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International Development Studies

International development studies (IDS) is the study of poverty, inequality and how to create change and make the world a better place to live.

Students explore the ethics around what it actually means to provide help to someone living in poverty, as well as best practices in poverty reduction and making a long-term difference in people's lives. 

Food justice, disaster response, Canadian aid policy, environmental sustainability, armed conflict, disease, and education are examples of topics that IDS touches on.

An IDS degree is a launching point for a career in community development, humanitarian aid, disaster response, public policy, and non-profit management.
CMU is a pioneer in the study of international development, and our program has a number of advantages that make it a strong and competitive choice for students wanting to begin an international development career.
IDS alumni are spread across the world. They work in countries like Guatemala, Mali, Burkina Faso and Cambodia doing community development, advocacy, project management, and more.
The International Development program at CMU looks at development at both the community level as well as the global level. You will critically examine the wide range of actors and organizations that make up the international humanitarian world.

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