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2018-2019

Subhrendu Pattanayak co-edited the fourth volume of the Handbook of Environmental Economics.

Drilona Emrullahu (MIDP ’18) contributed to “Human Development Indices and Indicators-Statistical Update 2018” published by the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Waewnet Sukkasem (MIDP ’14) co-authored a paper on Public Expenditure Review (PER) of Lesotho for the World Bank. Sukkasem contributed to chapters on taxation and public investment management.

A research initiative led by several DCID faculty affiliates and the Duke Center for Policy Impact in Global Health was awarded seed funding. The study, “Transitioning from donor assistance for health: in-country perspectives, experiences, and preferences in Ghana and Sri Lanka” will be the first of its kind to examine the concerns, challenges, and opportunities facing low- and middle-income countries themselves as they relate to the withdrawal of foreign assistance for health. The study will be led by Osondu Ogbuoji and Gavin Yamey of DGHI, Sarah Bermeo of Sanford/DCID, and Erik Wibbels of Duke’s Department of Political Science, who is also a faculty affiliate of DCID.

Fernando Fernholz continued work on the Saving Lives at Birth program, a DCID collaboration with the Duke Global Health Institute and the Duke Global Health Innovation Center. The program is funded through a partnership between USAID, Norad, DFID, Gates Foundation, and other prominent donors.

In November, DCID Associate in Research Tom Nicholson visited Vladmir, Russia to help design and support a coalition against Hepatitis C.

DCID Senior Fellow Jamie Boex traveled to Nepal in October as part of a team of World Bank urban specialists. Nepal’s new federal constitution (2015) transferred the power to prioritize and implement major urban investment projects (such as urban roads, urban water and sanitation projects, and so on) from the national Ministry of Urban Development to the newly elected urban local governments themselves. As such, Dr. Boex is supporting the Ministry of Urban Development in designing and implementing an urban development grant scheme.

DCID Associate in Research Estuardo Pineda (MIDP '17)  officially launched his project, Conectate Guate, at a consortium with the government of Guatemala. The project, an initiative co-sponsored by DCID, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Foundation, Fundegua, and Wuqu´ Kawoq, maps malnutrition interventions across the country.

Natalia Mirovitskaya and Bob Healy wrote a new working paper, "New Subnational Actors in the Global Arctic," and presented the results of their research at the Policy Sciences annual meeting at the World Bank Headquarters in October 2018.

Roy Kelly taught in and facilitated a 1-week USAID training course on domestic revenue mobilization held at the USAID Washington DC Learning Center alongside colleagues from USAID, US Treasury, and the IMF. His participation was funded through DCID’s subcontract with Nathan Associates under the USAID Leadership in Public Financial Management II (LPFM-II) project.

Tom Nicholson and his NGO Advance Access and Delivery joined an interdisciplinary team of researchers and global health practitioners from North Carolina and Iraq to launch a project  to improve health services delivery to displaced Yazidi families in Iraq.

Subhrendu Pattanayak coauthored a paper with Duke alum Erin Litzow that examined the costs and benefits of rural electrification on health and environment. “Returns to Rural Electrification: Evidence from Bhutan” was published in World Development (Vol. 121).

Sanford professor and former DCID director Indermit Gill, along with DCID Associates in Research Siddharth Dixit (MIDP '17), Kenan Karakulah (MIDP '17), and Chinmoy Kumar (MIDP '19) co-wrote a series of working papers summarizing and analyzing research conducted while they were working at DCID. The papers were amongst the first of a new Global Working Paper Series launched by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) in 2019.

Roy Kelly, with assistance from Dean and Elena Storelli, edited a book entitled Enhancing Municipal Finance in Nepal, published by the Town Development Fund

Alex Pfaff was one of 145 expert authors of the 2019 IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the most comprehensive ever completed. The report assesses changes over the past five decades, providing a comprehensive picture of the relationship between economic development pathways and their impacts on nature. The report finds that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.

Edmund Malesky coauthored a study that examines how consultation with businesses in developing countries can actually improve compliance with regulations (and ultimately worker safety). The study, written with Rutgers business professor Markus Taussig, was published in American Political Science Review in May.

Subhrendu Pattanayak and Marc Jeuland coauthored research on "Experimental Evidence on Promotion of Electric and Improved Biomass Cookstoves," which was published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in May 2019. The authors explored how to increase demand for electric cookstoves, which are better for human and environmental health than traditional stoves.

Ravtosh Bal and colleagues published research on computer science in Africa. The study deploys “qualitative methods to follow active computer science researchers, graduate students, policy makers, administrators and entrepreneurs, in order to understand how computer science is enacted in Kampala and Nairobi.

Subhrendu Pattanayak co-authored research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). “Seeking natural capital projects: Forest fires, haze, and early-life exposure in Indonesia” examines tropical forest burning and the effects of the resulting air pollution on health and income outcomes for children exposed to the pollution in the womb.

Erika Weinthal co-authored a report in International Affairs in March. The study examines Israel’s targeting of civilian agricultural, water and energy infrastructures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Targeting of infrastructure in conflict zones is often overlooked, but Weinthal says this tactic causes profound long-term damage, not only to the daily lives of those targeted, but also for the prospect of peace and security in the region.

Graham Glenday and Ipchita Bharali (MIDP '16) along with Ziyuan Wang published "Enhancing Domestic Revenues: Constraints and Opportunities," a study supported by the Gates Foundation that analyzed the role of DRM for health in India and Ethiopia.

At the end of April, Roy Kelly visited Bangladesh to give lectures and meet with government officials to discuss governance and public finance. His visit was organized and sponsored by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Capacity for Cities (C4C) project. 

 

2017-2018

Gavin Yamey and Indermit Gill co-authored an article in The Lancet that offers suggestions for providing needed financing for efforts to prevent global pandemics: “Financing of international collective action for epidemic and pandemic preparedness.” The Lancet Global Health, Volume 5, Number 8. 

MIDP alumni Siddharth Dixit, Kenan Karakulah and Garri Kasparov contributed to the 2017 Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) report, released by the World Bank in September. 

G.P. Shukla co-authored a World Bank report titled, "Strengthening Domestic Resource Mobilization: Moving from Theory to Practice in Low- and Middle-Income Countries." The report outlines how the Bank can play a lead role in helping countries reform their tax policy and administration to obtain the resources necessary for sustainable development. 

Francis Lethem and Hyunsoo Kim wrote about the potential unintended consequences of philanthropy. Kim's research focuses on the negative impacts of solar panel supply in Haiti, TOMS shoes, and drug donations to developing countries, while Lethem draws parallels between Kim's findings and DCID's experience in international development. “The Ethical Issue of Contemporary Philanthropy: Unintended Negative Consequences of Philanthropy.” Management Review, Volume 12, Number 1.

Silvia Fontana (MIDP '14) was published in Springer's Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Her contribution aims to explain the complexity of theories and practices on sustainable human development, with a focus on the SDG16 ("peace, justice, and strong institutions").

Subhrendu Pattanayak and Andy Haines (LSHTM) argue that when it comes to planetary health, even innovative proposals may be set up to fail because insufficient attention has been given to implementation on the ground in “Implementation of policies to protect planetary health.” The Lancet Planetary Health, Volume 1, Number 7. 

Roy Kelly co-authored a chapter in The Sri Lankan Economy: Charting a New Course (2017). Kelly's chapter, entitled “Financing Sustainable Urbanization in Sri Lanka” was co-authored by Asoka S. Gunawardena, Chairman of the Sri Lankan think tank the Marga Institute. 

Sarah Bermeo explores the shifting motivations of donor countries and determinants of aid allocation in "Aid Allocation and Targeted Development in an Increasingly Connected World.” International Organization, Fall 2017.

Natalia Mirovitskaya and Robert Healy (Professor Emeritus at the Nicholas School of Environment and one of the co-founders of what is now DCID) launched a new research project called “Development for the New Arctic: Visions, Strategies, Challenges at the Subnational and Local Level.”

Sarah Bermeo published a book, Targeted Development, exploring the shifts in development strategies of wealthy countries through the lens of foreign aid, trade agreements, and climate finance.

Gavin Yamey, who leads the DCID/DGHI collaborative Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, co-authored a chapter in the 3rd edition of Disease Control Priorities. His chapter appears in the culminating Volume Nine of the series and focuses on intersectoral policy priorities for health. 
 
Anil Kumar (MIDP '15) published an article inspired by his studies under Dr. Natalia Mirovitskaya: "Achieving Gender Equality in Haryana: Sensitising Men to Enable Women." International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies Volume 2, Number 3. 

Muyatwa Sitali (MIDP '14) co-authored a World Bank working paper on water supply in the transition from emergency to development. The paper explores this question: "donors supporting countries affected by fragility conflict and violence face a difficult trade-off. Should they deliver urgently needed water supply infrastructure through non-state actors or build the country institutions that deliver water supply?"

Ravtosh Bal published an article in Minerva. "The Rise of Computing Research in East Africa: The Relationship Between Funding, Capacity and Research Community in a Nascent Field" looks at research communities of computer scientists in Kenya and Uganda in the context of neoliberal privatization, commercialization, and transnational capital flows from donors and corporations.

Peter Barnes  co-authored a chapter in the United Nations handbook Selected Issues in Protecting the Tax Base of Developing Countries. His chapter, “Limiting Interest Deductions,” summarizes the issues that developing countries face when addressing the deductibility of interest payments determining whether a taxpayer has excessive debt.

Robyn Meeks, along with colleagues from Amherst College and University of Michigan, published a paper in Environmental and Resource Economics. "Waste Not: Can Household Biogas Deliver Sustainable Development?" examines whether biogas, a fuel produced by converting human and animal waste into combustible gas, promoted sustainable development by reducing biomass fuel collection, shifting household time budgets or reducing loss of forest cover. 

Gavin Yamey and Amie Batson (PATH), Peter Kilmarx (Fogarty), and Marcel Yotebieng (Ohio State) published an editorial in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal): "Funding Innovation in Neglected Diseases" captures some of the most promising innovative ideas on mobilizing funds for global health research and development. 

 

2016

Dr. Roy Kelly

  • "Stocktaking of Fiscal Decentralization Policy in Nepal," Journal of Fiscal Federalism

Dr. Francis Lethem

Dr. G.P. Shukla

  • "Corporate Income Tax and Personal Income Tax as applied to Businesses in Kazakhstan," analysis prepared for the Government of Kazakhstan and the World Bank
  • "A Critique of the Proposed Armenia Tax Code 2015: Transparency, Equity, and Potential for Revenue Generation," analysis prepared for the Government of Armenia and the World Bank

 

2015

Dr. Graham Glenday

  • "Strengthening Project Selection for Capital Budgeting,” Korean Development Institute
  • "Strengthening Public Investment Management: Strengthening the Roles of the Public Sector Investment Program, Development Committee and Project Implementation,” Ministry of Finance, Trade and Industry, Government of Seychelles (co-author)

Anthony Elson

  • "What Have We Learned from the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09 and its Aftermath?" World Economics

Dr. Natalia Mirovitskaya and Dr. William Ascher

 

2014

Dr. Fernando Fernholz

Dr. Graham Glenday

Dr. Graham Glenday and Dr. G.P. Shukla

  • "Public Investment Management (PIM): Processes, Issues and Indicators," World Bank
  • "Proposals to strengthen the PIM component of the PEFA framework and indicators: Preliminary discussion draft," World Bank

Dr. Roy Kelly

  • “Implementing Sustainable Property Tax Reform in Developing Countries”, Chapter 10 in Taxation and Development: The Weakest Link?
  • "Intergovernmental Fiscal Architecture (IFA): Recommendations to Facilitate Implementation of the Revised National Decentralization Policy,” Ministry of Local Government and Housing and Ministry of Finance, Zambia
  • Final Report: Local Government Finance and Governance Reform, submitted to Government of Indonesia

Dr. Roy Kelly and Rubino Sugana

  • "Final Report: Local Government Finance and Governance Reform," Government of Indonesia Ministry of Finance and Asian Development Bank (co-authors)

Dr. Natalia Mirovitskaya and Dr. William Ascher

Dr. Phyllis Pomerantz

  • "Book review of Betrayed: Politics, Power and Prosperty by Seth Kaplan," Governance.
  • "Global Programs, Aid Effectiveness, and Poverty Reduction," Problems, Promises, and Paradoxes of Aid: Africa’s Experience

Dr. G.P. Shukla

Anthony Elson

 

​2013

Dr. Graham Glenday

Dr. Richard Hemming

Dr. Roy Kelly 

Dr. Natalia Mirovitskaya and Dr. William Ascher

 

2012

Dr. Sandeep Bhattacharya

  • “Study on counter-cyclical policies: Role of public investment to stimulate demand” and “Guidelines for use of public investment in counter-cyclical fiscal policy” prepared for Public Sector Group, Latin-America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank (co-author)

Dr. Fernando Fernholz

  • “Study on counter-cyclical policies: Role of public investment to stimulate demand” and “Guidelines for use of public investment in counter-cyclical fiscal policy” prepared for Public Sector Group, Latin-America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank (co-author)

Dr. Graham Glenday

  • ​“Study on counter-cyclical policies: Role of public investment to stimulate demand” and “Guidelines for use of public investment in counter-cyclical fiscal policy” prepared for Public Sector Group, Latin-America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank (co-author)
  • “Tax Transparency in Kyrgyz Republic: A Study of Tax Transparency in Kyrgyzstan: Tax Policy, Tax Administration and Tax Compliance Issues”, report prepared for Investment Climate Advisory Service, The World Bank Group (co-author)
  • ​“Tax Transparency in Kazakhstan: A Study of Tax Transparency in Kazakhstan: Tax Policy, Tax Administration and Tax Compliance Issues”, report prepared for Investment Climate Advisory Service, The World Bank Group (co-author)
  • ​“Tax Transparency in Tajikistan: A Study of Tax Transparency in Tajikistan: Tax Policy, Tax Administration and Tax Compliance Issues”, report prepared for Investment Climate Advisory Service, The World Bank Group (co-author)

Dr. Richard Hemming

  • “Public Debt Sustainability and Hidden Liabilities in the Peoples’ Republic of China”, in Public Debt Sustainability in Developing Asia
  • ​“Some Fiscal Priorities for Development” in Sustaining Development and Growth in East Asia (co-author)
  • “Study on counter-cyclical policies: Role of public investment to stimulate demand” and “Guidelines for use of public investment in counter-cyclical fiscal policy” prepared for Public Sector Group, Latin-America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank (co-author)

Dr. Natalia Mirovitskaya and Dr. William Ascher

Dr. G.P. Shukla​

  • “Tax Transparency in Kyrgyz Republic: A Study of Tax Transparency in Kyrgyzstan: Tax Policy, Tax Administration and Tax Compliance Issues”, report prepared for Investment Climate Advisory Service, The World Bank Group (co-author)
  • ​“Tax Transparency in Kazakhstan: A Study of Tax Transparency in Kazakhstan: Tax Policy, Tax Administration and Tax Compliance Issues”, report prepared for Investment Climate Advisory Service, The World Bank Group (co-author)
  • ​“Tax Transparency in Tajikistan: A Study of Tax Transparency in Tajikistan: Tax Policy, Tax Administration and Tax Compliance Issues”, report prepared for Investment Climate Advisory Service, The World Bank Group (co-author)