Innovations for Peace and Development
Founded in January 2013, Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD) is a research program at The University of Texas at Austin with the mission to provide a space for interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on global conflict, foreign aid and poverty alleviation. At its core, IPD provides mentored research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. We are very proud that since our start over 300 students have been involved with IPD, as student researchers, summer interns, and graduate research fellows and assistants. Our students have gained invaluable professional and research skills and gone on to intern and work in the international arena. We welcome students across all disciplines and levels. Get involved today!
Student Spotlight: Jenny McGinty
June 1, 2017 - Jenny is an incoming senior student majoring in Plan II, International Relations & Global Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies with a focus in international security and minor in Arabic. Jenny has worked on the Conflict & Development team, particularly focusing on research regarding aid and NGO impact in conflict-stricken regions in the Middle East. Jenny is interested in the long term impact of NGO work in war-torn areas, long term humanitarian aid, and the question of what aid matters post-conflict. Learn more about Jenny's experience with IPD on our blog!
Land Grabbing and Agricultural Investment for the Rural Poor, by Tiffany Wang
May 11, 2017 - Research Affiliate Tiffany Wang uses regression models to explore the relative effects of public and private spending on agriculture on rural poverty. What she found appears to support the land grabbing theory as described in the literature on foreign direct investments (FDI). Read more on our blog to learn about her findings!
Women's Empowerment in Northern Uganda, by Laura Richards
April 26, 2017 - As our AidData fellows prepare to begin their internships this summer, let's reflect on the work of other IPD members who have completed AidData Fellowships. Last summer Laura Richards worked with women in Northern Uganda to monitor the delivery of government services in their districts. Laura has gone on to start her own non-governmental organization in Uganda. Read more about her experience last summer on our blog.
Meet our AidData Summer Fellows for 2017
March 31, 2017 — IPD is pleased to announce our 2017 AidData Summer Fellows! AidData and IPD have worked closely over the past few years to send graduate and undergraduates all over the world to work with partner organizations on all things data. AidData Summer Fellows improve the capacity of civil society in developing countries to use geocoded data, which localizes development funding and activities down to the district, town or street corner level. Funded by USAID, summer fellows embed with local universities, think tanks and civil society groups for two to three months, equipping local organizations with the skills to use this data in program planning, advocacy and research.
Congratulations, Hina Archarya, Kevin Strybos, Paul Kuhne, and Katherine Whitton! Read more on our blog.
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Fall 2017 Involvement with IPD
IPD is always looking for student research affiliates! We're on summer break, but will start up again this coming fall semester.
If you're looking to get involved with research with international development programs, data management on poverty or conflict, or even writing reports and blogs, you can fill out this form here.
2017 Annual Report
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