Today marked the end of the 2016 International Development Planning Studio. This year we continued to advance the quality of the proposals being developed by students, in large part due to the support of a number of international development experts at Virginia Tech. These experts worked closely with the students to help shape their ideas and refine their application of specific tools such as logical framework analysis. This semester, I also used a formative assessment framework to help guide the structure of the studio, which I will discuss in a future post.
I have listed below the titles of the student proposals to provide an indication of the range of subjects covered this semester.
- Implementation of Sexual Health Programs within Iran
- HIV Prevention Program in Bujumbura, Burundi
- Reducing Child Mortality in Burkina Faso Through Breastfeeding Education
- Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)
- Planning a Bus Rapid Transit System in New Delhi, India
- Gudri and Tantnagar Open Defecation Pilot Project
- Mobile Clinic and Educational Bus Bucharest, Romania
- Domestic Violence Support and Awareness in Guyana
In the final two studios, students formally presented and defended their proposals to a panel of international development experts. I would like to thank the following individuals for serving on these proposal review panels: Sophie Wenzel, Hannah Menefee, Maria Elisa Christie, John Browder, Bill Anderson, James Foreman, and Van Crowder. I greatly their time and the important contributions they make to student learning.