APPLY NOW: 2016 Sustainable Development Module

EXTENDED DEADLINE! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until June 16, 2016.

"The leaders of tomorrow must possess a broad understanding of Sustainable Development as a multidimensional strategy that requires innovative political, environmental, economic, and societal approaches."

From the passage of the COP21 Paris Agreement to the Sustainable Development Goals, 2016 marks a watershed moment in the field of international development. This module will focus on challenges, trends, and innovations relevant to the post-2015 development agenda. Weekly session topics will include:

  • Foreign Aid
  • International Cooperation
  • Micro-level Perspectives
  • Climate Change
  • Development Innovations
  • Measuring Outcomes
  • Careers in Sustainable Development

Prior speakers for this module have included:

  • Cinnamon Dornsife, Senior Advisor of the International Development Program and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University SAIS
  • Edda Collins Coleman, Founding Principal, The 316 Group
  • Jasmine Lataillade, Program Development Officer, OIC International
  • Iain Guest, Founder and Executive Director, The Advocacy Project
  • John Cavanagh, Director, Institute for Policy Studies

Module Format and Audience:
The majority of sessions will consist of a distinguished speaker, a moderated discussion, and Q&A. Remaining sessions will provide simulations, in which participants have the opportunity to collaborate, communicate, and learn from one another. Before each session, participants will have a set of recommended readings to complete that focus on the weekly discussion topic. Following each session, a social hour will take place at a nearby venue.

The primary audience for this module will be early-career professionals in international development. However, there are no formal prerequisites (i.e. experience, age) to apply or participate in this module.

Participant Commitment and Fees:
Participants are required to meet once weekly for 1.5 hours per session, and for a total of 6 weeks. All sessions will take place after business hours at the same time and location each week (see below).

Fees for selected participants are $60. However, there is no application fee.

Start and End Dates: June 22, 2016 - July 27, 2016

Weekly Date, Time: Wednesdays at 6:30p

Location: InterAction, 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20036

Ready to Apply?

Applications are accepted until the deadline: June 16, 2016 at 5pm. All applicants will be notified of their final application status by June 17, 2016. 

  1. Login to your YPFP membership account on the ypfp.org homepage.
  2. RSVP to this event. You must RSVP to this event as part of the application process.
  3. Complete the application by following the link here. Incomplete applications will not be considered for participation in the module.
  4. If accepted to participate, you will be requested to pay a $60 participation fee.


 YPFP Leadership Incubator Program

The Sustainable Development Module is part of the YPFP Leadership Incubator, a special class of YPFP programming. The initiative consists of modules, each a series of activities that build competency in a skill or knowledge area of vital importance to future foreign policy leaders. The modules last 6-8 weeks, are composed of 20-30 participants, and include lectures, instruction, and collaborative, hands-on activities. YPFP has executed previous modules on topics ranging from Strategic Communications in a Digital Age to International Conflict Resolution. Future YPFP Leadership Incubator modules will continue to focus on multidisciplinary topics that have broad applicability across the foreign policy community and will impact international affairs over the long term.

June 16, 2016 at 5pm - 6pm
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