The International Development Speaker Series (IDSS)

Calestous Juma and the IDSS Team

Calestous Juma and members of the 2013-14 IDSS team

The International Development Speaker Series (IDSS) aims to stimulate, motivate, and support RAND researchers in bringing their talents to the pressing problems of the developing world. The series, founded and run by Pardee RAND students, engages the Pardee RAND and greater RAND community in an intellectual dialogue to grow RAND's role in international development research and supports a community of RAND researchers interested in these topics.

Upcoming and Recent Events

  • IDSS Welcomes Founder and Tech Lead of Question Box

    Dec 9, 2014

    The founder and tech lead for Question Box, a network array of public shared callboxes serving marginalized or rural populations, will discuss how semantic analysis of call records from Question Box installations provides a new layer of data insight to better inform quantitative decision-making

  • IDSS Presentation Explores Income Inequality, Mobility, and Accumulation of Capital

    Jun 24, 2014

    University of Washington professor Stephen Turnovsky will discuss income inequality in developing countries and why it is important to develop economic models that incorporate both the possibility of earnings and the mobility of wealth.

  • Hake Discusses New Model of Private Development Assistance at IDSS Talk

    May 27, 2014

    One new model of providing private development assistance in direct support of U.S. national security objectives is based on decentralization, private-public collaboration and not-neutral assistance. Jim Hake will discuss how this differs from approaches based on “universal humanitarian principles” and will examine lessons from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and conflict prevention missions in Africa and South America.

How to Attend

Our "Join Us" page explains how to receive information about these and upcoming programs, and how to attend the talks.