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 160 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!
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.
Student Spotlight: Akshat Gautam
March 21, 2017 - A sophomore at UT, Akshat has been with IPD for the past three semesters. Akshat has dedicated much of his time pursuing professional skills through IPD and is interested in developmental economics. He is part of the Governance and Development team and the Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) team.
Learn more about Akshat from our interview with him on our blog.
Blog: Developing Security
February 27, 2017 - Research Affiliate Sebastian De Beurs writes on bridging the gap between development and security in U.S. foreign policy: "Since the causes of violent conflict are intricately linked to development, we can no longer separate our international security policies from our international development policies. This involves a deepening of cooperation between the Defense Department, State Department, and USAID in order to pursue what is called the “3D” strategy of diplomacy, defense, and development." Read more on our blog.
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2016 Annual Report
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