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We are Warwick International Development Society. Here at WIDS, we are passionate about anything and everything related to international development. We aspire to be the largest student society at the University of Warwick, where our global citizens will become the leaders of tomorrow. Together, we will create a legacy of positive change. Through us, you can learn, care and act upon to positively influence noteworthy issues in international development.
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Warwick Development Summit 2014
We aspire to raise awareness of international development in today’s community, and encourage action upon that knowledge by providing a series of unique opportunities through our events and projects. Our annual flagship event, the Warwick International Development Summit, gathers high-profile speakers from around the world to share their exclusive insights and knowledge on hot pressing issues. We also host a speakers and discussion series, where a whole array of international guests are regularly invited to interact with our members. We further link art, culture and development through various events, notably our development arts exhibition “Contrasting Perspectives: Freedom”. We even have career programmes designed exclusively for our members, including our International Internship Scheme. For the first time ever, there are also opportunities to volunteer both locally and internationally with WIDS, enabling members to make a real difference to the community. We are also completely revamping WIDS’ media publications to create more opportunities for members to get involved in discussing development issues.
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You may not be able to change the world alone, but together at WIDS we can. Make WIDS your first step and join other ambitious students to make a change.
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Come along to our LAUNCH EVENT of the year, as WIDS is joined by Warwick Finance Societies, Warwick PPE Society, Warwick Anti Racism Society and our very own Students' Union President himself to speak about the Syrian refugee crisis that has raised fundamental questions about the roles of European governments and the UN itself. The panel will be chaired by Professor Gurminder Bhambra, who started the initiative to give refugees scholarships to study at the university, something we at WIDS feel heartfelt joy for. At the event, you will get an introduction to the society's Global Citizenship Programme and projects offered to members, to find the right reason for YOU to be part of this initiative.
WHY GET INVOLVED
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMME 2015-16
WIDS has established a unique partnership with the Coventry Foodbank, in which volunteers are given the opportunity to work in several aspects of the organisation. We are seeking approximately 7 volunteers for this program, to participate in various days depending on the role given. Not only does this strengthen the connections between WIDS and the wider community,  but this partnership also aims to educate members about the international development issues closer to home. We want to highlight how issues such as food security are as important domestically as they are internationally. Apply today to make a real difference in the local community!
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The WIDS magazine features exclusive content from all aspects of the society, including articles by high-profile speakers. Speakers, professors and students are all invited to submit pieces for publication; it can be about absolutely anything that has made a difference in the fields of international development. The magazine will also showcase exciting photography and artistic pieces from members and sponsors, providing different perspectives of international development from a variety of lenses. Outstanding pieces from the blog will also be included in the print. With the release date set in Term 2, at the society’s Blackout Ball, do not hesitate to get in touch today if you have something to contribute!
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Learn about hot topics that concern fellow members
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Experience international development for yourself beyond talks and discussions
Abdel Barl Atwan at WIDS Summit 2014
During the 2016 Easter Break, WIDS will be breaking new ground by launching our first ever international tour. This tour aims to expose participants to the realities of the international development sector, as well as educating and equipping them for future contributions in this field. Partnering with the UK based charity “Azafady”, we are planning to hold this program for two weeks in Madagascar. Though a country often associated with tourism, Madagascar is in fact one of Africa's poorest nations, thus providing the perfect location to explore the various development practices happening today. With a unique international focus and a convenient time frame, this trip is bound to be attractive to all, regardless of your year group or course of study. Keep an eye out for when applications open to not miss this one in a lifetime opportunity!
Once in a lifetime international volunteering opportunity
EASTER
View international development through the lenses of art and fashion
External Internship Program
International tour - Madagascar
You may not be able to change the world alone, but together at WIDS we can. Make WIDS your first step and join other ambitious students to make a change.
Art Exhibition and Fashion Show
We are Warwick International Development Society. Here at WIDS, we are passionate about anything and everything related to international development. We aspire to be the largest student society at the University of Warwick, where our global citizens will become the leaders of tomorrow. Together, we will create a legacy of positive change. Through us, you can learn, care and act upon to positively influence noteworthy issues in international development.
LATE TERM 2
EARLY TERM 2
WIDS Magazine
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Mr Jeffrey Sachs Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Warwick Fashion and Arts Society
Blackout Ball
Art Exhibition & Fashion Show
WIDS is proud to announce its first ever ball! Collaborating with Warwick Blackout, we present you a ball with a twist like no other. Including a drinks reception and live performances from talented musicians, you can expect nothing less than an evening full of indulgent elegance, fine dining, dancing and much more! The ball serves as a fantastic way of celebrating our successful journey with WIDS this year, so keep your eyes peeled for tickets so you don't miss out on this fantastic event.
Discussion with Sir Richard Jolly
Ms. Natalie Samarasinghe Executive Director of the United Nations Association - UK (UNA-UK)
WIDS will be hosting an Arts exhibition, displaying masterpieces from talented Warwick students, and a Fashion Show, showcasing the creative flair of Warwick’s own fashion society: LINE. Taking place on campus the night before our summit, the exhibition and fashion show revolves around the overall theme: “Contrasting Perspectives: Freedom”. Be it political freedom, freedom of speech or freedom of expression, a range of perspectives revolving around “freedom” will be explored creatively through the eyes of art. In various developing countries, artists and their creations still remain very restricted in what they are allowed to represent, and the same is certainly true about fashion. This event focuses on these locations, using case studies to explore how cultures previously against the modern fashion industry have slowly begun to accept and integrate modern fashion into their respective traditions.
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Sonali Gidwani s.gidwani@wids.org.uk
Exclusive access to society vlogs and video coverage of all WIDS events
CAREERS
Warwick International Development Summit
A weekend-long conference, the Warwick International Development Summit is our annual flagship event, and is by far the largest student-run development summit in the UK. Attracting students, academics, professionals as well as members of the general public, this year the summit is taking place early in term 2, and promises to be the biggest and best yet! 
 Previous speakers included Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera (President of Uruguay), Patrick Lowe (Chief Economist of the World Trade Organisation) and Jeffrey Sachs (special advisor to the UN on development). If you are interested in development in any shape or form, this event is a must! With the Sustainable Development Goals just being reviewed and signed, now is an exciting time for international development and the summit serves to be a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from world experts, right here at Warwick.
Term 1  5 October 2015 - 12 December 2015
VOLUNTEERING
Video interviews featuring prominent individuals
Term 2  11 January 2016 - 19 March 2016
Lecture Series
Unique platform to learn off and engage with other fervent members
Warwick Global Brigades
Open to submission by anyone throughout the year, the WIDS Blog is a fantastic opportunity for members to share, learn and debate on various international development issues. These cover, but are not restricted to, topics such as education, gender, inequality, foreign aid, crises response, etc. Ultimately, it inspires curiosity in students; to discover different opinions, expand existing knowledge and to act on development issues. The blog also publishes society produced vlogs, featuring exclusive videos of speaker series talks, coverage of the WIDS summit and various events including the art exhibition and careers fair. As part of the blog series, we are organising interviews with renowned individuals such as Naomi Klein, Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson - so watch this space to hear their unique insights and opinions on various development issues! The blog will further feature submissions from students who have volunteered both locally and internationally. These pieces showcase the positive change being made in international development today, and hopefully will inspire you to act on pressing issues too!
Opportunity to express your passionate views about key issues
Mr Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera Former President of Uruguay
Mr. Patrick Low Chief Economist of the World Trade Organisation
“Approximately one and a half billion people, about a quarter of the world’s population, live in fragile or conflict-affected areas. I am pleased that WIDS will study how best to aid these societies.”
YEAR LONG
WIDS Winter Magazine 2014
Louise Arbour UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
PAST SPEAKERS
Blog
Dave Bernard d.bernard@wids.org.uk
WATCH THE FILM
Opportunity to voice your opinion on hot topics
SUPPORTING PARTNERS
© LINE October Photoshoot 2014
You want to change the world. But where do you start?
Mohammed Eltayeb president@wids.org.uk
Exposure to real world isues beyond the textbook
WIDS is proud to present our first term premier event – The Warwick Social Enterprise Challenge. Warwick SEC is a start-up accelerator for student entrepreneurs determined to impact change in the world. This platform aims to support social entrepreneurs, with access to business support and the opportunity to meet global shakers and movers. The ultimate winner has potential to receive mentorship from a distinguished panellist and angel investment towards their social enterprise. The capital, the influential networks, and the business know-how will all be put in place for only one shark to take. Our professional partners comprising of businessmen and academics will pool all candidates and select the ten best business plans for the final Challenge. The candidates will undergo training to refine both their business plans and presentations. To ensure rigorous support throughout the process, we will be working in collaboration with a variety of academics and public speaking professionals. Furthermore, we have a powerful board of panellists comprising of angel investors, who each specialises in a range of industries and possesses a wealth of experience.
TERM 1
Opportunity to make a real difference in the local community
Learn about the domestic aspect of the development story
The lectures series hosts regular events inviting guests involved in development at every level, including humanitarian workers, politicians, and your very own professors here at Warwick! This year, we’ll be exploring contrasting perspectives in development, extending our focus beyond the economic situation of lower-income countries. We’ll be hearing from engineers about ingenious solutions, educators about inequality in teaching, and entrepreneurs about innovative ideas. Various hot topics will be covered, from the refugee crisis to the Sustainable Development Goals, so come along to keep up to date on all the latest development news.
Opportunity to discuss and share your own views
Exciting and unique insights into hot pressing topics
Exposure to real world issues beyond the textbook
Meet influential speakers and learn from their experience
Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan at WIDS Lecture Series 2013
Amalia Notariello a.notariello@wids.org.uk
WIDS has secured partnerships with several renowned organisations, including IMC Worldwide, IRRI, United World Schools, and many more. Through WIDS, members can obtain invaluable internship opportunities at these organisations, with a fantastic support structure throughout the whole application process. Experience in these fields are heavily sought after by employers in todays’ market, so these opportunities available exclusively to WIDS members should not be missed. To maximise the chance of your application succeeding, a member of the WIDS exec will be available to personally guide you through the process from start to finish, offering help with application tips, CV checks and interview preparation.
Gain confidence in your abilities
Develop new skills and refine existing ones
Explore and experience prospective career paths
Work with the leaders of today, and learn directly from them
Secure highly competitive internships at renowned organisations
Get a flavour of what WIDS has to offer
Opportunity to meet with other members and exec
KEEP UPDATED
Warwick Uni Blackout is a new initiative that marks Earth Hour at the University of Warwick. The first event was held in February 2015, and involved turning off lights at the Students’ Union and the Piazza. This year, with the support of WIDS, Blackout aims to impact more areas of the university and empower students to act on reducing the university’s carbon footprint. Applications for joining the team for Blackout 2016 will open shortly. 
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SUB-SOCIETY
Warwick Global Brigades is a new sub-society of Warwick International Development Society. Global Brigades is one of the largest student-led development organisations, liaising with universities all over the UK and abroad. This is an opportunity to work with local lawyers, banks and engineering teams. It involves a series of hands-on volunteering programs ranging from human rights (legal), microfinance to engineering. Students get the chance to travel abroad to Panama, Honduras or Nicaragua in the summer to work alongside local communities to set up these systems, developing the infrastructure and skill set of the community. We aim to the channel the aims and values of the organisation into carrying out effective brigades. We hope to be a group of passionate and enthusiastic people that strive for change!
© Drexel University Global Medical Brigades team 2014
Develop new skills and refine existing ones
Exclusive training program, particularly in public speaking and presentation
Meet, learn from and even work with influential professionals
Unparalleled opportunity to realise your social enterprise idea
Together at WIDS, we'll learn about, care for and act on the improvement of human lives and communities worldwide.
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Past events
We aspire to raise awareness of international development in today’s community, and encourage action upon that knowledge by providing a series of unique opportunities through our events and projects.  Our annual flagship event, the Warwick International Development Summit, gathers high-profile speakers from around the world to share their exclusive insights and knowledge on hot pressing issues. We also host a speakers and discussion series, where a whole array of international guests are regularly invited to interact with our members. We further link art, culture and development through various events, notably our development arts exhibition “Contrasting Perspectives: Freedom”. We even have career programmes designed exclusively for our members, including our International Internship Scheme. For the first time ever, there are also opportunities to volunteer both locally and internationally with WIDS, enabling members to make a real difference to the community. We are also completely revamping WIDS’ media publications to create more opportunities for members to get involved in discussing development issues.
Exclusive insight to the back end mechanisms of a charity
WIDS is proud to announce its first ever ball! Collaborating with Warwick Blackout, we present you a ball with a twist like no other. Including a drinks reception and live performances from talented musicians, you can expect nothing less than an evening full of indulgent elegance, fine dining, dancing and much more! The ball serves as a fantastic way of celebrating our successful journey with WIDS this year, so keep your eyes peeled for tickets so you don’t miss out on this fantastic event.
Louise Arbour UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
“Approximately one and a half billion people, about a quarter of the world’s population, live in fragile or conflict-affected areas. I am pleased that WIDS will study how best to aid these societies.”
WIDS has established a unique partnership with the Coventry Foodbank, in which volunteers are given the opportunity to work in several aspects of the organisation. We are seeking approximately 7 volunteers for this program, to participate in various days depending on the role given. Not only does this strengthen the connections between WIDS and the wider community, but this partnership also aims to educate members about the international development issues closer to home. We want to highlight how issues such as food security are as important domestically as they are internationally. Apply today to make a real difference in the local community!