‘Vision’ for development practice education
In 2009 UC Berkeley received a grant from the Macarthur Foundation to establish a professional Master degree in development practice (mdp.berkeley.edu) and after overcoming all of the bureaucratic hurdles, the first cohort joined campus this fall.
The MDP is, in essence, an MBA in sustainable development. It includes classes in development and resource economics, project management, impact assessment, basics in natural and social economics, public health, community development and leadership, political economy and climate change. It also requires a ten week internship in the field in a developing country, working with practitioners on the ground in various area such as agriculture, public health, education, infrastructure among others. The first cohort includes 15 students, 8 international 7 domestic, including two MasterCard scholars from Kenya and Ghana.