DEIPM Field Mission Teams awarded BNP Paribas Grant

This year, two teams of the M2 DEIPM program were awarded a grant by BNP Paribas to complete their Field Mission. We are very proud of them! Congratulations!

Keep reading to find out more about their projects bellow!

Project Oasis

Project Oasis is a non-governmental organization (NGO) created by Nassima, Marianella, Tlangi and Neha of the M2 Development Economics and International Project Management (DEIPM). This pioneering NGO was conceived by the students as part of their Field Mission project.

From Morocco to South Africa, and from India to Venezuela, this strong all-women team represents the drive to change things, the perseverance to make things happen, the creativeness to innovate and the strength to overcome obstacles.

Their mission as an organization is to create innovative projects that integrate the social, economic and environmental areas to generate sustainable practices in vulnerable communities, and thus provide solutions to environmental problems that represent an obstacle to the sustainable development of rural populations.

Caribe Fertil is their debut project based in the Caribbean island of Isla Fuerte in Colombia that aims to benefit the local community through the promotion of sustainable development. This project looks at generating opportunities and solutions for the island, by reducing the negative impact of invasive algae (particularly sargassum) and chemical fertilizers, through the promotion of sustainable practices.

Nature Knows no Borders

The goal of this project is to facilitate knowledge transfer that can facilitate adaptation of trans-boundary water Management, contributes to social-ecological resilience around the world. Environmental resources are looked upon as geo-political instruments but when looked at from a perspective of the environment; which doesn’t recognize political borders, makes us all not be afraid of bio-centric approach to dealing with the religious, political, and cultural differences. Hence, climate conflict between Israel and its neighbors extends well beyond the political sphere. Working with Arava Environmental institute, this project will advance awareness of current efforts that are facilitating sustainable human communities and reconciliation in conflict areas through circular economy.

More specifically, this project will evaluate advanced methods and strategies currently used, that can enable policy makers and assist communities around the world that are grappling with conflict due to environmental resources to promote environmental leadership over conflict. Thereby providing opportunities for awareness, cooperation and promotion of regional peace and security as well as economic growth through Greywater Treatment and Reuse Systems. This system requires low tech and low maintenance, thereby adaptable to developing countries as well.

Our primary outcome will be knowledge transfer through workshops that can be adopted and applied toother landscapes as a contribution to the World Water Day 2017 on the theme “Wastewater” celebrated on 22nd March. For this project, knowledge transfer is not a final step but a more interactive participatory approach that bring stakeholders, researchers, students and communities together in France to co-produce knowledge on how to mitigate ongoing and future conflict by prioritizing environment and promoting circular economy.

M2 visits European Commission in Brussels

On Monday the 24th of October, the DEIPM students, accompanied by Prof. Najman, were welcomed at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. The visit was a one day program specifically prepared for DEIPM students.

It started with an introduction to the EU Commission’s role in Competition Policy, followed by an interesting presentation about the EU and Economic Governance.

We had lunch together in the EU Commission’s very own restaurant, which was a great way to experience the day to day routines of those who work there.

In the afternoon, we were given a brief introduction into EU Commission’s history, and also about it’s current priorities and objectives, and the actions taken to achieve them, under the mandate of President Juncker. Later we got to know more about the role of the European Commission as the political executive of the EU in regards to current events. The final presentation was an introduction to how the role of the EU Commission in the WTO.

At the end, we were lucky to meet with a former intern of the EU Commission who shared some tips on how to apply. If you’re interested, follow this link to find out further information about interning at the EU commission.

Good luck!

UPEC’s Master 1 in International Economic Studies and Master 2 in Development Economics and International Project Management


photo article boris


A Master degree, entirely in English, at 30 minutes from Paris centre (Metro line 8). Our programs objectives are to train professionals taking part in economic analysis, public policy and aid programs for developing or emerging countries. Students are equipped to enter economic or development research positions and various roles in the public or private sector dealing with economics. Teaching staff comprises both high level academics and professionals from the consulting business, as well as economic experts in the field of development, including those working with the world’s leading international organisations (OECD).

International Economic Studies

Development Economics and International Project Management

Students are encouraged to do an internship, field mission and various projects within the program, which prepare them to enter the job field with both academic and professional experience.We organise regular conferences at the University, Brussels, and with international institutions

Alumni of the program did their internships at Agency of French Development, BNP Paribas, Center for European Policy Studies, European Commission, FAO, Institute for Advanced Development Studies, ILO, OECD, UNECE, UNIDO, UNESCO, UN Women, UNESCAP etc.

Join our master program and meet classmates from all over the world!

Online applications until May, 25, 2016 :

Field mission group Aqua’Dev win UPEC-BNP paribas Grant

On the 26th of January, representatives of 2 field mission groups “Lighting up Businesses” & “Aqua’Dev” went through a 10 minutes oral presentation of their project in order to win a 1500€ grant from BNP paribas.

Aquaponics for Development initiative team won the price, thanks to Océane Thaeder, who defended the project in front of a 4 members jury from both BNP paribas and UPEC.

Congrat’s to Océane, and to Aqua’Dev team!

Know more about Aqua’Dev project &  DEIPM Field missions

Master 2 field missions are in process: overview of the ongoing projects

Group 1 Fozan Fareed, Roksolana Shelest, Simon Göbel Laura Bonnemaison.
Project Lighting Up businesslaura proj
Description Our mission is about environmental issues (renewable energies). We want to instal a solar plant in Chile. Partners found : private company for the purchase of the equipment, and a syndicate of fishermen who needs an electricity supply coming with renewable energy.
Place Punta de Choros in Chile.
Date Between 14th – 28th of March.
Crowdfunding webpage
Facebook page

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Migration and Sexual Discrimination

Written by Marianella Pacheco


“People around the world face violence and inequality – and sometimes torture, even execution – because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse”.

Human Rights Watch

In the M1 group’s “Development Policies” class, students were required to conduct a field research project on migration, and our group decided to take a different approach by focusing on a much unknown topic: people who migrate because of their sexual orientation. Given that migration is such a current topic, especially in the euro zone, this project allowed us to reach out to some NGOs and asylum seekers in France. We contacted the NGO “Afrique Arc-en-ciel,” which specializes in refugees who flee their countries of origin because of their sexual orientation. France receives hundreds of asylum applications from this special category of refugee every year, and in particular from people fleeing discrimination in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through Afrique Arc-en-ciel we met Ariel, a true fighter for this cause. Read more

A History of Immigration

Written by Lisa Biermann

On Friday, November 20th the M1 students visited the new exhibition dedicated to the theme of “borders” at the French National Museum for Immigration History. The visit was interesting to us not only because borders are a current topic in the media and political debates, but also because the topic is highly linked to a migration project we are currently completing in our “Development Policies” class.

Located near Port Dorée in a building constructed in 1931 for a colonial exhibition, the museum itself has a controversial history. After the decolonisation process in the 1950s and 1960s, the museum changed its name and the collection moved to the Louvre and the Musée du Quai Branly. In 2007 it was decided to reopen the museum, dedicating it this time to the history of immigration. After this decision it took another seven years before the museum could open once again for the public in 2014.


The temporary exhibition we were able to visit presents the concept of borders and the impact they have on the mobility of people around the world. The exhibition is divided into three main parts: borders around the world, borders in Europe and borders in France. As the exhibition was actually decided two and a half years ago, the latest events of this summer’s refugee crisis are not directly represented. Yet the mixture of history, personal belongings of immigrants who came to France, press articles and works of art dealing with the journeys of migrants fits well into the current debate on stricter border controls and their possible impacts on migrants. Read more

Jobs and Internships: M2 Class of 2015

In April 2015, M2 DEIPM classes came to an end. Students were free to enter the workforce and begin preparing their thesis. Depending on their experience coming into the program, some students undertook internships while others were offered full-time positions. Many students incorporated their work assignments into their final thesis, augmenting the research process with real experience. Thesis presentations began this month.

Below is a list of where M2 students were hired:

Agency of French Development/ Transparence and Accountability France
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development / Public Affairs and Communication » « Statistical Edition » France
Miles & More GmbH (Lufthansa) / Financial partnerships Germany
United Nations (UNESCO) Bureau of Strategic Planning France
Minister of Public Health and Population / Monitoring and Evaluation of Integrated Operation Planning Haïti
Ecovadis / Environmental Supply Chain Intern France
Center for Europêan Policy Studies / Development of the databases ECRI & ECMI- Empirical analysis Belgium
Changing Financial Development Service Center China
Wirtschaftsfoerderung Sachsen GmbH- Economic development department of Saxony / Export promotion cooperation Germany
International Chamber of Commerce / Project Management France
NATIXIS / Economic Research France
Hanns Seidel Foundation / Project Assistant for West Africa, Project Manager for Togo Burkina Faso, Togo
French National Center of Scientific Research: Work Employment and Public Politics (TEPP-CNRS/UPM) / Evaluation d’un dispositif public en faveur de l’égalité professionnelle homme/femme, les territoires d’excellence France
Justice,Development & Peace Commission / Strengthening community group on project monitoring & reporting, election monitoring & reporting Nigeria
Bibliothèques sans Frontières (Libraries without Borders) / appui à la coordination du projet d’adaptation de la khana Academy en français France
Action contre la faim (Action against Hunger) / Junior cost controller Philippines
Sofreco / Economics and Public Management trainee France
Aleka Consulting / Finance internationale France
Antoinette Lemens Executive Search / International Consultant & International Development Manager  France
Mission Locale Intercommunale des Bords de Marne/ Chargée animation Réseau Erasmus Plus France
France Volontaires / Coordinator of European Conference for Development 2015: “Quelle participation citoyenne à la construction des politiques de développement” France
BNP Paribas/ Liquidity Analyst France
Gawad Kalinga/ Intern-Volunteer France

International Economics from a European Perspective

Written by Tlangi Ngwenya

On 5 October 2015, the M1 IES students visited Brussels for a conference at the European Parliament. The conference,  presented by the communications liason Mr George Stylianou, aimed to provide us with a general overview of the workings of the Parliament and how laws are  passed within the Union. Some lively discussion ensued on a range of topics, including:
– The question of Turkey’s inclusion in the European Union.
– Refugees and Europe’s capacity to deal with them.
– The past, present and future of PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) in the Union.

M1 students listen as M. Stylianou explains the workings of the Parliament
M1 students listen as M. Stylianou explains the workings of the Parliament

After sampling Brussels’ finest fries, we spent the afternoon at the CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) offices.  There, we learnt about the mechanisms of the think tank in  improving policymaking, and how its funding model allows it to still maintain its independence.

Finally, we got the opportunity to meet with an intern, Robin Sainsot, from the M2 DEIPM (2014/2015) program who shared a day in the life of a CEPS intern as well as the valuable skills he attained in his time there. He advised us to look for internships early, and not to fear the challenge of work we haven’t done before, as his experience at CEPS taught him invaluable skills in building datasets.  His work experience also managed to secure him a second internship at UNESCO which is in line with his future goals.

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