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DCID Customized Executive Education Program featured on Kazakhstan Civil Service website
2011/04/15 18:44:40
DCID's training for officials from the Republic of Kazakhstan was featured on Kazakhstan's Agency of Civil Service Affair's website. [more]


DCID SAFEA program featured in Duke Chronicle
2011/04/15 18:44:49
DCID's customized executive education program "SAFEA" (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs) was featured in The Chronicle, Duke's student newspaper.  To view the article, follow the provided link. [more]


Rethinking Development Policy Talk Series
2009/11/04 11:04:51
DCID invites you to the third Rethinking Development Policy Talk for the Fall 2009 semester:

Speaker: Chris Gergen, Director, Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative, Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy

Topic: "Life Entrepreneurship: Creating a Life of Significance"

Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Location: Sanford 05

For more information, contact scovill@duke.edu


DCID Presents: Rethinking Development Policy
2009/10/20 13:28:13
Join us for the next lecture in the DCID talk series "Rethinking Development Policy":

"Sustaining Africa's Growth Performance-What does the Current Economic Crisis Tell Us?"

Sudhir Setty, Sector Director, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM), Africa Region, The World Bank

Thursday, October 22, 2009 5:30-7:00pm

Sanford 05

Light Refreshments will be served. For more information, email scovill@duke.edu


MIDP Starts New Academic Year
2011/04/15 18:42:00
The Master of International Development Policy (formerly the Program in International Development Policy) welcomed its newest class in August 2009. Twenty-nine fellows joined the program for the 2009-2010 academic year, with nine entering the International Taxation Program, their largest class to date. The group also featured the largest number of American students in MIDP’s history (five) and its first representatives from Iceland and Canada. Eighteen of the new fellows are in the two-year degree and eleven entered the one-year degree program. This class is also the first to officially begin studies in the new Sanford School of Public Policy. The MIDP expects additional fellows to begin study in the Spring 2010 semester.


MIDP Summer Internships Connect Students and Alumni
2011/04/15 18:42:22
The Summer 2009 MIDP internship season brought together current and past MIDP Fellows to tackle current international development issues. Two MIDP fellows had the opportunity to intern with MIDP alumni: Gabriela Baez (’10) with Ichiro Toda (’98) at the Inter-American Development Bank and and Eunju Cha, (’10), with Gulnara Febres (’96) at the World Bank Institute. Both enjoyed successful internships and reported back on their experiences.

At her internship with IDB, Gabriela evaluated the impact that private sector projects have on the economic growth of Latin America to see if they were performing according to development objectives, which would determine if IDB would continue to lend to these projects. “The internship exceeded my expectations for many reasons,” says Gabriela. “My team made me feel welcome and Ichiro provided specific explanations about the overall functionality of the Department. He also organized events where I was able to diversify my professional network and invited me to many high profile meetings. Additionally, my supervisor’s team gave me detailed and practical instructions to approach tasks and were always willing to clarify my doubts, answer questions, and provide feedback. Their support supplied me with a valuable professional foundation, and I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity to learn from them and put my previous knowledge into practice.” Ichiro also highly appreciated the opportunity to work with Gabriela, commenting “Gaby was a very motivated professional and provided tremendous contributions to our work. I’ve had the privilege of working with several interns from MIDP, and have always been able to count on their knowledge, profound work experience, and eagerness to learn new things. I also want interns to gain broader perspectives of the institution and expand their personal network. Gaby fully accomplished this and I believe these will be great assets for her career development in the future.”

Eunju Cha was responsible for researching emerging donors for the WBI. “The role of emerging donors in international development has become increasingly important and the WBI is developing partnership strategies with the donors,” Eunju reports. “I met Gulnara during a mock interview workshop organized by MIDP and was fortunate to secure an internship with her at WBI where I could further my interests in capacity development and technical assistance. I was able to learn a lot about the WBI’s systems and new strategies through the research I performed for them and at the meetings Gulnara invited me to attend. She was very thoughtful regarding my duties and helped me to learn as much as I could during my time with WBI. I am very thankful to her for this experience and hope that more MIDP Fellows are able to have internship opportunities with alumni in the future.” Gulnara Febres echoed these sentiments: “It was so wonderful to re-connect with Duke, and hire a summer intern from my former graduate program. I would like to thank Eunju for her wonderful contribution and team spirit, and for the fresh and innovative ideas she brought as a young scholar to our very practical world of World Bankers.”


“My Mother Now Sells Pap”
2011/04/15 18:44:58
Ray of Hope Children’s Foundation Social Integrated Development Program
Contributed by Stella Ndubuisi


After completing her MIDP program, Stella Ndubuisi’s (’08) efforts are once again directed at her life project: providing an education for the street children of Lagos. Her organization, “Ray of Hope Children’s Foundation” not only provides these children with educational opportunities, but also covers their medical expenses, school meals and even pays the rent on behalf of families facing eviction. These services have drawn attention from local benefactors, who together support about 50 “HOPE” children. One of their future goals is to replicate these programs in other parts of Nigeria. For the programs to grow, Stella has sought ways to make service delivery more impactful and sustainable.

One initiative was the Ray of Hope integrated social development program, launched on May 27, 2009, which coincided with Nigeria’s national Children’s Day. This program is aimed at improving entire families’ livelihoods, adding components like economic empowerment and healthcare coverage to the welfare support and education packages provided to the children. As part of the activities for Children's Day, a Lagos-based microfinance bank, King Solomon Microfinance Bank, gave micro loans ranging from N7,000 to N49,000 (about $45 to $315) to eleven mothers and caregivers of HOPE children. The women got a group guarantee so they are their own social capital and the repayment tenures are three to six months. The loan recipients are mainly petty traders, such as pepper or fruit sellers. These loans have made a significant difference to their businesses and families’ livelihoods. None of the recipients have defaulted on their repayment plans. Each now has a savings account and endeavors to save a set sum on a weekly basis, apart from the regular repayments on their loans. Some have already finished repaying their initial loans.

As a result, some of the women will be have their loans increased and four new mothers will join the program. Warees Semiu, a primary three HOPE child, explained that his mother’s clientele base has upgraded since she got the loan and now includes some of the rich in their neighborhood. During an interview, he quipped: “before she got the micro loan, my mother used to sell ‘akamu’ (a colloquial name for porridge), but now she sells Pap”, (the “upgraded” word for the same porridge). In practical terms this means that Mrs. Fatima Semiu no longer buys small measures of maize at a premium, but can now buy a big bag of maize at a discount rate and sell her ‘akamu/pap’ at a 100% profit. Aside from improved self esteem, this will ensure that Warees stays in school, better nutrition for him and his siblings and a better quality of life for the whole family.

ROHCF’s work is affecting more than each child’s literacy and numeracy; it is touching the community at large. Apart from the above efforts, workshops are held for the mothers on good parenting practices and managing small businesses, while providing a platform for these women to develop leadership skills and social responsibility. The children also participate in extra-curricular leadership development programs. This is particularly significant because good leadership has been the bane of Nigeria’s development.

Children who would otherwise have grown up on the streets facing a dismal future are getting education and learning to give back and serve their country thanks to the goodwill shown them and their families by mostly unknown benefactors.

For more information on Ray of Hope Children’s Foundation and its work in Nigeria, visit www.hopechildrenng.org.


DCID Hosts Training for Xi’an Officials
2011/04/15 18:42:43
Customized program is the fourth designed for Chinese officials

DCID welcomed 25 officials from the Xi’an Reform and Development Commission to campus for a customized executive education program on Public Policy and Public Sector Management. The program ran from September 6 to September 18, 2009 and featured lectures by DCID and Duke faculty, and local site visits for professional development. The program aimed to introduce the participants to the latest technological developments in public administration and service delivery, to develop their leadership and problem-solving skills and to better their ability to communicate effectively and work in teams. The success of the program led to the signing of a letter of intent between DCID and the Shaanxi Provincial government to deliver future training programs to government officials from the province. This is the fourth customized training program that DCID has developed for Chinese government officials; DCID has hosted the SAFEA (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs) 19-week training program for five years, and a 19-week program for officials from the government of Yangzhou last spring. Prior to these programs, DCID held on-campus trainings for the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) of Northern China for three years.


DCID Faculty Member Leads Research Initiative
2011/04/15 18:45:07
Research project unites current, former DCID faculty members

DCID Faculty member Natalia Mirovitskaya and former DCID Director and Founder William Ascher are working together on the multi-faceted project “Economic Development Strategies and Averting Collective Violence.” The project, funded by the Pacific Basic Research Center, is focused on determining which development strategies create conditions that reduce the likelihood of violence, especially in developing and transitional countries. Specifically, it aims to address the under-studied questions of how to preempt violent conflict and how to identify a strategy of development to reinforce the peaceful coexistence of different elements of a given population and to encourage their cooperation. The major concern is to understand how the choice of economic development strategy shapes the conditions conducive to peace or violence.

Several workshops will be organized within this project, with two already completed. The first was held on June 8th and 9th, 2009 at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, California. A second took place on October 16, 2009 at the DCID offices. Additionally, several other faculty members, MIDP alumni and students will participate at different stages of project design and implementation. Those who have contributed in the first stages include Charles Becker, Erika Weinthal, Stephen Smith, and Robert Healy, all affiliates of the Sanford School of Public Policy, UNC faculty member and Duke-UNC Rotary Center Co-Director James Peacock, and former DCID faculty member Gustavo Arcia. Duke-UNC Rotary Fellow alumni Katia Dantas (MIDP ’09) and Zumrat Salmorbekova (UNC ’09) were also involved in planning the workshops.

It is hoped that four types of scholarly outputs will be produced from their research: a co-authored book by Mirovitskaya and Ascher; a companion work which will provide a “toolkit” of analytic techniques that policymakers or activists could employ in choosing development strategies to meet today’s challenges; a series of papers consisting of a combination of case studies and thematic analyses by other researchers; and, if feasible, a database of cases, based on a template of information relevant for any case. The project will last for three years.


DCID Faculty Updates
2011/04/15 18:43:03
Daniel Alvarez accepted a position as a Senior Public Sector Specialist for the South Asia Region in the World Bank as of November 2, 2009. He will be involved in tax policy and administration reform projects and will be based in Washington DC.

Thomas J. Cook was selected as one of three U.S. advisors in evaluation research by the Australian Agency For International Development (AusAID) for its International Expert Panel on Development Evaluation. Panel members will advise on evaluation priorities and lead evaluation field teams. Dr. Cook has led several AusAID evaluations in recent years.

Jerry VanSant gave a keynote address on August 7 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to the Summer Institute of Nourish International, a nationwide campus-based non-profit organization that raises funds and provides student volunteers for host country partner organizations engaged in local community development. Mr. VanSant’s remarks addressed the emerging new roles of non-governmental organizations and how these groups can fulfill sustainable roles in the development of a vibrant and free civil society.


DCID Staff ‘Build’ Their Skills
2011/04/15 18:45:17
Staff members volunteer in the local community

Ripped-up jeans. An old t-shirt. Muddy tennis shoes. Is this the new standard dress code for DCID? Only for the most recent community-service project completed by several DCID staff-members. As part of their effort to “walk-the-talk”, DCID has actively sought out and participated in group volunteer projects around the local Durham Community. Their most recent activity took place on September 24, 2009 with Habitat for Humanity. For three hours, DCID staffers bravely ascended to the roof of a new Habitat home in Durham to begin laying shingles on the house. Those who preferred to do their service a little closer to the ground spent the time shoveling dirt which had drained into the street after several rainy days. At the end of the day, the roof was almost completed and the streets were a little cleaner thanks to their efforts. “The work of our office is usually focused on projects outside of the US and the Habitat project was a good opportunity to think about development needs in our own communities,” reflected Kurt Meletzke, coordinator of the Managers in Transition program for DCID.

The DCID staff decided to pursue such opportunities to both better represent DCID’s organizational commitment to improved societies and also to foster a sense of community among the staff. The first community service project was done in conjunction with TROSA, a local non-profit which provides job-training and other services to recovering addicts.


International Taxation Program Luncheon and Speaker Series
2009/09/23 12:15:01
The first International Taxation Program Luncheon and Speaker Series will take place on Friday, September 25, 2009 at noon in Rubenstein 200.

Speaker: Scott Dyreng. Assistant Professor, Fuqua School of Business Topic: "The Impact of Taxation on the Location of Foreign Operations"

Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Cheryl Noga, can6@duke.edu, for more information.


Rethinking Development Policy Talk Series
2009/09/22 12:08:20
Duke Center for International Development presents:

Maureen M. Lempke, Ph.D. Visiting Lecturer and International Development Consultant

"New Analytical Tools to Identify, Evaluate, and Monitor Land and Governance Issues: Can They Encourage Better Land Policies and Interventions?"

Thursday, September 24, 2009
5:30pm-7:00pm
Rubenstein Hall – Room 200

Sanford School of Public Policy

The First Fall Workshop in the Series "Rethinking Development Policy"

Discussion will follow a short presentation.
Light refreshments will be served.


New DCID Publications Available
2011/04/15 18:43:16
DCID is pleased to bring you are newest publications: the DCID brochure, which outlines each unit of our center, and our annual report, which highlights DCID's activities from July 2008-June 2009. These publications may be downloaded at the link provided below, or you may request a hard copy via email at edixon@duke.edu. [more]


PIDP Transitions to MIDP
2011/04/15 18:45:26
This letter was sent to PIDP alumni in May 2009

    This letter is to inform you of an exciting transition that the Program in International Development Policy will make due to becoming part of the new Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.  As some of you may know, it has been a goal of the Sanford leadership for the Institute to become Duke University’s tenth professional school.  Thanks to university support, strategic planning and successful fundraising, the Sanford Institute will become the Sanford School of Public Policy on July 1, 2009. Professor Bruce Kuniholm will serve as its first Dean.

    The Sanford School will now have academic oversight of the PIDP, and as a result, DCID is required to offer a Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) degree in lieu of a Masters of Arts in International Development Policy.  We support this transition, as it brings the program, as well as Sanford as a whole, in line with our competitors such as the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  We also feel that this title is better suited to the practitioner-oriented nature of our program.  We wish to assure our alumni, however, that this change does not diminish the value of their MA nor their affiliation with DCID.

    In light of these changes, PIDP will officially be referred to as the MIDP, to emphasize our new degree name and placement within the Sanford School of Public Policy.  We will introduce this new acronym in our marketing materials, both in print and online, over the course of the next year.  Additionally, Fellows graduating in December 2009 and thereafter will receive diplomas with the new title “Master of International Development Policy”.

    We have also made some changes and additions to our curriculum that we would like to share with you.  Feedback from current and past students has indicated a need for better grounding in statistics and data analysis.  Beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year, we will require that all two-year fellows complete “Empirical Analysis of Development” as part of the core program. We also hope that this course will facilitate the work which will be performed concurrently in the required “Economic Analysis of Development” class.  We have also introduced a dual degree program with the Duke Law School, which will allow participants to receive a JD degree in law and a Master of International Development after three years of study.  To complement this program, we introduced a new area of specialization in Law and Development, open to both students in the dual degree program and those in the regular MIDP degree.  We hope to welcome our first participants in the dual degree program in the Fall 2010 semester. 

    We invite you to check our website for updates regarding this transition over the coming year.  The title of Master of International Development Policy is a change that we hope will enhance our visibility among professional degrees in this field.  We will continue to strive for a standard of excellence within each of our program areas.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about this transition.

Sincerely,


Francis Lethem                              
Director                       
Duke Center for International Development    

Corinne Krupp
Director of Graduate Studies
Master of International Development Policy Program


Overseas Advising Report
2011/04/15 18:45:34
DCID faculty members recently participated in several consulting projects with foreign governments. These assignments have taken faculty members to Guyana, Indonesia and Tanzania. Below is a re-cap of these projects and the faculty members assigned to them.

Guyana: The Guyana Revenue Authority extended the consulting contract with Dr. Graham Glenday and Mr. Rubi Sugana until September 2009. In this capacity, they will work with officials of the Tax Analysis Unit to develop tax databases for use in monitoring, analyzing and forecasting revenues. Mr. Sugana will also provide on-the-ground training to officials of the Tax Analysis Unit in the analysis of the tax data and revenue forecasting.

Indonesia: Mr. Rubi Sugana was selected by the World Vision Canada to serve as the lead consultant for the design of a local revenue mobilization assessment in the East Sumba District of Eastern Indonesia. This project ran from December 2008 to January 2009. The scope of the project was to design a local government revenue mobilization program to allow the District Government to expand the community-based water supply and sanitation development program in the among the poorest rural areas of Indonesia. Dr. Fernando Fernholz was also involved in this project as the back-stopper for Mr. Sugana.

Tanzania (3 activities): Dr. Roy Kelly recently completed the in-country portion of the Tanzania Local Government Reform Project. Under a two-year contract with the Government of Tanzania (2007-2009), Kelly and other PFG faculty members assisted the Prime Minister's Office-Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG) and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs to improve the intergovernmental fiscal transfer system, enhance local revenue mobilization and strengthen local financial management. This support project is funded through a basket fund modality by the Government of Tanzania.

Mr. Rubi Sugana was recruited by the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) to provide technical assistance in the design of a property tax reform program for the Dar es Salaam Local Authorities (DLA) and the development of a comprehensive property tax administration manual, which will be used in other local authorities across Tanzania. This assignment involved intensive coordination with the broader Local Government Reform Program and various World Bank-funded projects, i.e., property valuation and mapping of all properties in Dar es Salaam and information technology development.

Dr. Tom Cook also advised with the Tanzanian Government on the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation system for the Local Government Reform Program, Decentralization by Devolution. 


Custom Executive Education Programs Diversify
2011/04/15 18:45:43
DCID expanded its customized programs this spring, completing three successful trainings for participants from Azerbaijan, China and Thailand.

Azerbaijan: DCID delivered a ten-week course from Feb 19 to May 2, 2009 on Applied Project Appraisal and Risk Management for Economic Development to undergraduate and graduate students of Azerbaijan State Economic University (ASEU) and Khazar University, as part of the USAID-funded project, Public Expenditure Reform Support Program. This course focused on financial, risk, economic, and stakeholder analysis of capital projects and development programs as well as risk management through applied case studies, lectures, and computer exercises. A total of 38 students participated in the course. This course is scheduled to be offered in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.

China: The Yangzhou Provincial Government Program, which began in January 2009, came to completion on May 15, 2009. This program welcomed 23 local government officials from the Chinese city of Yangzhou to Duke for a 19-week training course on Public Policy, Administration and Management, led by DCID and Sanford Institute faculty. Participants in this program went on several site visits to local government offices in North Carolina and also traveled to New York City, Boston, Washington DC and San Francisco.

Thailand: The Government of Thailand sent 31 judges who practice in the Thailand tax courts to DCID to be trained in issues related to globalization and taxation, specifically regarding general tax rules and US policies and how US tax laws interact with those of other countries. The judges arrived on May 17 and stayed for two weeks, learning about the overall US judicial system structure and international procedures. They also attended sessions in Washington DC and met with officials from the US Tax Court and the IRS. Classes were led by faculty from the Duke Law School, as well as the Georgetown Law Center, and guest speakers from the IMF and the US Treasury Department.


Linking Policy Research and Action
2011/04/15 18:45:53
The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) and Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) introduced a new, pilot model that aims to link policy research expertise in the university with the policy priorities and needs of an NGO for the Summer 2009. This summer, four MIDP graduate students will intern with HFHI under this model, designed to produce benefits for the students, faculty and programs at DCID and HFHI policy and planning, as well as a research-action model that might have general applicability.

In 2008, DCID and HFHI officials agreed to explore a model that would enable faculty and students to work closely with HFHI on policy issues related to their mission “to eliminate poverty housing around the world and to make adequate housing a matter of conscience and action”.  Research focuses on medium term policy themes and priorities identified at a policy meeting in Atlanta last December, where Area Vice Presidents also indicated potential short term internship opportunities in their regions. The policy research and summer internship project is part of an institutional relationship formed between DCID and HFHI. This relationship provides an umbrella program under which specific forms of faculty advising, course development and faculty papers may be prepared and innovations may be tested. Summer internships focus on analysis of specific issues or cases that contribute to learning under the policy themes. An optional, one-credit independent study may be performed by the student during the fall semester to finalize a policy paper on the issue of their internship. The support system for summer internships is expanded to include additional requirements under this program.

Three of the Fellows will work the HFHI regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean, in conjunction with regional research teams. Louisa Dow, Gema Stratico and Francisco Duque will research the effectiveness of civil society strategies to reform public policies that improve the access of vulnerable people to adequate housing and secure land tenure in urban areas in the region. Each will focus on a sub theme - Gema Stratico on institutional and targeting issues in relation to equal access opportunities for women and vulnerable groups; Louisa Dow on multi-level in-country and country-regional alliances and networking to increase access to land and secure tenure; and Francisco Duque on the policy and legal framework in housing and land issues. Their studies will use cases from Mexico, Honduras, and Brazil. The research process and findings will be shared in country presentations in Mexico and Honduras, scheduled for the end of July 2009.

Jason Rodriguez has joined Habitat’s Africa and Middle East office in Pretoria, South Africa. His task is to participate in project and proposal development related to various housing-related issues such as access of vulnerable groups to land security and housing, delivery of complementary services such as water and sanitation, and housing finance. He is expected to travel to different areas in the region to gather research data.


DCID Faculty Updates
2011/04/15 18:46:02
The faculty members of DCID participated in several activities during the Spring 2009 semester. We are pleased to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Richard Hemming, who joins us from the IMF, and to welcome Dr. Roy Kelly’s return to Durham. Below is a recap of recent faculty activities.

Catherine Admay was recognized by George McLendon, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and Trinity College and Richard Palmer, Faculty Director of the Focus program for her contributions to the Focus program during Fall 2008 semester. She also received a $5,000 grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, Inc. for an "International Studies" proposal entitled "Re-Presenting Justice." She and her RA, Lindsay Bayham (PubPol undergraduate major), will conduct field research in South Africa on the question of building a constitutional culture through (legally) unconventional and innovative jurist-led initiatives like the architecture and art of the Constitutional Court. Admay was the faculty anchor for two Provost Common Fund enabled visits to Duke by South African Constututional Court Justices Yvonne Mokgoro and Albie Sachs. Justice Mokgoro was a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Franklin Humanities Institute April 11-22.

Graham Glenday was invited to lecture on “The New “Old” Approach to the Economic Opportunity Cost of Capital,” at a conference on “Discount Rates for the Evaluation of Public Private Partnerships” at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on October 2-3, 2008. The paper will be published as a chapter in a conference volume edited by David F. Burgess and Glenn P. Jenkins, Queen’s University, Canada (forthcoming).

Richard Hemming joins DCID after a 24-year career with the International Monetary Fund. He retired from the IMF in August 2008 as the Deputy Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department. Previously, he worked for their Asia and Pacific Department and spent two years as a senior representative in India. Dr. Hemming is an economist and fiscal policy expert with wide-ranging industrial and developing country expertise. In recent years, he has worked on a variety of topics, including the fiscal consequences of financial globalization, fiscal sustainability, fiscal vulnerability and financial crises, fiscal responsibility frameworks (including transparency and rules), accounting and reporting standards, public investment, and public-private partnerships. He has published widely on tax, social security, public expenditure, and other fiscal issues. Dr. Hemming taught a mini-seminar for the PIDP during the Spring 2009 semester entitled “Macroeconomic Aspects of Fiscal Management” and will teach a full seminar on “Fiscal Policy, Globalization, and Development" this fall. At DCID he will continue to teach these courses on a regular basis and will also continue research in his fields of expertise. Dr. Hemming’s academic credentials include a Ph.D from Stirling University.

Dr. Roy Kelly will return to DCID in July 2009 and remain in residence at Duke, after completion of the in-country portion of the Tanzania Local Government Reform project. More on that project may be found in the overseas advising report in the Summer 2009 e-newsletter.

Dr. Cory Krupp was one of 52 professors nominated for the 2009 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching award, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate teaching at Duke University.

Dr. Anne Martin-Staple recently completed three consulting projects with the Ministries of Health in the West Bank (Health Sector Reform), Ethiopia (Global Funds and Health Systems Strengthening) and Ukraine (TB Laboratory System Strengthening). She also presented at the 2009 Carolina and Duke Consortium Conference “The Idea of the Americas: Representation and Reality” on “Fact and Fiction about Health Care Outreach-Experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean: Lessons from Jamaica”, in February.

Dr. Natalia Mirovitskaya took a research leave during the Spring 2009 semester. She served along with William Ascher, (co-founder and former director of DCID) as Principal Investigator of a multi-faceted project “Economic Development Strategies and Averting Collective Violence.” The project is funded by the Pacific Basin Research Center. The objective is to determine which development strategies create conditions that reduce the likelihood of violence, especially in developing and transitional countries. It is hoped that four scholarly outputs will result from this research: 1) a co-authored book by the two principal investigators, 2) a companion work that will provide a “toolkit” of analytic techniques that policymakers or activists could employ in choosing development strategies to meet today’s challenges; 3) a series of occasional papers consisting of a combination of case studies and thematic analyses by other researchers; and 4) a data base of cases, based on a template of information relevant for any case. Dr. Mirovitskaya presented at a workshop organized for this project at Soka University in Aliso Viejo California on June 8 and 9.

Dr. Phyllis Pomerantz participated in a round-table discussion on the prospect of foreign aid reform in April, as an invited guest of North Carolina congressman David Price. The goal of this discussion was to assist in the shaping of recommendations for new foreign aid legislation that Rep. Price may offer to US Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman. A collection of suggestions from the participants in Dr. Pomerantz’s class on “The Politics of International Aid” were circulated to discussion participants as a follow-up to their meeting.


Congratulations Graduates!
2011/04/15 18:43:41
34 PIDP Fellows participated in Duke’s 2009 graduation ceremonies. Twenty-three completed their degree requirements in May and eleven will continue with course work during the summer, finishing in September 2009. Graduation weekend began with the PIDP/MPP hooding ceremony on Saturday, May 9, where each graduate was recognized individually. PIDP Director of Graduate Studies Cory Krupp served as the PIDP faculty speaker, and the PIDP graduates selected Katia Dantas as the PIDP student speaker. PIDP Assistant Director Stephanie Alt Lamm was honored with the staff excellence award, an award initiated last year by students in the Master of Public Policy Program, which recognizes a staff member for outstanding dedication and service. The Duke-wide commencement ceremony was held on Sunday, May 10 and featured guest speaker Oprah Winfrey.  Graduates who participated in the ceremonies were:

May 2009 Graduates
Ertan Apaydin, Turkey
Nancy Banegas, Honduras
Myungsoo Choi, South Korea
Katia Dantas, Brazil
Ahmet Dincer, Turkey
Francisco Gonzalez Shinagawa, Mexico
Ruben Gonzalez, Panama
Xiomara Hernandez, El Salvador
Sanghee Jeong, South Korea
Deepak Kumar, India
Mattias Lindstrom, Sweden
Rafael Mazer, United States
Javier Ochoa, Venezuela
Claudia Paccieri, Bolivia
Anshu Shukla Pandey, India
Gabriel Pardo, Mexico
Nang Raw, Myanmar
Yuber Romero, Colombia
Jaejune Ryu, South Korea
Shawn Selleck, United States
Anita Sharma, India
Pia Simonsen, Australia
Saori Tokuoka, Japan

September 2009 Graduates
Rajesh Bansal, India
Serap Cansizoglu Oz, Turkey
Junko Hioki, Japan
Shinichi Itagaki, Japan
Alimamy Kamara, Sierra Leone/United States
Omar Kebbeh, The Gambia/United States
Chanchal Kumar, India
Amar Nath, India
Anju Sharma, India
Kilho Song, South Korea
Analia Viola, Argentina

Congratulations to all of our graduates!


DCID Alumni Award Recipients Announced
2011/04/15 18:43:54
The Duke Center for International Development is pleased to announce the first winners of its alumni awards. DCID alumni awards recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to the broad field of international development based on the criteria for each individual award. Winners receive a $500 award to further their professional activities. The following recipients have been selected:

NGO Excellence Award: This award honors an NGO that is committed to a similar mission as PIDP: “To make recognized contributions to global knowledge and practice of international social, political and economic development.” The selected NGO receives US $500 to further their activities.

Winner: Acción Emprendedora (Entrepreneurial Action), a non-profit organization founded by Anibal Pinto (PIDP’06) dedicated to the promotion and development of microenterprises in the poorest areas of Chile. AE’s objective is to break the chains of poverty by training and enabling micro entrepreneurs using a three-step development model.

Outstanding Achievement Award: This award offers US $500 to an alumnus who has made outstanding contributions to their field, sector, country, or region.

Winners: 3 PIDP alumni were selected to receive this award. Bautista Logioco (’04), Laura Zambrano (’04) and Cynthia Viveros-Cano (’04) are co-winners for their significant contributions to the demobilization process of Colombian paramilitary groups between 2003 and 2008.

Distinguished Service Award: This award provides US $500 to an alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding service to the DCID through promotion/advertising of the program, assistance with internship/job placement of current fellows, assistance with alumni relations or participation in other extracurricular activities.

Winner: Ichiro Toda (PIDP ’98) is the recipient of this award. He is an invaluable alumni who has worked with and assisted PIDP in numerous ways. In 2007 he was the PIDP inaugural “alumni-in-residence” and spent two days on campus hosting student groups and providing one-on-one career mentoring. He consistently supports PIDP’s annual Professional Development trip to Washington, DC and has hired numerous PIDP students and alumni for internships and short-term contracts. Ichiro is an is Development Effectiveness Officer with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he implements frameworks to enhance development effectiveness of the IDB's Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations.

More information on these alumni award recipients and their activities will be available on the alumni section of the DCID website, which is currently under development.


Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative Launches Investment Fund
2011/04/15 18:46:09
Partnership with Ugandan credit union creates “living laboratory” for learning

The Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative (DMLI) has identified the first recipient of their Investment Fund, which was launched in the spring of 2008, with support from DCID, the Duke Economics Department and the Office of Undergraduate Affairs. The Nkokoneru Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO), which is a small but fast growing credit union in Uganda, was chosen as the Investment Fund’s first partner . Student members in the DMLI spent last spring and summer fundraising for this initiative and reviewed applications from potential partner organizations during the Fall 2008, chosing SACCO through a membership vote in December, 2008.

“Our initial goal was to create a way for students to gain first-hand understanding of how microfinance is implemented, and to provide capital and support to a promising but underfunded microfinance organization. Although we could not offer large amounts of capital, we felt we could offer the kind of in-depth support that a smaller bank would benefit from as they sought to scale up their operations,” reports Rafael Mazer, a PIDP May 2009 graduate and a Managing Director of DMLI.

To make the search for the first recipient manageable, DMLI limited it to organizations which grossed less than $100,000 annually in their loan portfolios and had a connection to a member of the Duke Community. Duke’s Engineers Without Borders recommended SACCO based on its experience working in the Nkokonjeru community for the past two summers. SACCO appealed to DMLI’s membership due to its strong leadership, a transparent, democratic structure, its rapid growth from 30 to more than 300 members in less than three years, and its small, grassroots nature.

Two Duke students, Gloria Ahn, a Trinity rising sophomore majoring in economics, and Daniel Kobayashi, a first-year MPP, will intern this summer with SACCO to help implement the new loan programs and monitor the loans’ impact on the borrowers and the Nkokonjeru community in general. This is hoped to be the first of many such opportunies, as expressed by Kobayashi: “We are hopeful that our engagement in this project will not only benefit the people of Nkokonjeru, but will provide a template for DMLI to work with other such grassroots microfinance initiatives, and assist other universities in similar relationships."


Empowering the Poor
2009/05/28 16:09:44
The Hon. Justice Albie Sachs leads a faculty workshop

On Thursday, January 29, Professors Catherine Admay and Anirudh Krishna co-convened a lunch and conversation with Justice Albie Sachs at DCID. The aim of this faculty workshop, entitled “Empowering the Poor: Are Constitutionally Enforced Social and Economic Rights a Ladder out of Extreme Poverty and a Safety Rope Against Falling In?”, was to clarify the potential modalities for human rights and constitutional law to address extreme poverty. Participants included faculty members from Public Policy, Law, History, Cultural Anthropology and the Duke Global Health Institute. Justice Sachs commented on several of the South African judgments that have attracted international attention to creative means for constitutional enforcement of human rights issues.

After years in exile, Justice Sachs was the chief draftsman of the Bill of Rights tabled by the African National Congress during the transition from apartheid to constitutional democracy. He was appointed by Nelson Mandela to the newly-established Constitutional Court in 1994 and is the author of a number of leading South African judgments relating to poverty and inequality.

“I learned something essential at this workshop,” says Admay. “For Sachs, the core issue is assault on dignity rather than the fact of inequality. If inequalities become so vast as to fundamentally jeopardize dignity, then we can expect the South African Constitutional Court to step in. But this means judicially enforced social and economic rights are not ‘safety ropes’ and they may not even be sturdy ‘ladders.’ What they are is the most rudimentary form of a helping hand.”

Sachs' two-day visit to Duke was made possible by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy and a Provost Common Fund grant awarded to the Concilium on Southern Africa. In addition to the lunch workshop at DCID, Sachs was interviewed for the Living History Program, gave a keynote talk titled, “Just Art?: The Place of Art in Rendering Justice,” at the Nasher Museum of Art, and visited with three undergraduate classes in public policy and cultural anthropology. Additional cosponsors were: The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs; Duke Human Rights Center; Duke Law School; Duke University Program on History, Public Policy and Social Change; The Franklin Humanities Institute; The Kenan Institute for Ethics; The Nasher Museum of Art.


Law and Development program announced
2009/05/28 16:09:54
Students applying for admission to the Program in International Development Policy may now explore a new opportunity: a dual degree with the Duke Law School. This new Law and Development dual degree program will offer a diverse set of courses aimed at preparing graduates to meet multi-disciplinary challenges in a professionally sophisticated and forward-thinking way.

Students in the program will develop a familiarity with different institutional conceptualizations including "rule of law," "rights-based approaches to development," and, more broadly, "good governance." These students will bring a broader perspective to the social, cultural, and political dimensions of legal legitimacy and will be prepared for entrepreneurial service, human rights work, and other innovations in both the "hard" and "soft" policy arenas.

The Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in International Development may be completed in three years of study. The student would enter Law School in June with other dual degree students and would complete 72 credits of law school course work including six credits with a focus on international or comparative issues, 24 credits of PIDP coursework, and six credits of PIDP ungraded research.

For more information about this program, please contact Stephanie Alt Lamm, Assistant Director, PIDP.


PIDP Mourns Loss of Recent Graduate
2009/05/28 16:09:06
Claudia Castaneda (PIDP ‘07) passed away on January 1, 2009, in southern Chile after a rafting accident. Claudia held a master of arts degree in International Development Policy through Duke’s Program in International Development Policy at DCID, a master's degree in political science from Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, where she also earned a bachelor of arts in political science and translation and linguistics.

Prior to joining PIDP, Claudia worked as a translator for Bowne Global Solutions, was the chief tour guide for Patagonia Connection, and was an assistant researcher for the Latin American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO-Chile), where she researched issues of security, civil-military relations, international organizations and civil society participation.

Upon entering PIDP, Claudia focused her studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution. She was awarded a scholarship to study in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of the Program on Global Policy and Governance. During this summer program, Claudia interned at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, where she took part in the New Issues in Security Course. During this time, Claudia organized an international roundtable seminar titled, "Transforming Threats into Opportunities: Roundtable Dialogue on Global Security."

After graduating from Duke, Claudia returned to Chile where she joined Chile's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an international policy analyst. In addition, she had just been nominated President of the Chilean Political Science Association. Claudia was planning to continue her academic career and was in the process of researching political science Ph.D. programs.

Claudia is survived by her two brothers, Pablo and Nicolas, her sister Pamela, her parents, Magaly and Luis, and her extended family. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her two nieces. More than 400 people attended Claudia’s funeral services in Santiago, Chile.


DCID hosts local government officials from Yangzhou, China
2009/05/28 16:10:19
Participants in the Executive Development Program in Public Policy and Management for Yangzhou, China, celebrated the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival on Sunday, January 25, in the Fleishman Commons at the Sanford Institute. The weeklong Spring Festival is the most important Chinese holiday and is typically celebrated with family and friends, with domestic travel resulting in the largest annual human migration on earth.

Participants in DCID's Yangzhou program decorated the Commons with banners and balloons before preparing a feast of more than 20 traditional Chinese dishes and several varieties of traditional handmade dumplings. The entertainment included men's and women's choruses, synchronized dance, a karaoke exhibition and riddle-solving. The afternoon was also filled with traditional parlor games such as a chopstick ping-pong ball shuttle and a three-legged race with contestants facing in opposite directions.

 "It is very special to spend the Spring Festival with each other at Duke University, our home away from home," said participant Xu Jing.

Through the Yangzhou program, 23 local government officials take a courses in policy areas including government structure and function, community and economic development, budgeting, taxation, urban planning, and institutional design. Their coursework is augmented by weekly field visits to government, nonprofit and private-sector organizations, and each participant completes a capstone integrative exercise using newly-acquired policy analysis tools to examine an issue pertaining to their work in China.