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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 colleagues in the Community of Practice on Global Development


Would you like to connect with other MSU faculty, researchers, and students working in global development? Visit our MS Teams Group where you can access meeting notes, presenters' slides and network with Community of Practice members.


Community of Practice Events


Watch this space for upcoming events of the 

Community of Practice on Global Development and Research



Previous CoP Events

Follow links for meeting agendas, notes, and presenters' slides:

  • March 14, 2024 Exploring and Securing USAID funding. This workshop, presented by members of the Global IDEAS team, was an interactive workshop in which various aspects of USAID proposal development were discussed. These include: finding in-country partners, creating pre-teaming agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and the role of the USAID Business Forecast. In addition, workshop participants had the opportunity to use the newly developed GIDEAS-USAID Business Forecast dashboard and discuss potential proposal interests with researchers involved in the same sector.
  • February 7, 2024 Panel Discussion on the subject of Inclusive Budgeting in Global Development and Research. Speakers included professional staff and experts in the field from both within and outside Michigan State University, who discussed their experience in creating inclusive budgets in global research and development projects. Panelists included: Lori Bramble, Research Administration Manager, AgBioResearch (MSU); Shirley Malcom, Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); and Jeannie Patrick, Director of the Office of Research Administration (MSU). The meeting notes and video recording of this meeting are available on the CoP Teams channel.  

  • September 20, 2023 Panel discussion on the DRAFT document "Policy on Best Practices for Equitable Partnerships in International Collaboration: Building and Maintaining Trust" A presentation of the development of the MSU draft policy on equitable partnerships in global development. Faculty members discussed how this policy directly relates to their work and provided insight on further enhancement of the policy. Panelists included: William Cunningham, Associate Dean for Global Health for the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Director of the Institute for Global Health; Anjam Chaudhary, DEI Program Coordinator, International Studies and Programs; Amy Jamison, Education and Research Specialist, Co-Director for the Alliance for African Partnership. Opening remarks by Titus Awokuse, Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Partnerships; and and closing remarks by Diane Doberneck, Director for Faculty and Professional Development, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Community Sustainability.
  • Panel discussion on Equitable Partnerships in Global Development: March 15, 2023. MSU faculty with decades of experience in global development provided insight on the draft statement: "Policy on Best Practices for Equitable Partnerships in International Collaboration: Building and Maintaining Trust". Panelists included: Amanda Flaim, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, and the James Madison College of Public Affair; Jose Jackson-Malete, Co-Director of the Alliance for African Partnership; Laurie Medina, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and Leo Zulu, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences.
  • Gender Workshop: November 30, 2022  Researchers who are experienced with gender research in global development discussed the role of gender analysis in large international projects and how to negotiate its relevance from planning through implementation. Presenters included: Marcy Hessling O’Neil, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology; Veronique Theriault, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics; and Linda Racioppi, Interim Dean, Professor, and Associate Dean for Research, James Madison College.
  • Faculty Meet and Greet: October 5, 2022  Presentations were made by five faculty members from different disciplines across campus who are experienced in various aspects of international research. Networking and rich conversation followed the presentations. Presenters included: Dr. Evangelyn Alocilja, Professor, Biosystems And Agricultural Engineering; Dr. Stephen L. Esquith, Dean, Residential College of Arts & Humanities; Dr. Geoffrey Henebry, Professor, Geography Environment Spatial Sciences; Dr. Krista Isaacs, Assistant Professor, Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences; Dr. Anna Maria Santiago, Assoc. Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives, College of Social Sciences. 
  • SDGs, Gender and Research Design in Global Development: March 24, 2022  Researchers who work in Albania, Colombia and Myanmar discussed issues related to gender in these countries which all have the same SDG 5 ranking. Panelists included: Albania-Diana Gellci, Professor, Wayne State University; Colombia-Maria Alejandra Garcia, PhD candidate, Community Sustainability, MSU; and Myanmar-Nuchnalin Leerasantana, Independent facilitator and consultant for forced migration and human rights. This event was co-hosted with the MSU Center for Gender in Global Context. Meeting agendas, notes, and presenters' slides will be posted soon.
  • Equitable Partnerships in Global Research and Development: March 17, 2022  Presentations by international research partners were followed by break-out sessions on various aspects of equitable partnerships. Panelists included: Amanda Flaim, Assistant Professor, Dept of Sociology and James Madison College, Wisa Fink, MCW Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State University, Sopheak Chann, Lecturer, Royal University of Phnom Penh and MCW Fellow, Chutima ‘Miju’ Morleaku, Founder, Akha Network for Peace and Sustainability; and Director, Indigenous Peoples Education and Culture Association of Thailand; Alex Kahi, Professor of Animal Breeding and Genomics, Dept of Animal Sciences, Egerton University, Kenya; and Dorothy Ngila, Director Strategic Partnerships, National Research Foundation, South Africa. This event was co-hosted with AAP and AsiaNexus. Meeting agendas, notes, and presenters' slides will be posted soon.
  • Dialogue with Foundation Partners in International Development: December 8, 2021   Presentations by Foundation representatives were followed by Q&A with MSU Community of Practice members. Panelists: Christian Witt, Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Alejandra Garduño Martinez, Director, Latin America and Caribbean programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and John Ellenberger, Senior Vice President, Land O'Lakes Foundation (Venture 37). This event was co-hosted with MSU University Advancement. 
  • Workshop on Gender & Inclusion in International Development: November 22, 2021   A gender toolkit was used in working groups in this session. Presenters: Marcy Hessling O’Neil, Assistant Professor, Anthropology; affiliated faculty member with Center for Gender in Global Context, and African Studies Center, MSU; Rebecca Irvine, Program Director for Faculty Research Development, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, U of M; and Carmen Benson, Assistant Lecturer, International Agricultural Extension and Education, Texas A&M University. This event was co-hosted with the MSU Center for Gender in Global Context. 
  • Dialogue on Gender and International Development: May 5, 2021 This program brought together MSU researchers who have been working on gender issues in global development for decades with those who are newer to this type of work. Presenters: Amy Jamison, Co-Director, Alliance for African Partnership; Linda Racioppi, Professor, Associate Dean and Interim Dean of James Madison College; Kurt Richter, Director, Innovation Scholars Program and the Grain Research and Innovation Programs; and Deputy Director, Global Center for Food Systems Innovation; Cholani Weebadde, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Farha AbbasiAssistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Colleges of Human Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine.
  • MSU Faculty Meet and Greet #2: January 27, 2021
    Short presentations by faculty were followed by discussions with the MSU community to learn about current global development research interests of MSU faculty and to identify potential partners for collaboration. Presenters: 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 with the MSU community. Presenters: 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: 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 the Q&A session.
  • 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.


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