International Development Administration

The International and Development Administration area of study is designed for those who wish to concentrate on public policy and management problems that have significant international implications. This program might interest students concerned with administrative and policy issues in developing countries, in the post-Soviet states of Eastern Europe, as well as to students seeking positions with domestic agencies that deal with problems requiring an international perspective (e.g., the international division of EPA or international trade offices of the various states).

The goals of the program are:

  1. To expose students to the factors which distinguish administrative systems in a wide variety of countries, developed and developing;
  2. To investigate the behavioral and policy patterns these factors give rise to; and
  3. To examine, from economic, social, political, and managerial perspectives, the range of actions proposed to overcome obstacles and promote trade and development.

The faculty members associated with this program specialize in, or deal with, development issues and international political economy. Among their areas of research are issues associated with state-owned enterprises in developing countries; project evaluation techniques; the politics of liberalization; international security and trade issues; and building institutions which promote economic development, especially improving the welfare of the poor majority.


PAIA Courses

  • International Development Policy & Administration
  • Economics of Development
  • Managing NGO’s in Transitional and Developing Countries
  • Health and Development
  • Governance and Global Civil Society
  • Stabilization & Growth in Emerging Markets
  • Public Finance: A Comparative Perspective
  • Business and Government in a Global Economy
  • Humanitarian Action: Challenges, Responses and Results
  • UN Organizations: Managing for Change
  • Food Security
  • Fundamentals of Post-Conflict Reconstruction
  • Crisis Management
  • Culture & World Affairs
  • Challenges of International Management and Leadership (MAIR Core Course)
  • International Public and NGO Management

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    Alumni Careers

    Visit the Palmer Center for Career Development's Career Field Guides for more information about Careers in International Development and related fields. 

    Field Advisor, US Agency for International Development, US Department of State
    Interim Director, Global Health Policy & Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Deputy Mission Director, USAID, Cambodia
    Director Finance, Strategic Planning & Program Evaluation, US African Development Foundation
    Consultant, The World Bank
    Africa Programme Co-Coordinator, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa
    National Director, World Vision International
    Director Finance, Strategic Planning and Evaluation, US African Development Foundation
    Program Officer, International Organization for Migration
    Senior Fellow, ICF International
    Education Specialist, UNICEF
    Head of Delegation, Unit of Humanitarian Diplomacy, International Committee of the Red Cross
    Management Associate, Development Associates, Inc.
    Vice President, Program Support Department, Save the Children
    Field Support Officer, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, United Nations