Fellows in the Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program traveled to Washington, D.C., from Jan. 8-10 for their annual professional development trip. The trip gives fellows the opportunity to connect with development professionals and learn more about the work of various government agencies, nonprofit organizations and international financial institutions.

Beginning on Sunday, Jan. 8, they heard a panel discussion on careers at the United Nations featuring Bautista Logioco MIDP’14, program officer for UN Peacebuilding, and Fiona Bourdin-Farrell, human resources director for UN Women.

The following day, they listened to a discussion on the future of international development led by Sam Worthington of Interaction, Dennis Whittle of Feedback Labs, and Tony Pipa of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). They later broke into groups to discuss pressing topics such as trends in development economics, social innovation, and short-term consulting for development.

On Monday and Tuesday, they visited various organizations and agencies in the Washington area, including the Atlantic Council, USAID, Oxfam America, the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank. During the panels and site visits, they had the opportunity to reunite with nearly 25 MIDP alumni who are currently employed in Washington.

On Monday, fellows and alumni also attended a lunch to welcome and greet new DCID Director Indermit Gill.

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