Having spent six years in public office, 2005 MIDP alumnus Steve Solon understands that you can’t go it alone when it comes to international development. In May, Solon was elected governor of the Philippines’ southern province of Sarangani. In his previous role as vice governor, he was responsible for building relationships between the government, private businesses and nonprofits to find long-term solutions to issues such as medical access and the preservation of natural resources.
Nath, 2009 graduate of the MIDP program, was selected as first CEO of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in July 2011. The Legislative Assembly of Delhi created the board in July 2010 to provide basic services and housing options for slum dwellers in India's capital city.
Aleksishvili, 2004 graduate of the MIDP program, is using the skills he learned at Duke University and as Georgia's Minister of Finance to help developing countries streamline processes and improve financial management. As CEO and Chairman of Policy and Management Consulting Group, he works with countries such as Mongolia, Mozambique and Afghanistan to create an environment that is favorable for business development.
Abong, 2002 graduate of the Program on Fiscal Decentralization and Local Government Financial Management at DCID, was appointed Secretary and CEO of the Uganda Law Reform Commission last June.
2014 MIDP Fellow Muyatwa Sitali discusses his research on improving the effectiveness of the water and sanitation sector, especially in low-income African countries such as Liberia and Niger.
Months before people from all over the world descend on Washington, D.C., for the annual Cherry Blossom festival, a different group of worldly individuals travel to the nation’s capital from Duke University. Every January, first and second-year fellows in the MIDP program go to Washington to attend presentations and learn from a variety of nonprofit, government and financial agencies. This trip offers them the chance to meet with MIDP graduates, network and learn about potential internships.
As Financial Sector Specialist with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) within the World Bank, Mazer (MIDP 2009) studies human behavior to help governments develop financial products and policies that are relevant for low-income populations.
Cuevas-Zuniga, 2014 MIDP graduate, discusses her research on Mexico's Full-Time Schools Program and its impact on children's academic performance.