July 30 – August 18, 2023

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Decentralization reform strategies are being implemented worldwide to improve service delivery, economic governance and citizen participation. This comprehensive three-week program is designed to better enable professionals to develop and implement decentralization policy reforms to improve local public financial management and stimulate efficient and accountable economic and social development.

About the Program

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US/European Application Deadline: July 10, 2023

Deadline for All Other Applicants: June 17, 2023

Tuition Due: July 14, 2023

Non-US Participants Arrive on Campus:  July 29, 2023

Orientation: July 30, 2023

Program: July 31 – August 18, 2023


All classes will be held at the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy on Duke’s beautiful west campus, located in the vibrant city of Durham, North Carolina. 


Email the ExEd Team at dcidexed@duke.edu


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About the Faculty

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Dr. Roy Kelly is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University and the Director of the Program on Fiscal Decentralization and Local Government Financial Management. Previously, he spent 19 years with Harvard University at the Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), and the Harvard International Tax Program teaching local government finance, tax analysis and project evaluation. Kelly has over 25 years of experience in teaching, designing and implementing reforms on fiscal decentralization, local government finance, revenue mobilization and property taxation in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. He served as a resident adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (Tanzania) from 2007-2009, Ministry of Economy and Finance (Cambodia) from 2005-2007, Ministry of Local Government (Kenya) from 1998-2005, and the Ministry of Finance (Indonesia) from 1982-1988. He has worked on a short term basis in Albania, Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Ghana, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.

Dr. Kelly is joined by other experienced practitioners from international organizations representing various disciplines, perspectives and country experience.

“The long-held notions and beliefs on fiscal decentralization have been challenged and given new perspectives, not just from the experts, but more importantly, from the [other] participants.”

Nino Alvina, PFD Participant

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COVID-19 Information

At this time, DCID’s Executive Education plans to hold our summer 2021 programs on Duke University’s campus in Durham, NC. Our team is constantly monitoring the dynamic situation and will provide updates in accordance with the latest information and guidance from Duke University officials and local authorities. Please monitor this webpage for these important updates. You may also review our FAQs, or send our team an email with any questions. 

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