On November 11th, DCID welcomed the inaugural class of Humphrey Fellows in Development Economics, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and operated by DCID and the Institute of International Education (IIE). The program participants were twelve senior professionals from eight countries around the world. The two-week program included one week of on-campus instruction on development economics concepts by DCID faculty led by Cory Krupp and Fernando Fernholz, and one week of professional shadowing placements in organizations and agencies relevant to the participants’ interests.

Thanks to the hard work of DCID staff, as well as the strong connections within the Sanford alumni community, the Humphrey Fellows found placements in a rural organization in Appalachia, a local finance organization in New York City, international trade offices in California, Yellowstone National Park, the USDA in Washington, DC and more. The feedback we’ve received so far about their placements has been excellent- participants said their placements were relevant and that hosts took time to make them feel welcomed (thank you to our hosts and to our Sanford and Peace Corps alumni community!).

While they were at Duke, we got to know many of them and their unique stories. Despite coming from very different fields of practice, they shared a curiosity about how development economics concepts might apply to their missions. The program overlapped with the U.S. State Department’s “International Education Week,” which celebrates the value of exactly this sort of exchange, so we used the opportunity to share some stories on social media. Here are just four snapshots:

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