Director’s Letter

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Monash International Development Association (MIDPA) is a student-run organisation. We believe that international development processes can be enriched by peer to peer conversations. For that reason, we began MIDPA last year, because we think that the knowledge, perspectives and experiences of students are unique and valuable, but these are not always heard in the classroom.

Our objective is to provide a platform for MIDP students to share with others and learn from each other. We aim to encourage the next generation of development practitioners to confidently challenge norms, think critically and explore innovation.

As I look back to the past semester and look forward to the future. We began the year with a much bigger committee, with passionate MIDP students, with great ideas and many plans ahead. I realise that we have grown and become not only a united student association but a group of students committed to the cause, willing to learn from each other and to develop their skills, and not afraid to speak-out.

It has been an exciting and rewarding semester for all of us, we launched the MIDP blog, and we planned our for future events for the semesters to come. And it is with great pleasure that I write to invite you to the our upcoming events:


Semester 2, 2016 Events

1. O-week Professional Development Workshops: Personal Branding and a ‘How to’ in using LinkedIn to get an internship or job: Wednesday 20th July 2016

The purpose of the Professional Development Workshops is to assist the students of the Masters of International Development Practice to maximize their opportunities in seeking internships and work following graduation.

The Professional Development Workshops will consist of two workshops run by Karalyn Brown, founder of Interview IQ. The first workshop will be based on personal branding and will assist participants in thinking objectively about their skills and unique added value, and to understand how to communicate this to potential employers. This will be followed by a workshop on developing a standout LinkedIn profile, and the etiquettes and strategies in networking and job seeking.

There will also be an opportunity for students to receive a professional headshot during casual mingling following the afternoon workshop.


2. Brown Bag Lunch Series

This event seeks to expose MIDP students to a broad range of cross-cutting skills and ideas presented by visiting and local experts and professionals working in development and humanitarian assistance, or in intersecting sectors.

These lunches are to promote discussion of current and relevant topics to enhance student learning experience and to challenge them to think creatively and engage in an informal learning environment. It is also an opportunity for students to broaden their networks and meet industry professionals.


3. Teach Series

The Teach Series is a chance to share with fellow students your area of interest/experience/passion/expertise. For example, your valuable insights can range from thematic areas such as gender, food security, education, sustainable fashion etc., or sectors such as tourism, marketing, technology. MIDPA is passionate about providing a forum for students to meet in a casual setting, share ideas and explore the variety of areas in the development sector.

The format will run just like the Brown Bag Lunch Series, as an informal chat, with B.Y.O lunch. You will be able to introduce your topic, and the specific areas that you wish to share, and then we will open it up to a casual discussion and questions.


Semester 1, 2017 Events

1. International Development Case Competition

Tackle a real world development challenge an organisation is facing, and work as a team to come up with an innovative solution!

The case competition seeks to provide a forum for students to engage with a hypothetical problem in a development context and propose theoretically grounded solutions that are innovative and aligned with international development standards and best practices. Students will be challenged to engage deeply with a country and theme, exploring its issues and identifying sustainable and effective solutions.

Our ongoing goal is to keep providing opportunities for students to engage in international development and humanitarian assistance through events, workshops, and our blog.

While we celebrate many accomplishments over the past semester, we also have to say goodbye to extremely passionate colleagues. However, we are looking forward to working with you as alumni.

Thank you for wholeheartedly being a part of the MIDPA. We welcome to the new members of the committee; and we are looking forward to much more in Semester 2 2016!