The New Star Wars: Space & Cyber Security

The development of technology and the advancements in warfare have shown throughout history that the nations who create the most efficient and deadliest weaponry are the most successful in battle. In the book “Ways of War”, it is stated that both the space and cyber domains have only come about within the last 50 years…

Second Year Reflections

It has been a little over two months since I returned home from my summer placement in Cameroon. Although in some ways my life has slipped back into normalcy, there are other aspects that have been changed. It’s amazing to look back at my life a mere three months ago – days filled with bucket…

Official MDP Waterloo Video

After many months of filming and preparation, the official Master of Development Practice video is here! Watch the video below to learn more about the program and gain new insights from current and former students. 

MDPer Vietnam Internship Video

MDP Cohort 4 Candidate Mary spent summer 2016 completing an internship with Mines Action Canada and Norwegian People’s Aid in Hanoi, Vietnam. Check out the fun video montage she created documenting the highlights of her experience! To learn more about her experience as an Intern check out her blog post.         Mary…

Day of the Girl-Child: Why is this day so important?

As a future development practitioner, I am often confronted with highly complex and difficult issues that sometimes seem hopeless to resolve. Self-reflection is a tool I use to revisit the choices I have made that have brought me to this place and remind myself of why it is so important to not only understand, but…

8 Reasons for Attending the ICSD

Exposure: Finding employment is all about who you know now a days and this conference was such a good experience to get our names out in the academic world and build a stronger network within the field of development.  2. Learning: On the second day of the conference, we were able to hear many people…

International Conference on Sustainable Development

Tuesday 20 September, 13 MDP Cohort 4 Candidates flew to New York City to attend the annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (IC-SD) at Columbia University. As the MDP program at the University of Waterloo was founded as part of the global MDP network, we are invited to attend and submit papers to the conference….

Reflections from Conversations

Walking the path from my hostel, through Berekuso, and up the hill to Ashesi, I tend to think about the good and bad of living in Ghana, what works well and what changes would improve the lives of most citizens. At points the path can be wide, but while climbing the hill it narrows without…

Au revoir Cameroun

  Hello followers of the UWaterloo MDP Blog! It’s been my utmost pleasure to help my classmates share the stories of their placements as the MDP Student Engagement Coordinator and the Manager of the Blog. I would just like to give a huge shout-out and thank you to my colleague Laura who helps me edit…

Ghana be Home Soon

When preparing to leave for Ghana, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had spoken to others who had spent time in this beautiful country, but no one had ever visited Kumasi, where my placement was to be based. Adding to the mystery, there was very little information on what I would actually be…

Working for Ulto Property Group in Toronto

With the coming of August, I have been in Toronto for three months. During the last three months, I have worked as an intern at the Ulto Property Group Inc. in Toronto, with the goal of learning the concepts of green building in practice. Ulto Property Group is a specialized web and traditional real estate…

Reflections on Ghana

June, 2016 – Working: Since I have been working abroad I have learnt a few things about planning research projects – they CHANGE WITHOUT WARNING!!!! But it is how you deal with these changes that matters. It reminds me of a song “funny thing about a garden beauty live beyond its gates, but weeds and roots…