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Development and Humanitarian Assistance

The international community has made great strides in reducing poverty and improving livelihoods around the world. Despite this progress, exemplified by the success of the UN Millennium Development Goals, there remains much to be done to alleviate human suffering and create the conditions for economic opportunity.

To confront a world with a growing population, affected by man-made and natural disasters, the Development, and Humanitarian Assistance career track prepares students to support international development and humanitarian operations. Students completing this career track understand the field and can develop and implement new approaches to address these challenges.

This track draws on the Maxwell School's experience in program management and evaluation, pairing this with technical skills in program and project design, as well as the cultural and regional understanding needed to ensure that relief programs are contextually appropriate to the target environment. The broad range of course offerings focus on health, education, environmental sustainability, state-building and democratization, social change, economic growth, humanitarian assistance, and the political and cultural context of development and humanitarian operations.

For more up to date information on faculty associated with the Development and Humanitarian Assistance Career track, please consult the 2017-18 MAIR Handbook.