International Development Studies M.A. Program

Christina Fink, IDS Program Director
Christina Fink, Program Director

Steps from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the Elliott School engages the Washington and global policy communities in meaningful discussions of development policy. The International Development Studies (IDS) graduate program is the fastest-growing program in the Elliott School of International Affairs. Under the leadership of former U.S. Agency for International Development official Professor Sean Roberts, this program trains the next generation of development practitioners, exposing them to the latest research, best practices from the field, and experiential learning opportunities.

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In the News

Max Obuz, a senior in Columbian College, and Evan Young, B.A. '15, a graduate from the Elliott School

Students' Business Plan Aims to Change Lives in India

January 11, 2016

Elliott School graduate Evan Young (B.A. '15) is working with Columbian College senior Max Obuz to turn a business plan into a nonprofit aimed at solving sanitation problems in developing countries.


November 03, 2015

IDS Director Sean R. Roberts co-authored a report for USAID/Ukraine on combating everyday corruption through behavior change with Elliott School Research Professor Robert Orttung.

Ending Extreme Poverty and Sharing Prosperity: Progress and Policies

October 15, 2015

James Foster co-authors a World Bank research report assessing progress made towards ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.