Duke Center for International Development (DCID) Monthly Newsletter
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Former World Bank President
Dr. Jim Yong Kim to Speak at Duke

Each year, the Rubenstein Endowed Lecture Series brings high-profile thought leaders and policy makers to campus. This year, we look forward to welcoming Dr. Jim Yong Kim, former president of the World Bank!  The fireside chat will be led by David Rubenstein on Friday, October 15 at 6 p.m. in Duke's Page Auditiorium. Dr. Kim will discuss global policy leadership and what is needed to help address key policy issues. DCID has partnered with the Sanford School of Public Policy and the World Food Policy Center to sponsor the special event, which is part of Sanford's 50th Anniversary celebrations. Join us for the in-person event or the livestream! 
Reserve your tickets!

Celebrating 50 years!

Happy 50th anniversary to Sanford School of Public Policy! On September 9, DCID joined Sanford in kicking off the year-long celebration at an event that featured Joel Fleishman, Sanford’s founding director and longest-serving faculty member, and Sanford Dean Judith Kelley. Launched in 1971 as the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs by former NC governor and Duke President Terry Sanford, the Sanford School of Public Policy is one of the oldest and largest public policy programs in the nation.

Visit the 50th Anniversary Website to learn how you can be part of the celebration!

Faculty Spotlight

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Roy Kelly Moderates African Tax Congress

Professor Roy Kelly moderated the “Tenets of a Successful Property Tax Reform for Africa” session at the 6th African Tax Research Network Congress. More than 1,600 government officials, elected political leaders, practitioners and educators from 72 countries, including 48 African countries, registered for the event that was held September 6-8. 
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Faculty Highlights

  • Senior Fellow Maureen Lempke was selected to host a focus session at the Security, Democracy and Cities 2021 Conference, organized by the European Forum for Urban Security in Nice, October 22-22, 2021. She will present about a collaborative research initiative to understand the impacts of urban security practices and approaches.
  • DCID Director Eddy Malesky and Tuan Ho, senior lecturer at the School of Accounting and Finance of the University of Bristol, were the featured speakers at an event, “How has Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh done during his first 6 months?” The speakers reviewed the performance of Chinh and his government over the past six months, focusing on how his government has dealt with the ongoing fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.
  • Eddy Malesky interviewed Murray Hiebert, author of Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge, about China’s rise and stepped-up involvement in Southeast Asia.
  • Lecturing Fellow Kerilyn Schewel and Asmamaw Legass Bahir from Addis Ababa University published a paper in Migration Studies titled, "Migration and development in Ethiopia: Exploring the mechanisms behind an emerging mobility transition." 

Happy Anniversary!

Alumni Developments

Alumna Helps Land a Grant to Educate K-5 Students About Contemporary Africa

Ada Umenwaliri (MIDP 2018) is doing her part to improve education about contemporary Africa. She spearheaded efforts that helped UNC-Chapel Hill’s African Studies Center win a $500,000 grant from the Oak Foundation for a “K-5 digital learning of contemporary Africa using technology” project, which will produce resources for elementary school educators.

Ada, who serves as the associate director of the African Studies Center, said “This grant will allow us to expand our work into local classrooms across the state and beyond. We expect that our efforts will lead to an increase in the knowledge and engagement of contemporary Africa.”
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MIDP Alumni Highlights


  • Michael Spolum (MIDP 2012), Natel Energy’s director of International Business Development, recently published an article with the National Hydropower Association on why the conservation and strategic restoration of source watersheds is critical to the long-term sustainability and overall resilience of the hydropower sector, and water infrastructure in general.
  • Vitaly Yermakov (MIDP 1997), senior research fellow at Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, was quoted in a Bloomberg article and an Oxford Energy publication. He also published an paper, "Big Bounce: Russian gas amid market tightness," with The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.
  • Allegra Paneto (MIDP 2018) now serves as the deputy country representative for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in Sudan.

Apply for the MIDP Program

Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2022 Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program
The MIDP is a flexible, interdisciplinary program that offers mid-career and senior-level changemakers  the tools necessary to shape social, political and economic development worldwide. Nearly 1,000 alumni representing 105 countries have graduated from our  program. Advance your career, and apply today!
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