Duke Center for International Development (DCID) Monthly Newsletter
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Duke students graduate from summer executive education courses

Seven Duke students have gained new skills to help advance their international careers. In July, four MIDP fellows graduated from the Project Appraisal and Risk Management (PARM) program, and two MIDP fellows and one Duke Law student completed the Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting (TARF) program. Congrats to all of our graduates!
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Faculty Spotlight

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Robyn Meeks' research highlights added benefits of compact fluorescent lamps & LEDs

Compact fluorescent lamps and LEDs not only save money on electricity bills. They can also lead to a more reliable electricity supply, according to new research led by DCID Affiliate Faculty Member Robyn Meeks. Meeks (Peace Corps alum, Kazakhstan) and her co-author shed light on what these findings mean for energy efficiency policy.
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Sarah Bermeo discusses foreign aid and migration with Devex 

Can  and should – aid tackle the root causes of migration? On July 20, DCID Director of Graduate Studies Sarah Bermeo and Camille Le Coz, Migration Policy Institute policy analyst, explored this question during a Devex talk on the role of foreign aid in curbing migration. In 2015, Europe began diverting billions of euros in development aid toward tackling the root causes of migration to deter migration. Now, the US is considering a similar strategy. Watch an excerpt below.

Subhrendu Pattanayak moderates lecture on The Economics of Biodiversity

In July, Professor of Environmental and Energy Policy Subhrendu K. Pattanayak moderated a lecture by Sir Partha Dasgupta on The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review. Led by Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, the Review calls for changes in how we think, act and measure economic success to protect and enhance our prosperity and the natural world. Dasgupta is co-founder of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). Pattanayak serves as a SANDEE faculty advisor. Watch the lecture below.

Fellows & Alumni in Action

MIDP Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow lands US Department of State scholarship to study Hindi

Dane Skorup, an MIDP Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow, spent his summer studying Hindi, after being selected for a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). CLS is part of the U.S. government’s efforts to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Way to go, Dane!
Spotlight: Dane Skorup

MIDP Alumnus appointed to United Nations committee of tax experts

Congratulations to Waziona Ligomeka, MIDP '11, who has been appointed to the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters for the 2021-2025 term. He is the first Malawian to serve on the committee.
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MIDP Alumnus co-authors paper about Russia’s gas pipeline

Vitaly Yermakov, MIDP '97, and co-author Jack Sharples published a paper in the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies on the competition between Russian LNG and Russia’s pipeline gas in Europe. Yermakov works as senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. 
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