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Field training in the millennium villages: Building core competencies of sustainable development practice

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Understanding the need for aspiring practitioners to gain experience confronting real-world development challenges, the Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) program includes a structured field training to foster the development of practical skills such as community participation; technical skills in key sectors such as health, education, agriculture and infrastructure; and project design and management. Based on the recommendations of the “International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practitioners,” co-chaired by John McArthur and Jeffrey Sachs and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the MDP program was first launched at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in 2009, and various permutations of the program are now being offered within a growing network of universities around the world.

In the summer of 2010, the first MDP field training program was designed to provide 24 students with a 12-week immersion into cross-sectoral development projects. Five Millennium Village sites were selected (Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda) along with a partner site in Samlaut, Cambodia. Drawing from observations, surveys, and interviews with students, community members and project staff, this paper will analyze the field training program design, its success in building professional competencies of a development practitioner, and the impact the programs had on the local community and on the local development projects. The findings of this paper may help inform the development of future field training programs that provide students with real-world experiences to foster practical knowledge and skills for sustainable development practice.
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Murphy, Katie. "Field training in the millennium villages: Building core competencies of sustainable development practice" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494015_index.html>

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Murphy, K. M. , 2011-04-30 "Field training in the millennium villages: Building core competencies of sustainable development practice" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494015_index.html

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Abstract: Understanding the need for aspiring practitioners to gain experience confronting real-world development challenges, the Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) program includes a structured field training to foster the development of practical skills such as community participation; technical skills in key sectors such as health, education, agriculture and infrastructure; and project design and management. Based on the recommendations of the “International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practitioners,” co-chaired by John McArthur and Jeffrey Sachs and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the MDP program was first launched at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in 2009, and various permutations of the program are now being offered within a growing network of universities around the world.

In the summer of 2010, the first MDP field training program was designed to provide 24 students with a 12-week immersion into cross-sectoral development projects. Five Millennium Village sites were selected (Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda) along with a partner site in Samlaut, Cambodia. Drawing from observations, surveys, and interviews with students, community members and project staff, this paper will analyze the field training program design, its success in building professional competencies of a development practitioner, and the impact the programs had on the local community and on the local development projects. The findings of this paper may help inform the development of future field training programs that provide students with real-world experiences to foster practical knowledge and skills for sustainable development practice.


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