Introducing the Winter 2014 edition of Latitudes, an undergraduate research journal

Special thanks to Charlotte Thomas, our editor-in-chief, and the entire editorial team for putting together an incredible Winter 2014 edition of Latitudes!


Latitudes is an undergraduate journal published by the International Development Studies Students’ Society at McGill University.

Editor-in-Chief: Charlotte Thomas
Layout and Design Editor: Ana Pranjic
Editorial Board: Caroline Alexander, Margo Budline, Isabel Campbell-Gross, Carmina Ravanera, and Julie Tremblay-Bachorz

Table of Contents

  • “Has the commercialization of quinoa production undermined the crop’s effectiveness as a mechanism for poverty alleviation in the Bolivian altiplano?”- Alessandra Hechanova
  • “Microcredit and changing gender structures: an analysis of the Grameen Bank Project in Bangladesh” – Nirosha Sarugaser
  • “Breaking the silence: indigenous women’s empowerment in rural andean communities”- Emilie MacIsaac
  • “From informal to formal politics: indigenous movements in Bolivia and Mexico” – Gaelle Perrin
  • “Bhutanese Nation Building: Invisible Minorities” – Christopher Villegas-Cho
  • “Localized forms of the global: implications of world heritage on the San in Botswana” – Kirsten Marsh
  • “The potential of afterschool programs for development: research and insights with a focus on Santiago, Chile” – Julie Tramblay- Bachorz
  • “Recommendations on UN Security Council Reform from the Republic of Rwanda”- Beverlyne Kemunto Nyamemba
  • “Two states, one religion, two ways: Reflections from Saudi Arabia and Qatar” – Lauren Duvall
  • “The Patronage-Stability Tipping-Point: Political Patronage and the Arab Spring” – Stephen Reimer

Latitudes was generously funded by the International Development Studies Students` Association and the Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University.

Trivia Take TWO!

It’s bigger. It’s better.

The International Development Studies Students’ Association is hosting its second edition of TRIVIA TAKEDOWN on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:30 in the Arts Lounge!

Gender and Development? You got this. Escobar? Pshh… you know so much about him you guys are practically in a relationship. Get a team ready and pre-register here to show everyone you know what’s up:

You thought last semester’s prizes were great? We have new rewards this time around that will knock your holiday socks right off and launch you straight into another exciting semester with the IDSSA!

Two FREE beverages per person for pre-registered teams, must be 18+
$15 subway gift cards to first place winners
$10 second cup gift cards to second place winners
$10 tim horton’s gift cards to third place winners

As always: Snacks will be served!




For what you may ask?

The International Development Studies Students’ Association (IDSSA) and The Caribbean, Latin American Studies and Hispanic Studies Association (CLASHA) are hosting a Trivia Night next Tuesday at the Arts Lounge!

So come out and meet some of your fellow students and impress your special someone with your expansive knowledge of the Structural Adjustment Programs. Damnnn. 

Sign up in teams of four to win some amazing prizes after six rounds of mind tingling trivia! You can pre-register here: Or just drop by the arts lounge and make a new team with some friendly strangers!


>>> FIRST: $40 worth of gift certificates to Second Cup!!!
We’re getting $10 gift certificates for each team member! 

>> SECOND: $20 worth of gift certificates to Tim Hortons!!! ($5 gift certificate for each team member!)

> THIRD: 12 BDA tickets for beer and/or grilled cheese!!! (Split between the 4 people in your team!) 

There will also be free snacks for everyone participating! Rumor has it that cookies will also be baked. 

See you guys there! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us! 

Attend our facebook event here

Win Coffee With an IDS Prof: This Week!

Your professors’ office hours are crowded and coffee is tasty.

Stop by the IDSSA Office this week at Leacock 31 and enter a raffle for chance to win a one-on-one coffee meeting/sit-down/chat with one of the following professors:

- Professor Manuel Balán (Poli Sci)
– Professor Rex Brynen (Poli Sci)
– Professor Kathleen Fallon (Sociology)
– Professor Philip Oxhorn (Poli Sci)

Tickets are
$2- 1 ticket
$5- 3 tickets

Students from all departments welcome to enter in the raffle!
Proceeds go to Daraja McGill!
Winner will be announced next Thursday March 28th at 2:00pm during our office hours!

Our office hours are
Monday 11am-1pm
Tuesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Wednesday 2-4pm
Thursday 1pm-2:30pm
Friday 10:30am-1:00pm

May the odds be ever in your favour

Ménage à Trois: A Classy Mixer

IDSSA, PSSA, and ESA Present
Ménage à Trois- A Classy Mixer
Why settle for the best of both worlds when you can have all three?
Casual-Formal Attire. February 28, 10pm.
Tickets are $10 for IDS, Political Science, and Economics students and $15 for other students.
2 drinks and appetizers included with the purchase of a ticket!
Tickets will be on sale in the Leacock lobby TOMORROW and we will also be selling tickets during our office hours:
Monday 11am-1pm
Tuesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Wednesday 2-4pm
Thursday 1pm-2:30pm
Friday 10:30am-1:00pm



Get your IDS sweaters from the IDSSA! Sales conclude on Friday, February 8th. They will be conducted during our office hours:

Monday 11am-1pm
Tuesday 2:30pm-4:30pm
Wednesday 2pm to 4pm
Thursday 1pm-2:30pm
Friday 10:30am-1:00pm

You can also study in our office during these times!

Please check our facebook group for more updates. Our office is in the Leacock basement, (Leacock room 31) just across the AUS lounge.
These are red or grey hoodies and cost $35.00. A confirmation receipt will be emailed to each person after the transaction has been made.