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The Policy Exchange

The Policy Exchange is a monthly blog focusing on various topics related to policy and policymaking. Serving as a way to facilitate policy discussion, this blog features posts from UMD School of Public Policy Dean Robert C. Orr, PhD and guest posts from other policy experts. Any media inquiries and questions can be sent to policy-comm@umd.edu.

Policy Indonesia 2017
Follow Public Policy students as they explore the complex systemic interconnections of decentralization policy; poverty reduction; environmentally destructive agricultural and extractive industry practices, particularly those leading to deforestation; governance and implementation of new environmental policies; Indonesia’s role in climate change (emissions due particularly to deforestation and burning) and the mitigation and adaptation policies Indonesia seeks to formulate and implement.

Policy Peru 2017

This blog is written by participants in The University of Maryland School of Public Policy Peru 2017 course trip, Sustainable Development, Environmental Policy, and Human Rights in Peru. The director and professor of the course is Tom Hilde. 

The Art and Science of Philanthropy
This blog chronicles the student experience during a semester taking The Art and Science of Philanthropy: Leading and Investing in Social Change.   The course defines philanthropy as an exploration of how one develops a vision of the public good and then deploys resources (including donations, volunteers, and voluntary associations) to achieve an impact.