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Bequest endows the GDS Center

Through the generosity of Seymour Bluestone, M.D., Brandeis has received an $8.4 million bequest that endows the GDS Center, the Sustainable International Development Program and the Transitional Year Program. See the full announcement.


GDS receives the Heller School Team Research Award for 2017

The 2017 Heller Team Research Award was presented to a GDS Research team for its impact evaluation in Uttar Pradesh of the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s Midday Meal Scheme in Lucknow, India: A School Level Evaluation. Mandated by the Supreme Court of India, the Midday Meal Scheme provides free meals for students throughout the nation. The evaluation team was headed by Prof. Joseph Assan (Principal Investigator) and included Prof. Laurence Simon (Co-PI) and two GDS PhD students – Dinar Kharisma (of Indonesia) and Afia Adaboh (of Ghana). Abdullah Al Mamun, a graduate of the Heller Sustainable International Development Program, flew in from Bangladesh to conduct trainings and help supervise the survey team based on his work with the Aga Khan Foundation and BRAC. Based on surveys conducted with 1,338 students and 175 teachers within the Lucknow Area, the evaluation is being used to improve the management and effectiveness of the Lucknow Area program involving almost 64,000 students in 729 schools. The evaluation was conducted in cooperation with the Akshaya Patra staff in Lucknow.


GDS launches CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion

The GDS Center announces an open access, peer-reviewed journal to advance scholarship into hereditary forms of marginalization and oppression of religious, racial and cultural minorities. SIGN-UP for a free subscription and READ our announcement.


Conference on Reconfiguring Solidarities around Caste and Race

The fourth international conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on May 4-6, 2018. See Call for Papers. This series of conferences were begun by the GDS center in 2015 and will continue as a “floating conference” hosted by different universities on occasion.  The University of Massachusetts at Amherst hosted the 2018 conference.  Amherst is in a beautiful area of Massachusetts which is the home of the Five College Consortium including the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Hampshire College.


Current GDS Newsletter

GDS is actively engaged with critical issues of development. See our Click current newsletter for summaries of selected projects.


Professor Laurence Simon's commentary on How to Give Wisely for Disaster Relief after Hurricane Matthew: Five Lessons and Five Questions

Nearly seven years after the Haitian earthquake that killed more than 200,000, Hurricane Matthew has now claimed many hundreds more, caused immense devastation, crop loss and an urgent need for assistance in medical relief, potable water, food and shelter. While the hurricane is a tragic reminder of the need for long-term sustainable development to build resilience in local communities and guard against the onslaught of global climate change, our most immediate attention needs to focus on humanitarian relief. Five lessons for donors... Click HERE to read the full commentary.

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