from all 22 MDP programs and 5 universities that are interested in developing MDP programs—al-Farabi

University of Arizona, USA Joins the Global Network

University of Arizona is now accepting students for the term beginning this fall 2012. 

Emory MDP Student Wins CARE's Human Interest Story

CARE's Human Interest Story

Emory University MDP Student Jenna Blumenthal placed first in the "Emergency" track of the 2011 CARE Human Interest Story, Photo, Video and Social Media Contest, with an essay based on her MDP summer internship in Benin, West Africa.