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New Dublin-based Masters in Development Practice

March 8, 2010

I was interested to come across this new cross-university Masters initiative which looks somewhat innovative and will have its first offering in September. The programme is funded by the MacArthur Foundation and is part of a global network of Masters degrees in Development Practice, headquartered at Columbia University in the United States. The MDP will be delivered jointly by TCD and UCD in collaboration with the National University of Rwanda, Realizing Rights, Trócaire, Kimmage Development Studies Centre and Earthmind. I had a quick glance at the course modules. There is one on tropical agriculture and sustainable agriculture but not much more information than that. If anyone has any information as to what might be included it would be great to know. I am particularly interested to know if there are plans to cover agricultural biodiversity to any great extent, as a major pillar of sustainable agriculture, for adaptation to climate change and its contribution to nutrition and health.

I was also interested in the options for fieldwork. The fieldwork programme will provide students with the opportunities  to study, design, and implement “real-world operational sustainability interventions” that address critical environmental-climate change and livelihood threats. These will take place in the high-profile global “Earth Park”-the Biosphere Reserves and biodiversity “hot-spot” in western Rwanda, southwestern Uganda, and eastern Congo-in and around the Virunga National Park (Congo), Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda), and the Gishwati Forest (Rwanda). Now there is an opportunity!

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