We are the Warwick International Development Society (WIDS). We aspire to be the largest student society at the University of Warwick, where our global citizens will become the leaders of tomorrow. Together, we will create a legacy of positive change and learn, care and act to positively impact issues in international development.
What do we do?
We hold an International Development Summit, and a speaker and discussion series, which allows global citizens to hear from and interact with high-profile speakers. We have created career programmes for our members. These include our International Development Exhibition careers fair and our International Internship Scheme. We are also introducing a development art exhibition, “Contrasting Perspectives”. Finally, we are completely revamping the WIDS media publications, and creating an opportunity for members to get tangibly involved in discussing development issues. Finally, for the first time ever, we are creating opportunities to volunteer locally in Coventry, and abroad on our brand new International Development Tour.
What sets us apart?
We hold the largest summit of it’s kind in the United Kingdom, and our ability to bring members and high-profile individuals together is unparalleled. We are focused on furthering the intellectual, humanitarian and career prospects of our members, and we encourage them to be active global citizens.
Past Featured Speakers at our International Development Summit include:
Richard Jolly, Honourary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Former Trustee for OXFAM and former Chairman of the UN Association of the UK. Previously Assistant Secretary General of the UN with senior positions in UNICEF and the UNDP
Abdel Bari Atwan, Editor-in-Chief at Rai al-Youm. Former Editor-in-Chief of al-Quds al-Arabi
Bilahari Kausikan, Former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore
Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera, President of Uruguay (1990-1995)
Patrick Low, Chief Economist of the World Trade Organistion
Mahmoud Mohieldin, Managing Director, World Bank
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia
Meghnad Desai, Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
Alan Winters, Professor, University of Sussex; former Chief Economist, DfID
Nick Dearden, Director of World Development Movement
For more information
Warwick International Development Summit