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Lethem Fellowship enables fellows to intern with experienced alumni

The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) has awarded the 2017 Lethem Summer Fellowship to Parviz Ahmadov MIDP’18. The fellowship funds summer internships with alumni of the Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program and their organizations. It is made possible by a donation from Francis Lethem, former DCID director and professor emeritus at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

“The idea is to generate closer linkages between our fellows and alumni, who are doing incredible work in the field,” Lethem said. “The fellows gain both connections and valuable experience in their area of interest.”

Ahmadov is spending his summer with the Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG), an international development consulting company based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that specializes in policy advising, capacity development, monitoring and evaluation, and corporate management consulting. Aleksi Aleksishvili MIDP’04, PMCG chairman and CEO, previously served as Georgia’s Minister of Finance and Minister of Economic Development.

“We think that our collaboration will contribute to enhancing Ahmadov’s educational experience, through practical and guided hands-on exposure and involvement in PMCG’s development projects,” Aleksishvili said.

Ahmadov will be working on the Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) project, which helps local authorities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus become active facilitators for economic growth and job creation. Ahmadov, who is originally from Azerbaijan, will be working with authorities in the cities of Baku, Ganja and Sumgait.

“I always try to make positive changes, such as establishing peace and stability, lifting people out of poverty, and empowering people to create sustainable social, political, and economic changes in the world,” Ahmadov said. “It is a great privilege for me to get this award, which will enable me to put theories into practice during my summer internship and make me a better development practitioner.”

Before enrolling in MIDP, Ahmadov worked for the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Office in Baku and previously worked as a support operations specialist for the 2015 European Games Operation Committee. He has experience in NGO management and has implemented a number of social and educational projects. His internship will conclude Aug. 18.