Warwick International Development Society (WIDS), one of the largest societies in the University, aims to raise awareness and understanding of International Development for all students. The society provides a safe platform for people to express their viewpoints; as well as engaging members into intellectual discussion on how to tackle real global issues.
What do we do?
We hold a speaker series, which allows global citizens to hear from and interact with high-profile speakers, and inter-societal debates which offer the opportunity to discuss important developmental issues with other students. Also, we have created career programmes for our members, including an internship with UNICEF.
A message from the President 2016/17
Daniel Ajiteru (Final year - BSc Economics):
“As shown by Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson’s (President of Iceland), Warwick students will be future leaders of the world. Unfortunately, we exist in a world plagued with wars, refugee crises, and polarised politics. There is plenty of work to be done to fully develop our home. WIDS will be the starting point for moulding minds that will further develop the world.”
Past Notable Speakers:
- Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia
- Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera, President of Uruguay (1990-1995)
- Patrick Low, Chief Economist of the World Trade Organistion
- Richard Jolly, Previous Assistant Secretary General of the UN with senior positions in UNICEF and the UNDP
- Bilahari Kausikan, Former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore
- Mahmoud Mohieldin, Managing Director, World Bank