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Welcome our IO-MBA 2016-2017 intake

img_0260The IO-MBA 2016-2017 was successfully launched on September 6th. This year, the IO-MBA is constituted of 11 full-time students and 9 part-timers. In parallel to that, 8 participants are following the DAS and CAS program. Coming from 21 different countries and with an average working experience of 8 years, it promises very interesting exchanges and experience-sharing.

The first module on “Introduction to IOs and NGOs” with Prof. Julian Fleet (Permanent Observer representing the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to the United Nations) allowed participants to visit many UN organizations such as the  Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the World Health Organizations (WHO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Palais des Nations.

This module provides an introductory overview of international and non-governmental organizations, including taxonomies of classification, historical context, and the mandates, roles, operations and activities of such organizations in contemporary international relations. It focus on the United Nations and its subsidiary organs and agencies as the central institutions providing international governance mechanisms of global scope, including in the humanitarian, human rights, and economic and social development fields.

IO-MBA faculty wins “Outstanding New Case Writer” Award

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The IOMBA program is pleased to announce that a case study based piloted at IO-MBA, entitled “Using Satellite Data to Insure Livestock: IBLI and the Development of the World’s First Insurance for African Pastoralists”, has won the “Outstanding New Case Writer 2016” award given by The Case Study Centre, besting a competitive pool of entries from some of the world’s most prestigious business schools across 15 countries.

The winning authors are IO-MBA faculty Iddo Dror, an Israeli-Swiss CGIAR leader in capacity development and business school graduate of the University of Geneva; Andrew Mude, a Kenyan agricultural economist graduate of Cornell University who is IBLI’s project leader; and Shreya Maheshwari, a consulting Harvard economics graduate from India.

The idea was initially conceived as part of an effort to spur students in some of the world’s leading business schools to think critically and creatively about extending financial services across one of the last frontiers of the developing world. The case study and its accompanying teaching website is the latest demonstration of an on-going shift within CGIAR to transform traditional agricultural research for development into an enterprise as practical- and business-minded as it is technology- and policy-driven.

More on the case: Using Satellite Data to Insure Livestock