No, this is not a quiz for Bob Zoellick, but to all of you out there who are working in economic development--whether in government, multilateral organizations, or NGOs. Two questions specifically: 1. What is the one skill you learned in graduate school that is indispensable to your job? and 2. What skill or tool do you wish you had learned in school that you didn't?
Why do I ask? Well. tomorrow my colleagues and I are holding a faculty retreat to review the MPAID curriculum. Yes, I know, it is the best development policy program in the world as it is, but there is always room for improvement (or value in knowing there is not). So your input would be most appreciated.
And yes, you MPAID graduates can participate too. Just let me know that you are a graduate (if you wish to remain anonymous!).
As for potential applicants or students of development: let me know what you are looking for in a development curriculum.
UPDATE: Thanks to all who responded with such useful feedback. Ben may be interested to know that I read out loud his comments in the meeting today.