Although this annual report covers our year from August 2019 to July 2020, before Eddy came on as director, we wanted to write it together.
So much has happened in the past year that has shaped our future.
In August 2019, our flagship Master of International Development Program welcomed 38 fellows from 21 different countries. As with previous cohorts, the diversity of their interests- from poverty to peace, from land development to youth development- reflects the unique value of the MIDP program. Here, our fellows continue to “choose their own adventures” and design course plans that allow them to turn those passions into policy. While the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the spring semester and dramatically reshaped our plans for the fall, our global community persevered. Don’t take our word for it, watch the moving graduation toast from Manal El Tayar below.
Before the pandemic, the MIDP program was commended by the Masters Review Committee at Duke for the flexibility of the curriculum that “enables students to obtain the precise training they individually need to make a difference after graduation,” and the unique value of the program’s location inside DCID, facilitating a “connection to practice [that] ultimately results in students gaining practical insights.”
Now as we look to the future, we’ll build on those core strengths to enhance our research portfolio through projects that provide evidence-based solutions for policy-makers looking to rebuild economies, governance structures, and public services that have been devastated by the pandemic. We will do that both through our in-house expertise, but also by leveraging the enormous development talent on Duke’s campus. These cutting-edge findings will be brought directly into the MIDP classroom under the guidance of foreign aid and migration expert Sarah Bermeo, our new Director of Graduate Studies. Sarah picks up from the reins from aid and governance expert Phyllis Pomerantz, who guided the program last year and continues to champion our fellows (see her important plea for international student support published in the Hill below).
Our executive education programs are also entering a new era. Despite postponing many of our programs due to COVID-19, we still managed an impressive global footprint for our programs: 466 people from 40 countries participated in our open enrollment and custom programs this year! Custom programs included our second successful run of the Leaders for Democracy Fellowship program, an intensive four-week session at Duke for young civic leaders from the MENA region that we operate in partnership with World Learning. But perhaps the highlight from the Executive Education team this year was winning the contract from the U.S. Department of State to design and implement the inaugural Humphrey Fellowship in Development Economics program. The program included a week of intensive “development economics 101” training here at Duke, followed by professional shadowing placements all over the U.S. that were arranged by our staff and faculty (and made possible by our strong alumni and partner network!).
As with development policy and practice on the ground, unexpected circumstances can lead to innovation. We are impressed by the flexible pivot of our faculty and staff that enabled us to maintain high quality instruction remotely, and we are excited by the innovations in online learning that the DCID executive education team is exploring for the coming year.
Cory’s leadership as interim director for the past 18 months has kept DCID both stable and well-positioned to enter its next iteration under Eddy’s vision. The solutions to tomorrow’s complex, transnational development dilemmas demand interdisciplinary teams that can combine expertise in economics, political science, engineering, public health, and the environment. We see DCID as the cornerstone for unifying research and teaching on international development on campus, placing Duke University at the forefront of efforts to rise to these new challenges. Our dedicated staff and faculty know how to do this. They bring years of expertise in answering these problems and classroom experience in translating cutting-edge research findings into actionable policy goals. In broadening our teaching and research mission, we also seek to tap more deeply into the reservoirs of knowledge and talent of our thousands of alumni around the globe, who are on the frontlines in dealing with these new challenges.
Thank you for being part of our community and joining us in this endeavor,
Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Sanford School of Public Policy
Director, Duke Center for International Development
Master of International Development Policy (MIDP)
In Fall 2019, we welcomed
In May 2020, we celebrated
Manal shares her toast at the MIDP program celebration (6:13)
No Alternative to Peace: Peter Adeyeye (Rotary Peace Fellow, Nigeria)
My earliest encounter with the ravaging effect of conflict occurred when I was 6; my dad was subscribed to a Magazine called ‘Tear Times’ an initiative of a humanitarian group called Tear Fund. The magazine chronicles disasters happening around the world and the organization’s emergency responses to these disasters. I remember seeing gory pictures of child soldiers of the Liberian civil war; with red eyes, lean body (almost like skeleton), swollen belly and guns around their neck. We were age mates and yet our realities were totally different.
Two years later, an intra-community conflict happened between my community and a neighboring one known as the Ife-Modakake crisis. For the first time in my life, I experienced the damaging effect of war and the delicate line between peace and conflict; from the constant gun shots that terrified us at night to seeing people unleash mayhem on one another, the Ife-Modakeke is perhaps one of the biggest intra-communal crisis in contemporary Nigeria. And for months and a few years after the war, we all saw how the once energetic border areas became bleak and empty; we realized there is no alternative to peace.
As a young adult, I began to reflect about the war and the many youth that died protecting their community, the social and economic cost and the shallowness of the whole conflict. I always ask myself, was it really worth it? The imperative of pursuing global peace and a strong passion to change the narrative of development in Africa and particularly in Nigeria has been the core of my career goal.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be selected as a Rotary Peace Fellow at its Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center alongside 9 excellent mid-level development professionals around the world. The fellowship is not only building my expertise in leadership and peace-building but giving me an opportunity to earn a Masters in International Development Policy at Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. I hope to use my taught training and skillset for positive disruption in international development.
From Exchange Student to Social Entrepreneur: Interview with 2020 MIDP graduate Lucy Stepanyan (Yesil Fellow, Armenia)
USAID veteran Andy Sisson joins MIDP faculty
MIDP Alumna Interview: Laurel Pegorsch (Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow, USA) on Climate Change and Hope
2020 grad Youngwoo Kim (KOICA, South Korea), on his experience at the COP24 in Poland
OTHER MIDP HIGHLIGHTS
EXECUTIVE EDUCATION STORIES
Watch the video of reactions to the RefugiARTE Exhibit we co-hosted in Rubenstein Hall this fall (0:59)
When Duke’s campus closed this spring, the DCID team pivoted to online events, starting with a discussion on COVID-19 & Inequality with Abby Maxman, president of Oxfam America (a DCID partner). The success of that event led to a series. Read the Duke Today article about how this innovation helped us engage broader audiences.
Faculty and Alumni Blogs in the Brookings Institution’s “Future Development” and “Order from Chaos”
Bonus: Oxfam America president Abby Maxman analyzes a recent World Bank report on conflict and fragility in the Future Development blog. DCID and Oxfam America have maintained a partnership for sharing research and engagement opportunities.
“The World Bank steps up on fragility and conflict: Is it asking the right questions?”
Subhrendu Pattanayak: “Improved sanitation increases long-term cognitive test scores,” World Development
Eddy Malesky helped launch the 10th annual report of the Viet Nam Provincial Government and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI). PAPI measures Vietnamese citizens’ perception of provincial governments across Viet Nam and is a key governance program meant to improve government effectiveness. Malesky designed the methodology behind the survey and has been involved since the work began in 2009. He appears in the launch video at the :57 minute mark. (Bonus: the Q&A at the end features UNDP researcher Huyen Do, who received an MIDP certificate this year at Duke!)
Wei Zhuang (MIDP ’20)
Wei Zhuang published article in Tax Notes International on BEPS (base erosion and profit shifting) in China and the impact on tax administration and compliance.
Hilal Teczan (MIDP ’17)
Hilal Teczan published an article in the Journal of Business and Economy Policy analyzing the the 2008 economic recession that began in the U.S. and spread throughout the world through interconnected financial relationships.
In Health Policy and Planning, Manoj Mohanan explores the dual problem of underuse and overuse of malaria medications, which deplete scarce public resources used for subsidies and lead to drug resistance.
Alex Pfaff reviews the impacts of the Green Municipality Program in the Brazilian Amazon for World Development.
Gavin Yamey and coathors commented on the challenge of ensuring global access to COVID-19 vaccines in The Lancet.
In a paper published by the Wilson Center, LDF program alumna Sanaa Belabbes explains the challenges facing healthcare infrastructure in Morocco.
Estuardo Pineda (MIDP ’17)
DCID Associate in Research Estuardo Pineda and his Innovation team at UNICEF Guatemala launched a youth-focused COVID-19 chatbot.
Rachel Schmidtke (MIDP ’17)
In a report for Refugees International, Rachel Schmidtke unpacks the failure of protection under the U.S.-Guatemala Asylum Cooperative Agreement.
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