Skip navigation

International Development

Contact Us

International Development
Ada Ho, Academic Program Coordinator
1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Suite 728
Washington, DC 20036
+1 (202) 663-5943

Overview

Join the next generation of global leaders addressing urgent needs in health, agricultural, economic, and human development. Learn more about how governments, donors, the private sector, and civil society are changing the developing world, and sharpen the tools you plan to use to help make the world a better place.

Become an Expert

Take your learning outside the classroom by conducting field work and research around the world. Study with professors renowned for their scholarship in development theory and policy and program evaluation, as well as faculty who have designed and managed development assistance programs.

Gain real-world experience working with a non-government organization, private company, international agency, or local government through a hands-on practicum project in the form of a publishable report, policy, or program. Create valuable contacts with potential employers and translate your knowledge into practice.

 

Featured Courses

Develop the expertise to critically analyze international political, economic, and social questions from a variety of perspectives.

SA.400.745

Global Health Policy

The field of global health has been radically transformed over the last several decades through increasing international aid for health programs, a diversification of actors, and a general rise in interest about global health issues.

The changes have had tremendous impact on wellbeing, brought new visibility and new legitimacy to the study and practice of global health, but have also highlighted and sometimes exacerbated issues of policy and practice. Through lectures, readings and class discussion students will be exposed to the history, theory and practice of global health policy (GHP) from the perspectives of public health, economics, and international relations. Students will deepen their understanding through case studies and engaging in debates on present-day topics and controversies in GHP. Topics covered in the class include: the governance of global health through national, multilateral and private institutions, legal, and operational frameworks for prevention and control of global health crises such as pandemics or bioterrorism, the international response to HIV/AIDS, the history and practice of global health diplomacy, the politics of reproductive health, trade agreements and health, intellectual property and access to medicines, and eradicating polio and other infectious diseases. Students will hear from expert guest discussants with practical experience in these areas.

SA.400.749

Improving Service Delivery in Developing Countries

Basic services such as drinking water, sanitation, solid waste management, and public transport are essential to development, yet in many countries their provision remains extremely problematic.

In this course, we review the main challenges to effective and reliable service delivery, roles of key players, and how these roles have been changing over time. We begin by discussing the role of the state in service provision, why some services are harder to provide, or some populations more difficult to serve. Next, we focus on four sectors: drinking water, sanitation, solid waste, and public transport. We will discuss problems specific to each sector, policies and programs used to address these challenges, to what extent they have been successful and why, and what approaches may work in the future. We will highlight innovations in service delivery: clearer incentives for regular service provision, strengthening municipal financing, and integrating the private sector and communities into service provision. Students will study the costs associated with service delivery; service delivery planning; tools used for benchmarking utilities; and innovations in financing services.

SA.400.750

Social Entrepreneurship: Driving Innovation in Development

Social Entrepreneurship: Driving Innovation in Development is focused on understanding social entrepreneurship and the challenges of building sustainable, impactful businesses that address critical underserved needs in emerging global marketplaces.

The course aims to create in each student an appreciation of the qualities, values, and skills of social entrepreneurs and also entrepreneurial opportunities in critical sectors of human need in complex, resource-constrained markets that are plagued by fragmented infrastructure, inadequate institutions, and other governance challenges. Students will learn first-hand how businesses serving the needs of the poor contribute to community development and “do well by doing good.” The capstone project in the course is a group presentation based on a partnership with an existing social enterprise, or a newly conceptualized social enterprise based on student ideas.

SA.400.901

International Development Practicum

Gain the tools and opportunity to work closely with an external client on a development problem.

The practicum will provide you with the tools and opportunity to work with an external client on a development problem or opportunity. You will join a team of students to work closely with the client to produce a high quality output in the form of a publishable report, policy, or program that may be implemented by the client. In addition to allowing you to translate your knowledge into practice, the practicum experience also allows you to make valuable contacts with potential employers.

Learn From the Best

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Tanvi Nagpal

Associate Practitioner in Residence, Director of the International Development Program

Daniel Honig

Assistant Professor of International Development

Deborah Bräutigam

Bernard L. Schwartz Professor in International Political Economy, Director of China-Africa Research Initiative

Jeremy Shiffman

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Health Policy


In the News

Seeking a new approach to Gulf security.

Sanam Vakil quoted in Middle East Online, 11/17

Stuck in the logic of Oslo: Europe and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto wrote in Middle East Journal, 11/11

U.S.-China trade war.

Michael G. Plummer interviewed on TRT World Now, 11/5


Advance Your Career

Gain the intellectual framework and analytic skills necessary to enter a variety of roles across the public, private, multilateral, and nonprofit sectors.

Advance Your Career

Recent Internships

  • Athena Infonomics
  • The Asia Foundation
  • Chemonics
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Mann Deshi Foundation
  • Save the Children
  • UN Women

Recent Employers

  • Castalia 
  • DAI 
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency 
  • McKinsey & Company 
  • Mercy Corps 
  • USAID 
  • World Bank Group 
  • World Resources Institute

Build Your Network

Join a diverse, accomplished, influential community of scholars, practitioners, alumni, and students working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

IDEV students experience hands-on learning through study trips where they gain the expertise on how to solve real-world problems.

An IDEV student practicum team in Taiwan works with their client, New Balance.

Acquiring the Knowledge to Build a Peaceful and Sustainable Future in the Heart of Washington, DC

"The opportunity to study alongside leading practitioners in the heart of international affairs in Washington, DC, has exceeded my expectations of what I would gain from a master’s degree."

View Story

Gaining a Competitive Edge in International Economics and Development

"At Johns Hopkins SAIS, I have met a great deal of people who have contributed to my knowledge and influenced my view of current issues."

View Story

Events

Check back soon for upcoming events.

Beyond the Classroom

Find sustainable solutions to ending poverty, disease, and exclusion.

SAIS Perspectives

SAIS Perspectives is the flagship publication of the International Development program at Johns Hopkins SAIS. The publication provides a forum for the discussion of critical, cutting-edge topics, proposing innovative ways of thinking about the practice and policy of international development. Students in particular are encouraged to utilize the platform for constructive debate, nuanced thinking and creative proposals.

Website

Development Roundtable

This student-led speaker series is a forum advancing discussion of current issues in the field and ideas for improving outcomes. The series hosts influential speakers from the academic, policy, and government sectors.

Contact Us

China-Africa Research Institute (CARI)

CARI was set up to promote research, conduct evidence-based analysis, foster collaboration, and train future leaders to better understand the economic and political dimensions of China-Africa relations and their implications for human security and global development. Students become involved with CARI as research assistants and attending their annual conference.

Website

Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund (SAF)

A joint cooperation with JHU's Social Innovation Lab (SIL), the SAF is an experiential learning opportunity open to all JHU full-time students. Its purpose is to supports JHU-connected early-stage social enterprises that operate globally, possess strong business fundamentals and are poised for significant growth. Through SAF, students will leverage their talent to improve the livelihoods of poor communities worldwide by accelerating the impact of proven social ventures at scale.

Contact Us

Development Society

This extracurricular club offers networking opportunities with alumni and professionals active in the international development field. The club shares tips for job seeking, interviewing, and navigating the development community on and around campus.

Contact Us

Networking Events

Network with alumni and professionals and organize student-led events exploring your area of interest's challenges and opportunities outside the classroom.

Program Updates

Bologna Students Visit IFAD in Rome

As a part of Professor Arntraud Hartmann's Rural Development, Gender and Social Inclusion class, a group of Bologna IDEV students attended a seminar on the Annual Report of Results and Impacts at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome and had a lunch with Martina Improta, a SAIS alumna.

IDEV Student, Minaj Singh, at her summer internship in The Gambia

Young girls of St. Augustine Upper Basic School in Banjul, The Gambia being sensitized about menstrual hygiene. Prospect for Girls (a Gambian NGO) educated 1000 girls through the project, 'My Period, My Pride'.

Development Roundtable: Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO of USIP

The Development Roundtable hosted Nancy Lindborg, President & CEO of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Professor Paul Miller to discuss preventing root causes of extremism. They discussed breaking down disciplinary silos and adopting systems thinking in responding to fragile contexts.

Alumni Newsletter Fall 2019

IDEV’18 Kiyotsugu Manabe, Alice Schaus and Yoori Kim (and Kiyo’s friend Satoshi, on the right) say hi from Kigali, Rwanda. Yoori and Alice currently live and work in Kigali. Kiyo visited Kigali for a few days as he has long been interested in its fast growth into a regional hub for ICT. Click the link above to read more alumni updates in our fall newsletter.

Good Dog Farm

IDEV and ERE students from Professor Jessica Fanzo's Food Policy class went on a Saturday field trip to learn about sustainable agriculture.

SAIS Perspectives Photo Contest Winner

Pedestrians make their way across the U Bein Bridge near Amarapura, Myanmar. Constructed in 1851 from the teak columns of an abandoned royal palace, the bridge is both the oldest and one of the longest teak bridges in the world. During the summer rainy season, rising water levels typically submerge the bridge. In recent years, however, climate change has contributed to reduced and irregular rainfall, threatening the surrounding region with drought.