IDD celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. Throughout the year we will be holding events to mark the occasion - check our news page for what is happening - for example, and to start things off, we hosted the Development Studies Association conference in November 2013.
Study with IDD during our anniversary year on a wide range of development Masters programmes either on campus or by distance learning. See what some of our alumni from more than 100 countries think of the experience.
Latest IDD 50 faces profiles:
- IDD, or DAG as it was then, was a very different place when I joined in 1993. Many of the members of the department had been there for a long time and I was part of a drive to bring some youth in. I came in as a 'Teaching assistant' on a contract that funded a PhD and gave me a minimum number of teaching hours.
- I never dreamt that I would be involved in major reforms in countries as diverse as Indonesia, Slovakia and Ukraine. My time at Birmingham has been rich in opportunity and experience and rich in the friendship of likeminded colleagues both here and abroad.
- Perhaps it was unusual but nevertheless at Birmingham University, in my time, I cross-read between several disciplines. At INLOGOV, my Master's degree (1970-71) permitted me to study not only UK central and local government, but also administration in developing countries. In addition, I read aspects of social policy and social administration in another department.
- My time at the IDD (1990) had been most enriching. I especially enjoyed learning how to organize thoughts, lateral thinking, information, time and resource management, converting ideas and academics into practice and gender sensitive development with the people especially the poor.