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About the CoP on Global Development

Global IDEAS facilitates the Community of Practice (CoP) on Global Development to bring MSU faculty, researchers, practitioners, and students together to discuss global challenges and propose solutions, innovations, and research to global development challenges.

The CoP:

  • Connects MSU colleagues in all disciplines;
  • Facilitates discussions to develop interdisciplinary approaches to solutions;
  • Builds a strong stakeholder network of partners such as those in the philanthropic, private, and NGO sectors, to explore common goals, needs, ideas, and possible areas of collaboration with the MSU community; and
  • Shares information on international funding opportunities, development trends, and other relevant information to support the ongoing work of MSU faculty.


How to Connect with your colleagues in the Community of Practice on Global Development

Are you part of the MSU community who would like to connect with other faculty, researchers, and students working in global development? Visit our MS Teams Group here.



Upcoming Events:
Check back here for additional events to be scheduled for 2021.

Past Events:
For agenda, notes, and slide presentations:

  • MSU Faculty Meet and Greet #2: January 27, 2021
    Short presentations by faculty were followed by discussions by the MSU community to learn about current global development research interests of MSU faculty and identify potential partners for future collaborations. Presenters included:  Dr. Terrie Taylor, Osteopathic Medicine; Dr. Furqan Irfan, Osteopathic Medicine; Dr. Susan Wyche, Media and Information; and Dr. Douglas Hartman, Educational Psychology & Educational Technology, and Teacher Education.
  • MSU Faculty Meet and Greet #1: December 2, 2020
    Short presentations by faculty were followed by discussions by the MSU community. Presenters included: Dr. Aniruddh Behere, Pediatrics and Human Development; Dr. Abigail Bennett, Fisheries and Wildlife; Dr. Amita Chudgar, Educational Administration; Dr. Michelle Kvalsund, Neurology and Ophthalmology; Dr. Karim Maredia, Entomology; Dr. Sriram Narayanan, Supply Chain Management; Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Agricultural and Resource Economics; and Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.
  • Dialogue with Foundations on Education Funding: October 28, 2020
    The event was co-hosted with MSU University Advancement. Panelists for this event included Dr. Kristen Molyneaux of the MacArthur Foundation, and Dr. Asyia Kazmi of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Amita Chudgar of MSU's College of Education moderated a Q&A session.
  • Dialogue on Book Access, Distribution, and Supply Chains: September 30, 2020
    The event was co-hosted with the College of Education in collaboration with the Global Book Alliance (GBA) and their partners. GBA works to create stronger book value chains to ensure the supply of high-quality books in languages and formats children can use and understand.
  • Dialogue with International Development Firms: August 11, 2020
    Representatives from international development firms (FHI360, RTI and EDC) shared their experiences collaborating on international work in the education sector and discussed working relationships with universities.
  • Dialogue with USAID on Education Funding: June 24, 2020
    Dr. Samantha Alvis, Team Lead (Acting) Higher Education and Youth Workforce Development and Higher Education Senior Advisor in the Office of Education, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) for USAID shared the vision and priorities of the agency in the education sector.


Feedback on the Community of Practice

We welcome your feedback and suggestions to help us improve the function of the CoP and to guide future programming. For example: Do you have ideas for future events? Do you want to lead a small group of faculty who work on a specific issue or thematic area? Would you like to present your research in a future meet-and-greet event?

Other ideas? Please reach out and contact us at: globalideas(at)