The Masters of Development Practice (MDP): Reflections on an Adaptive and C...

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Join us with authors from Developing Change Agents for a practical conversation on advancing integrative leaders in sustainable development. All participants will receive a copy of the chapter to read before the meeting. We encourage you to come with questions!

David Wilsey, Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) Director, University of Minnesota

In the fall of 2010, the first cohort matriculated as students in the masters of development practice, or MDP. The MDP program emerged as an innovative, curricular solution to the perceived absence of professionals able to navigate the complex, dynamic space between academic theory and research and field-based programs and practice within the broad field of international development. MDP was designed as more than a curriculum, it was designed as a network of programs, each situated in different schools in different regions of the world, each operationalizing a shared, though not standardized, curricular approach. Three key elements included coursework across disciplines, embedded and on-site experiential learning, and deliberate, cross-network engagement designed to foster rapid innovation and program coevolution. We hope to share the story of this program’s design and evolution, the successes and challenges along the way, and how this approach to education and leadership development suggests a model for other fields recognizing the complexity and dynamism of contemporary challenges, both local and global.

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