Secretariat of the consortium of Master’s in Development Practice Programs
(MDP) at the Earth Institute's Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, NYC, invites
abstracts exploring challenges in development education and practice. Abstracts
should illuminate a specific issue (and may propose a solution) related to one
of the following general themes:
- What content knowledge
are in greatest demand by employers in the development field today? Is demand
What skills are in
greatest demand by employers in the development field today? Is demand being
Are graduates of sustainable development programs (or MDP
programs) prepared for today’s workforce?
Could other programs and degrees (e.g., specializations at the
undergraduate and secondary school-level, or joint-degrees at the Master’s
level) help meet demand? If so, how?
How can access to high quality sustainable development training
be improved in the world’s developing and/or developed countries?
How can continued professional development be promoted across
What should be the role of online education in development
How should the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development
Goals be incorporated into curricula?
How are partnerships (particularly in the
private sector) helping to move forward the implementation of SDGs and, by
association, sustainable development in general?
How can sustainable development education be
Contributors may include anyone in the development space:
students, alumni and faculty of sustainable development programs; development professionals
in private industry or non-profits; government leaders and independent experts.
(Please note: student submitters must have
a faculty co-author.)
be 300-500 words in English and be submitted online by March
15th. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one theme. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or the submission of the same abstract under multiple themes is likely to result in the abstract being declined. The Secretariat will notify contributors by April 1st
whether their abstracts have been selected or not.
contributors will be given three months to develop a full paper, according to
editorial guidelines that will be provided. Finished papers must be 4,000-6,000
words in length (excluding citations) and be submitted online by July 2nd,
2018. Contributors of papers that are submitted on time and according to
editorial guidelines will receive a total of US$2,000 per paper, not individually.
papers will help inform the Education
for Sustainable Development Report, which will
define priorities in sustainable development education for the coming decade. The
Secretariat may excerpt or quote papers in the Report (with due reference to authors), or use papers
indirectly in shaping the content of the report. All finished papers will be
made freely available on the www.globalmdp.org website that will
promote and disseminate the Report.
Report, released in October 2008,
emphasized the need for a new type of “generalist practitioner” with
cross-disciplinary skills in health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences
and management. Based on this report, Columbia University led a consortium
of institutions around the world in launching a new degree: Master’s in
Development Practice (MDP). The global consortium now consists of 34 MDP
programs in 23 countries, and continues to expand. Over 3,500 students have
graduated with an MDP degree.
As the 10th anniversary of that landmark Commission Report nears,
it’s time to take stock of the state of development education once again. The
Secretariat, with guidance from a number of influential thought leaders led
by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, will produce a report, to be released in
January 2019. The new report will consist of high-level recommendations, and will be
useful for a broad audience, including MDP institutions that want to review and
update their programs; institutions that are considering adding a program in
sustainable development; prospective students who want to understand the
direction of development education; and employers across the field that want to
hire and re-train staff to meet development goals of the future.
Timeline for submissions
15 January 2018 Call
for Abstracts open
15 March 2018 Deadline
for submitting abstracts online
1 April 2018 Abstract
decision letter sent by email
2 July 2018 Deadline
for full papers (for selected abstracts only)