The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) engages in discussions about public policy through events, media outlets, scholarly publications and research presentations. We aim to engage academics, policymakers, policy advocates and community members in conversations about the globe’s most urgent development issues.


We host a number of in-person and virtual public events throughout the year.


U.N. Human Development Report lead author discusses state of the world

Pedro Conceição, director of the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report Office, shared insights from the latest Human Development Reports.

Policy Scientists Annual Institute

DCID and Sanford School of Public Policy partnered with the Society of Policy Scientists to offer a conference aimed at advancing knowledge and practice in the policy sciences in the service of human dignity for all.

Amplifying Women’s Voices: The State of Research on Women’s Empowerment

A panel of experts from leading development organizations discussed groundbreaking research on critical issues in women’s rights and international development.


Our faculty present and facilitate sessions around the world on a wide range of development-related topics.


Edmund Malesky, director of the Duke Center for International Development, presented insights from the 2022 Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) Report during a launch event on April 12 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Read more.

Rachel George, lecturing fellow at the Duke Center for International Development, presented “Building institutional capacity for evidence and new methods of decision-making” and “Merging Aid and Foreign Policy: Examining the Growth of Global Affairs Megabureaucracies” at the 2023 International Studies Association annual convention. Read more.

Roy Kelly, professor of the practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke Center for International Development, participated in the 2023 Group of Twenty (G20) Infrastructure Working Group meeting as a panelist in the “Financing of Cities of Tomorrow” workshop. Read more.


DCID Monthly Research Seminar

We organize a monthly research seminar for the DCID community and development-focused researchers across the wider Duke research community. Scholars are welcome to present early-stage research projects and ideas, research in progress, and/or recently published work. This is an informal opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about ongoing projects.

2022-23 Seminars

  • Climate-related forecasting prediction migration – Kerilyn Schewel, Eddy Malesky 
  • Human trafficking, illicit timber and corruption in Mozambique – Maureen Lempke
  • The long run impacts of war using the case of Bosnia – Charles Becker, Peter Devine
  • The Civilian Cost of Casualty Aversion: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Iraq – Benjamin Krick, Jonathan Petkun, Mara Revkin 
  • Drivers of migration and immobility in Zambia – Aneta Seidlová, Eliška Masná
  • Wrestling with the Strong: Crisis Bargaining and Authoritarian Politics under Power AsymmetryÜndes (Tusi Wen) 


For more information, contact Lecturing Fellow Rachel George at

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