Newsletter #1 27 October, 2013
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Greetings everyone, 

Welcome to the first ever newsletter from The Growth and Development Project (also known as DeltaGDP)! In light of Delta GDP's recent expansion and our ambitions for this year, we realized we needed a more consistent way to keep everyone on our listserv (that's you!) in the loop and aware of all the development events on campus. We decided we had held out long enough in our guerrilla-resistance against the interwebs -it was now time for a newsletter. Thus, as a part of our listserv, you now have the privilege of receiving our conveniently-spaced newsletter every-other week! Wow! What a deal! I'm sure you're dying to know more! 

Well, our goal with the newsletter is to jam with as much sweet, life-giving information as one email can handle, while at the same time keeping it concise so as not to waste your time (this will be the longest email, we promise). We'll keep you up-to-date with all of Delta GDP's events and other events on campus. We'll also pass along news, articles, and media from the world of international development that we're just itching to share with you.

Every, and we mean EVERY, newsletter will have a table of contents so you can quickly browse through the info and jump to the stuff that you really care about. We know, we're just that thoughtful. 

The DeltaGDP team

At a Glance 

I. Introduction

II. Our Events 
-Development ConsultancyCase Contest 
-Fire in the Blood Screening + James Love lecture
-Acumen Fund 

III. Other Events 
-SEADS screening of "The Microlending Film Project"
-Columbia Media Conference

IV. Opportunities 
-Job opportunity with Global Poverty Project USA 

Opinion: Joseph Stiglitz in the New York Times on Inequality
Video: Dan Pallotta on rethinking charity at the TED Conference 2013
Opinion: Jeffrey Frankel on Leadership and Corruption in Africa
Article: Major International Donors Failing on Aid Transparency

Our Events 

1. Development Consultancy Case Contest:

Date: October 30th
Time: 8:00- 9:00PM
Venue: Pupin 214

Are you interested in consulting, economic development, and entrepreneurship? In generating and presenting ideas that will have a tangible impact?  If so, then you'll probably want to participate in Delta GDP's and Engineers Without Borders - Columbia Chapter's Development Consultancy Contest 2013.

Join us at the Information Session on Wednesday, October 30th in Pupin 214 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM to learn more about context, presentation and prizes and get involved in this fantastic opportunity to engage in a consulting simulation and use your ingenuity and communication skills to create a meaningful difference.

Find out more at:

and check out the Facebook event:


2. "Fire in the Blood" Documentary Screening + talk with James Packard Love

Date: November 28th
Time: 4:00 - 6:30 PM
Venue: TBA

Join us for a screening of "Fire in the Blood", a documentary by Dylan Mohan Gray that tells story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to affordable AIDS drugs for the global south in the years after 1996. With contributions from global figures such as President Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and economist Joseph Stiglitz, Fire in the Blood is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop 'the Corporate Crime of the Century' and save millions of lives.  

The documentary with be followed by a short discussion led by James Packard Love, the director of Knowledge Ecology International who features prominently in the film. 

Learn more about the documentary here:

Other Events 

1. SEADS Screening of "The Microlending Film Project" + talk with Rachel Cook

Date: October 28th
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Venue: Lerner Cinema

Columbia's SEADS student club will be hosting a screening of "The Microlending Film Project," which will be followed by a short talk and Q&A given by Rachel Cook, the founder of Seeds. The film illustrates the impact of micro-finance through the experiences of a handful of women. 

More info about the film can be found here:


1. Global Poverty Project USA - apply to be an Associate

For all you seniors out there, Global Poverty Project USA is looking for a new associate to help lead their Live Below the Line campaign. The position includes helping to lead the LBL campaign and manage partnerships for the organization.

More info about the job and how to apply can be found at:

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