Developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America have become a major engine of growth in the global economy and a significant political power in international institutions. Fruitful long-term engagement with developing countries and their emerging markets is thus of outmost importance in today’s world. Israeli-born technologies and innovations open significant opportunities for new forms of dialogue and collaboration between Israel and the developing world.
The new Global Impact Studies program at the IDC is a first of its kind interdisciplinary program that seeks to bridge between Israeli innovations and the needs of developing countries. The program focuses on major global challenges (e.g., clean water, food security, renewable energy, cyber-security, etc.) that face the developing world, and servees as an incubator for global leaders and social innovators, who will learn how to employ Israeli innovations to address these challenges.
The program is launched by the Lauder School of Government in collaboration with the Israeli Society for International Development (SID)—an umbrella organization of 100 organizations and firms that are engaged in the field. It is taught in English by leading international and Israeli lecturers, and key figures in the Israeli government agencies, major NGOs, industry firms, and research institutions.
The program combines an interdisciplinary academic curriculum with practical hands-on learning.
The academic curriculum covers topics such as Sustainable International Development; Disaster Relief and Humanitirian Assistance; Project Management and Value Creation in Emerging Markets; Financial Governance of Socio-Environmental Risks; and more.
Students will also participate in a unique workshop, as part of which they will meet with key representatives of Israeli governmnet agencies, firms, start-ups, civil society organizations, and research institutions that work with emerging markets. They will participate in several study tours and field visits, and will also take part in “cultural literacy” workshops, where they will be exposed to the day to day of working in a developing country.
Students can enroll in the program through two tracks:
- As a concentration as part of the Lauder School of Government’s MA Program in Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution: Current students in all MA programs at the IDC may select the program’s courses and workshop as a “concentration” as part of their regular MA studies, and obtain upon its successful completion a Certificate in Global Impact Studies from both the IDC and SID.
- Summer Certificate Program: External candidates with a BA degree may apply to the program and complete it one summer semester (10 academic credits) without undertaking the full MA program. Upon the successful completion of the program, they will obtain a Certificate in International Development from both the IDC and SID.
Program Duration and Schedule
The 6-week program will be offered at the IDC Herzliya between July 22, 2018 and August 31, 2018, on the following days:
Wednesdays from 9:45 to 20:45.
Thursdays from 9:45 to 17:15.