Spring 2016
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SAIS IDEV Alumni Newsletter

Letter from the Associate Director

Dear IDEVer,

It’s hard to believe but this summer I will have been at IDEV for five years! As the academic year comes to a close, the program is getting ready to bid farewell to a fabulous second year class and welcome a new, smart, idealistic and dedicated group to SAIS. The year has been a busy one for IDEV: new full-time faculty came on board, we offered nine new courses, and faculty and adjuncts completed exciting book projects and research. In addition, six student practicum teams circumnavigated the globe, dozens of students completed internships, and our online publication Perspectives continued to build content and readership. But while we at IDEV have been marching ahead unprecedented turmoil, violence, and displacement have affected the lives of millions around the world. Refugees fleeing civil war and violence wait at Europe’s doors as its cities reel from terrorist attacks, the specter of drought and acute food shortages once again hangs over sub-Saharan Africa, and new infectious diseases weaken already fragile health systems. At IDEV we try to incorporate both new threats and new opportunities into the classes we offer, into our syllabi, and into our speaker series. We also like to learn from our alumni who work at the front lines of these problems as policymakers and program staff in the private and public sectors. Please consider reaching out to your class alumni representative or email us with updates about your life and work. We love hearing from you! Have a wonderful summer. We will be in touch again in the Fall!



After finishing SAIS in 2014, Susli recently moved to Singapore and has been consulting the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank on private sector student financing projects in the Philippines and West Africa. -Susli Lie, Class of 2014

Since graduating in 2013, Ingrid has been living in Washington DC and working on the Private Sector Engagement team at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), building and managing strategic collaborations with multinational corporations to advance WWF's conservation mission. -Ingrid Larson, Class of 2013

After graduating in 2014, Ally has joined the U.S. Foreign Service and is currently serving as the Deputy Political, Economic, and Consular Chief in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, where her diverse portfolio includes defense policy and the environment. -Ally Carragher, Class of 2014

"Since graduating in 2013, Zoe has been living in Washington DC and working on the Private Sector Engagement team at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), building and managing strategic collaborations with multinational corporations to advance WWF's conservation mission." -Zoe Cohen, Class of 2013

"Since 2013, Ranga has been based in Johannesburg at Bain & Company, where had been working on banking and mining projects across Africa." -Ranga Mlambo, Class of 2013

"After finishing SAIS in 2013, Nadir moved to Nairobi, Kenya to consult with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Currently, he is pursuing topical interests in access to finance and rural development by facilitating strategic planning and M&E for a variety of private, public, and non-profit organizations. " -Nadir Shams, Class of 2013


Upcoming IDEV Events

IDEV Practicum Client Presentations
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 27, 12-2pm
Location: Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 


Stay connected!

We want to hear from you!  Send your stories to, and we will publish them in an upcoming newsletter. If you want to get in touch with other alumni, below is contact information for the alumni chairs for recent classes:

Class of 2015: Douglas Emeott ( and Iva Panchilova (

Class of 2014: Laura Sennet ( and Mark Radin (

Class of 2013: Katryn Bowe ( and Priya Punatar (

Class of 2012: Joe Wilson ( and Carolyn Florey (
Alumni Happy Hour
Thank you for joining us for the IDEV Happy Hour this April. We look forward to seeing you next semester! 
News from the China Africa Research Institute (CARI)

China-Africa Loan Database

China’s lack of transparency on its overseas development finance has led researchers to produced wildly different estimates of figures for Chinese development finance. The China Africa Research Initiative at SAIS has been tracking Chinese loans in Africa since 2007. Findings from the database were revealed publicly for the first time on April 21, 2016. In particular, some findings include:
  • African governments and state-owned firms have borrowed $86.9 billion from the Chinese government, Chinese banks, and Chinese companies between 2000 and 2014.
  • China Eximbank contributed the bulk of these loans: $59.6 billion. Yet contrary to other estimates, CARI finds that the World Bank is still, for now, a larger funder of African development than China Eximbank 
If you would like more information, please contact You can also download a copy of the briefing paper from our website:
This year there were six practicum teams. The clients were located in India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Kenya, and Nigeria. Below please see some pictures from field visits during intersession. 
International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka
The IWMI practicum team assessed the threats and opportunities to the fishing communities surrounding Negombo Lagoon through meetings and focus groups with government officials, fisherman, and non-profit organizations. The team investigated causes for why the area had been experiencing a decline in ecosystems and catch size, and determined strategies to confront these issues. 
Photo by: Valerie Tan, IDEV Second-Year MA Student 
Fisherman illegally fishing during restricted hours because enforcement by government officials is inadequately exercised. This poses a major threat to the fishing industry as it has led to a sharp decline in catch size to areas surrounding the lagoon. 
Zhongfu International Investment Company, Nigeria
The team worked with a private Chinese company to assess the opportunities for the Ogun- Guandong Free Trade Zone with a particular focus on sustainable growth and management strategies. 

Photo by: Andrew Caruso, IDEV Second-Year MA Student
Entry gate of the Ogun- Guandong Free Trade Zone.
The team worked with a private Chinese company to assess the opportunities for the Ogun- Guandong Free Trade Zone with a particular focus on sustainable growth and management strategies. Final deliverables include suggestions for further management and organizational strategies. 

SAIS Perspectives: the IDEV magazine

SAIS Perspectives is the flagship, student-run publication of the SAIS IDEV program.

This Year’s Theme—”Migration and Displacement”: We are interested in your perspective on how migration is shaping our world. With the knock-on  effects of brain drains, remittances, protests, and cultural clashes, there are scarcely any people and places that are not impacted by the lottery of geography and the resulting movements of people. We want to hear your ideas on this topic.

How to contribute: Perspectives is now accepting short blog pieces and articles that provide unique perspectives on international development to be published on the SAIS Perspectives website.  Blogs or articles may be on any topic but the editorial staff is especially interested in entries providing insight on this year’s theme. Send submissions to along with your name, year, program and a short bio.

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Recent Articles

Perspectives photo contest winners

Public-Private Partnership Initiative

The Public-Private Partnerships Initiative (PPPI) was started at SAIS by Professor Alan M. Trager in May 2014, but his involvement in PPP projects and activities extends over the past 13 years. Since the PPPI started at SAIS, there have been two graduate courses a year offered in PPP, studies conducted in Singapore, China and India, with previous studies completed in Mexico and Brazil, and a variety of senior relationships established with multilaterals, governments, multinational corporations and foundations about PPPs.

Partnerships are especially important as public sectors face limitations, primarily based on limited financing and operational capacity, and insufficient PPP expertise is in solving complex interdisciplinary public policy problems using multi-sector, multiple asset
class and multi-country solutions.

Professor Trager and his team, formed from outstanding students who graduated from his PPP courses at SAIS and Harvard Kennedy School, recently completed an
18 month study: Mapping Study across Countries (China and India). The study examined PPPs across two enormous but different countries to achieve a greater understanding of how different contexts affect the operationalization of PPPs. The findings of the Mapping Study yielded important implications for PPPs, including three gaps that were identified as key weaknesses for the institutionalization of PPPs: execution, financing, and innovation.

In the global perspective, the World Bank Global Infrastructure Forum (April 16, 2016), attended by all nine presidents of multilateral development Banks (MDB), focused on the trillions of dollars that have to be raised for all types of infrastructure to meet the UN’s Sustainability Goals. The only way for this to succeed is for governments to learn and prepare for what they need to do to make their projects less risky and easier for various segments
from the private sector to understand as investments. Two of the three gaps (execution and financing) from the Mapping Study were frequently highlighted during  the Forum.

The PPPI team is moving forward towards implementation of its interests in specific areas of healthcare, urban economic development and water in China and other countries. The projects move to address all the gaps with the recommendations in the study: advancing PPP skill development through capacity building, using a multi-asset approach, encouraging policies and tools to support behavioral change, and moving towards stronger institutional leadership.

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