Office of International Development

A Division of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Current OID Projects

Mandela Washington Fellows Program



Mandela Washington Fellows Program for Young African LeadersFellows are leaders from 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries.

IU’s effort brings together faculty, practitioners and resources from the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and several schools: the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Global and International Studies and the Maurer School of Law. Other local partners will include Cook Medical Inc., Ivy Tech Community College, Sagamore Institute and many other local and community organizations.

Become a Peer CollaboratorPeople are invited to join the conversation on Twitter about the Young African Leaders Initiative using the hashtag #YALI2016.

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Kosovo: Transformational Leadership Program



University of PristinaA four-year collaboration between the Faculty of Education (FE) at University of Pristina (UP) and IU’s School of Education through its Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR) will develop capacity at UP to meet the needs and expectations of the nation’s education system. The objectives of the partnership build on the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP) in Kosovo, co-funded by USAID-Kosovo and the Government of Kosovo and administered by World Learning, which aims to spur transformational change in research capacity, teacher education curriculum and pedagogy, and quality assurance.

In support of the FE mission to, “provide quality study programs for initial and continuous training of teachers and other specialists in the area of education, as well as to develop scientific-research activity, for the purpose of improvement of the Education System in Kosovo,” partners will oversee the operationalization of new activities to ensure a sustainable increase in human resource capacity. Project activities include development and support for Scholarly Learning Communities (SLCs), long-term scholarly exchange, short-term trainings, and increased access to research materials and mentoring.

To learn more about the Transformational Leadership Program, please visit the USAID-Kosovo-World Learning website.


Indonesia: Higher Education Leadership and Management



The strategy of the HELM project is to leave a legacy of stronger management systems in Indonesia’s higher education sector that will continue to improve academic quality, not just in a limited one-time manner, but in a regular and systematic fashion over the short, medium, and long terms. This project provides technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of Indonesian higher education institutions to perform effectively in four core areas: financial management, general administration and management, quality assurance, and collaboration with external stakeholders. Given USAID’s investments in teacher training programs, the HELM project will also target several institutions of higher education that have teacher training and/or education administration and management programs.

Indonesia has 10 to 12 programs in education management, though almost all of them focus on primary and secondary education. To help at least three Indonesian higher education institutions develop or strengthen post-graduate programs in higher education leadership and management, HELM will support them in developing curriculum (creating connections with other disciplines within the university as appropriate), adapting teaching methods to support the chosen curriculum if needed, and targeting program communications to attract students. To accomplish this task Chemonics has selected OID to help administrators identify how to differentiate their program from others as well as identify and/or implement methods to attract students.

To learn more, please visit the Chemonics website.


Burma: Youth Leadership Program with Burma



The The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with the Department of State has awarded Indiana University $326,406 to manage a student exchange program for Burmese for three cohorts of youth leaders. The Youth Leadership Program with Burma (YLPB) offers a wide variety of hands-on experiences for young leaders from Burma as a means to promote civic engagement, social responsibility, and fundamental leadership skills that will position participants as community leaders in their evolving country. As a program sponsored by ECA, YLPB seeks to promote the agencies objective of international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, professional, and sports exchange programs such as YLPB. Alumni of ECA exchanges from over 160 countries compromise over 350 million current or former heads of state and government. More information on ECA’s programs can be found at

Student activity includes a series of events around campus and the community visiting Indiana University departments such as the Indiana Daily Student to learn more about media consumption and journalism as well as local grassroots and national non-profit organizations such as United Way and Goodwill Inc. Discussions on human rights and sustainability are led by university and community leaders to encourage social responsibility and engagement with current and relevant issues facing these participants. In-country follow-on workshops are held with participants to discuss post-program activity and work together to implement appropriate and sustainable community projects.

Get InvolvedPlease consider getting involved as a host family here.

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