IDA serves as a forum and network for student, faculty and other organizations at USC who recognize the importance of emerging economies and their underlying development challenges, and serves as a catalyst for their investigation.

IDA is the umbrella association for the all the student organizations at USC whose mission is to explore & create opportunities for development in emerging economies.

IDA seeks to achieve its mission through four primary activities, which represent the four pillars of the IDA’s value proposition to members. Those activities are:

* Offer Education about international development for the community
* Foster a Network of students, alumni and professionals with common interests
* Provide Career Services for members seeking employment in the field
* Facilitate Experience in the field for interested members through Alternative Break Trips