SENDING TOP TALENT TO SOLVE DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES AROUND THE WORLD
Governments across the globe have enormous potential and drive, but many face immense social and economic hurdles. Public sectors seek high-impact, scalable ways to address development challenges that can be implemented effectively.
An incredible opportunity exists to create social impact interventions that really make a difference, and graduates from top universities around the world are passionate about doing exactly this kind of work.
That's why the IIC, a program based at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, sends top talent to work with government organizations on 1 - 3 year long fellowships that implement innovative solutions to important development problems.
A UNIQUE MODEL
The IIC's distinct model leverages global talent and government resources in a new way. This model has three defining features:
IIC Project Associates work in teams to foster entrepreneurial collaboration
IIC teams work directly with the government, to ensure projects address official priorities
IIC projects create scalable solutions, in order to maximize impact
HOW IT STARTED
The IIC was founded in 2013 by Anup Malani, a UChicago law professor and economist; Sanjay Bhargava, a successful entrepreneur and Paypal founding member; and Phoebe Holtzman, an alumna of the UChicago College. The IIC was developed at UChicago and launched its inaugural cohort of Project Associates in June 2014.
HOW IT WORKS
The IIC recruits top-performing graduates of leading host-country universities and US based institutions and organizes them into teams of up to 3-5 Project Associates. Project Associates train for 5 weeks in skills required to translate their academic and professional knowledge into on-the-ground contributions. The IIC embeds each team within a government, non-profit, or foundation office in India or Brazil to work on an innovative development project with a discrete, tractable scope for 1-3 year projects. The IIC provides on the ground managers and mentors to help teams of Project Associates achieve their projects’ goals.
THE IIC GROWS
The IIC was founded to instigate a culture of innovative problem-solving within the Indian government and build the next generation of global leaders. In the coming years, the IIC aims to grow in India and Brazil and expand to other countries around the world.