Blog pieces or articles may be on any topic, but this year the editorial team is particularly interested in entries that provide perspectives on MIGRATION AND DISPLACEMENT.  

Theme: technology and development

WITH OVER 50 PERCENT OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION EXPECTED TO BE ONLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2017, TECHNOLOGY AND THE CRUCIAL ROLE IT PLAYS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IS TAKING CENTER STAGE.

WITH MOBILE BANKING, PORTABLE SOLAR PANELS, CROWDFUNDING, AND GEOLOCATION SERVICES, THERE ARE SCARCELY ANY PEOPLE OR PLACES THAT ARE NOT IMPACTED BY IMPROVEMENTS OR CHANGES THAT TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES. WHAT DO THESE TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS MEAN FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF POLITICAL POWER, SOCIAL INCLUSION, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND POVERTY REDUCTION? HOW WILL THIS IMPACT SUSTAINABILITY AND GROWTH IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES? WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DO THESE INNOVATIONS OFFER DEVELOPING NATIONS, AND WHAT ARE SOME CHALLENGES THEY POSE?

WE ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON HOW TECHNOLOGY IS SHAPING INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

Blog Piece criteria

  • 250-600 words

  • Posts should be on a topic related to International Development, but we are specifically interested in post that address this year’s theme

  • Posts may also describe a relevant personal experience

  • Posts should be written for an "educated layman" audience 

  • Posts CAN be accompanied by other media (pictures, videos or infographics) 

Article Criteria:

  • 1200-1600 words

  • Articles should be on a topic related to International Development, but we are specifically interested in articles that address this year’s theme

  • Articles should be academic in style and should use Chicago author-date citations

  • Students may use class papers as a starting point

  • Articles can be accompanied by other media (pictures, videos or infographics)

Submitting a blog piece or article to sais perspectives allows you to make your voice heard, share your ideas and opinions, and get involved in the SAIS community. It also offers you the opportunity to work with an editor and create a polished final product. 

Send submissions to sais.perspectives@gmail.com along with your name, year, program and short bio. If you would like to discuss submission ideas, please feel free to contact the editorial team.