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Dayne Hamrick discusses use of Global Value Chain analysis in development projects

The Duke MIDP admissions director presented a session at the Partners of the Americas What Works Conference.

Danny “Dayne” Hamrick, director of admissions for Duke’s Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program, led a session on academia’s role in locally led development at the Partners of the Americas 2023 What Works Conference.

Dayne Hamrick

In partnership with the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, the conference brought together leading experts and practitioners from across the Americas to discuss innovative approaches to social and economic development.

In Hamrick’s session, “Learning Global, Acting Local: Academia’s role in locally led development,” he shared with an audience of development practitioners, academics and Partners of the Americas representatives an overview of how Global Value Chain (GVC) analysis contributes to local development projects throughout the Americas.

“In an increasingly connected world, successful sustainable development projects must operate with deep understandings of global dynamics,” Hamrick said. “GVC analysis represents a powerful tool to help local stakeholders better understand industry trends at the global level and how to best leverage their competitive advantages to upgrade.”

Hamrick also highlighted Duke’s role over the last two decades as the global leader in GVC analysis. As the earliest and leading university research center of GVC analysis in the world, Duke houses more than 25 years of cutting-edge GVC research conducted at the Duke Global Value Chain Center. It additionally offers a semester-long GVC course as part of the MIDP program. 

Prior to working with the MIDP program, Hamrick was a research analyst at the Duke GVC Center, conducting GVC analysis for a variety of clients, including the U.S. Department of Defense, World Bank, Organization of American States and USAID. He earned a doctorate in sociology from North Carolina State University, where he used the GVC framework to study the development potential of niche products, specifically goods that have geographical indication labels.