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Summer School at a Glance


Summer School at a Glance

Duke in India
  • The Summer School for Future Leaders in Development is a six-week course organized by the Center for Development Management at IIM Udaipur and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, USA.
  • The Summer School brings together students from Duke, students from prominent Indian universities and early career staff members from Indian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It is aimed at future development leaders seeking careers in the academic field, in practical areas of development and in related sectors dealing with contemporary socio-economic challenges.
  • The program combines classroom study with intensive fieldwork. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their classroom learning in practical field projects designed to provide transformative solutions to real-life problems.
  • Each participant will be part of a three-person team made up of a student from Duke University, a student from an Indian University and a young NGO professional.
  • Each team will spend 21⁄2 weeks in the field hosted by a regional NGO working in rural villages or urban slums.
  • The team will identify gaps in existing responses to community needs and will create a detailed project proposal for the NGO including a needs appraisal, implementation plan, budget and cost-benefit analysis. The proposal will be in a form suitable for presentation to potential funders.
  • Each team would also study the ownership and governance structure of the NGO and assess its strengths and weaknesses with respect to implementation and financial sustainability.
  • Participants will earn a certificate from IIM Udaipur.


Course work will include:

  • Concepts and Theories of Development
  • Investigative Research Tools and Methods
  • Managing Development
  • Professional Skills and Development, including grant writing and data presentation

The Summer School takes place from June 14th - July 27th, 2019.

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