2022-23 Highlights

  • Thirty-three fellows graduated with the MIDP degree.
  • Thirty-four fellows representing 21 countries began the program.
  • Twenty-two students earned the IDP Certificate.
  • Through 13 global partnerships, we helped to sustain over 50% of fellows in the MIDP program.


34 new students, 21 countries represented, 10 average years of work, 35 average age

Thirty-four fellows began the MIDP program, bringing the program's total enrollment to 59 for the 2022-23 academic year.



Through global partnerships, we helped to sustain more than 50% of fellows through 13 partnerships, totaling $831,224.72. Thank you to our fiscal partners!



Webinars Hosted15
Virtual Open Houses Hosted4
Fairs Attended7


Master's Projects

Thirty-three graduating fellows completed and presented their master's project, a culminating hands-on experience requiring the application of the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MIDP program. Projects represented a variety of sectors including applied economics, development management and governance, environmental management and policy, innovation and entrepreneurship, international taxation, law and development, peace and conflict resolution, public financial management, and social policy.


Erdenemyadag Namsir MIDP '23 presents her project, "Impacts of the valuation mining rights on tax revenue in Mongolia."

Projects by Graduation Term

  • Maria Caneque Simon , “Closing the legal Loophole to ensuring accuracy of measurement by electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)” (Advisor: Francis Lethem)
  • Yeimy Paola Molina Rojas, “Improving the efficiency in public investment management in the transportation sector in Colombia” (Advisor: Fernando Fernholz)
  • Youngsin Suh, “Improving South Korea’s Humanitarian Assistance to North Korea” (Advisor: Francis Lethem)
  • Bendi Devi, “The Value Added Tax Reform in Indonesia: A Policy for Equitable Revenue Optimization (Advisor: GP Shukla)
  • Taylor Knoedl, “Climate Change and Migration in the United States: An Anticipatory Approach to Policy Solutions” (Advisor: Sarah Bermeo)
  • Ruben  Manurung, “Tax Simplification of Payroll in Indonesia” (Advisor: GP Shukla)
  • Foluke Ojelabi, “Revenue Mobilization for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria: A case for blended financing” (Advisor: Ogbuoji, Osondu)
  • Bethany Old, “Chronic Malnutrition in SAVA, Madagascar, and Women as Agents of Change” (Advisor: Manoj Mohanan)
  • Diana Padilla, “End-Stage Kidney Disease as a Public Health Issue in Peru; Improving access to high-quality dialysis” (Advisor: Matt Nash)
  • Namgay Rinchen, “Factors Influencing the Provision of Affordable Housing for Low and Middle Wage Civil Servants in Thimphu” (Advisor: Roy Kelly)
  • Assiya Abzalkyzy, “Improving the Supply of Affordable Housing for Families with Many Children and Low Income in Kazakhstan” (Advisor: Charles Becker)
  • Yared Asfaw, “Re-imaging Diplomacy in the Context of the Blue Nile River and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Changing Concern of Conflict to Cooperation” (Advisor: Marc Jeuland)
  • Abdedaim Battioui, “Toward Adjust Energy Transition Policy: Energy Security vs. Export (Case of Morocco)” (Advisor: Marc Jeuland)
  • Sakina Dhorajiwala, “Exclusions in Welfare Program in India” (Advisor: Edmund Malesky)
  • Jibikeoluwa Faborode, “Scaling Agricultural Productive Use of Energy to Deliver Benefits for Women and Youths in Rural and Peri-Urban Nigerian Communites” (Advisor: Robyn Meeks)
  • Nasr Ibrahim, “Unemployment Among University Graduates in Egypt: Skills Mismatch” (Advisor: Corinne Krupp)
  • DongGyu Kim, “Transparent and Participatory Public-Private Partnerships in South Korea” (Advisor: GP Shukla)
  • Yejin Kwon, “A plan to Strengthen to Korean Government's Conflict Management Capacity Considering Cultural Specificity” (Advisor: Francis Lethem)
  • Gwangmin Lee, “System Design Strategy for the Future Mobility Industry in Korea” (Advisor: Hans-Martin Boehmer)
  • Gonzalo Meneses Gonzales, “Addressing Mental Health Inequalities in the Peruvian LGBTQ+Population” (Advisor: Jay Pearson)
  • Erdenemyadag Namsir, “Impacts of the valuation mining rights on tax revenue in Mongolia” (Advisor: GP Shukla)
  • Yosia Theo Napitupulu, “Tobacco Tax in Indonesia: An Approach for Equitable, Efficient and Sustainable Policy and Implementation” (Advisor: GP Shukla)
  • Kyaw Thu Ra, "Enhancing Skills Development and Employment Opportunities for Young Rohingya Refugeesin Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh" (Advisor: Maureen Lempke)
  • Jorge Leonardo Rueda Gil, "Addressing Food Insecruity in the Rural Areas of Colombia" (Advisor: Hans-Martin Boehmer)
  • Phyo Ei Thwe, "Assessing Bureaucratic Efficiency in Myanmar's Tanintharyi Region (2010-2021)" (Advisor: Edmund Malesky)

Summer 2023 Internships

Fellows interned with a variety of organizations around the world including the International Organization for Migration, U.S. Institute of Peace, World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, Partners Global, Heifer International, Oxfam, and the Organization for European Development and Cooperation.

Placement by Organization Type


"I have been able to contribute to the purpose of promoting sustainable peace and social justice by using my abilities, understanding conflict dynamics, and most importantly: embracing new narratives," says Jorge Delgado Golusda MIDP '24 about his experience with PartnersGlobal and the Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva.

Read about Golusda's experience

International Development Policy Certificate

Twenty-two students from other degree programs earned the concurrent graduate International Development Policy (IDP) Certificate in Spring 2023. They join the more than 400 alumni who completed the certificate program as a master's or PhD student.

Students By Primary School/Program


Alumni Network


Our alumni network has grown to 967 alumni residing in 109 countries. Check out the latest updates we've received from alumni and learn how to stay involved with us.

Alumni Engagement

Where's the Class of 2022?

  • Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic to the USA
  • CDA Collaborative
  • Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Toursim, Government of Spain
  • Directorate General of Taxes, Ministry of Finance,
  • World Bank
  • Government of Mongolia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • The Global Good Fund
  • Library of Congress, US Government
  • Government of Indonesia, Ministry of Finance
  • Pulte Institute for Global Development, University of Notre Dame
  • Government of Colombia
  • The Central Bank of Mongolia
  • Nuru International
  • Technological Institute of Production
  • Producer's Direct
  • Government of Bhutan, People's Welfare Office
  • Evidence Action
  • North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP), Embassy of Spain
  • Government of Korea
  • US Embassy in Kazakhstan
  • World Bank

Sanford's Paul D. Coverdell Fellows

The Sanford School of Public Policy, with support from DCID, welcomed 12 Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows - three MIDP fellows and eight Master of Public Policy students. The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows program is a graduate fellowship program offering financial assistance for graduate education to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The cohort of Fellows served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, Ghana, Paraguay, Ukraine, Uganda, Morocco, Kenya, Guyana, China and Madagascar.

As part of the program, Coverdell Fellows work with underserved communities in and around Durham, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Peace Corps Volunteers. They completed community service internships with the following local organizations:

  • Advanced Access and Delivery
  • Assistant to the Mayor of Durham (East Durham Children's Unit) and Church World Service
  • Community Empowerment Fund
  • Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Education
  • Duke Lemur Center, Conservation and Outreach
  • Eno River Association
  • Housing for New Hope
  • Lincoln Community Health Center
  • NC Center on Actual Innocence
  • NC Center on Actual Innocence and NCCEH (Coalition to End Homelessness)
  • Refugee Community Partnerships
  • Self-Help Credit Union
  • StudentU, High School Restorative Practices