News and Events
May 22: On April 12th, MDP and Emory’s Institute for Developing Nations co-hosted an open classroom and discussion with Dr. Helena Ribe, an international development economist who recently retired from the World Bank. Dr. Ribe’s career included work in Asia, Southern and West Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Much of her work with the World Bank focused on social protection and human development. During the talk, MDP students and the wider Emory community engaged in a lively discussion with Dr. Ribe about her experiences while working for the World Bank as well as advice that students could apply to their upcoming careers in the field. Dr. Ribe offered thoughts on areas of international development that need more attention from young professionals, including impact evaluations, and commented on the ways in which institutions can adjust from lessons learned over time.
May 15: Dr. Hilary King, MDP’s Sustainability Fellow, is working with the Emory’s Sustainable Food Lexicon project to highlight Emory's commitment to providing locally and sustainably grown food on campus. Under an Office of Sustainability Incentives Fund Grant and in partnership with Project Localize, Dr. King helped create a series of posters to be displayed at the on-campus farmer’s market and at the Freedom Park Farmer’s Market. The posters enable students to locate where their food is produced, helping to make a more direct link between food production and consumption. The posters also help students develop a better understanding of sustainability-related concepts like fair trade. Check out the posters when you are back on campus next semester!
May 8: This story was written by Tim Rupnarain, a 2018 MDP candidate. This semester, I’m a Research and Policy Analyst intern with the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI). CCI is an Atlanta-based nonprofit focusing on improving the performance of public organizations, increasing civic participation, and supporting civic and social entrepreneurs. I’ve been researching best practices in open data innovations from other cities that are making data publicly accessible, which improves not only government transparency and accountability but also citizen engagement and civic innovation. Atlanta currently struggles to inclusively and systematically engage city residents and organizational partners due to gaps in communication across sectors. I hope this comprehensive open data initiative will improve collaboration between city staff, civic innovators, and residents, establishing an open data ecosystem fully reflective of the city’s gender, racial, and socioeconomic diversity. In turn, this will provide entrepreneurs with data to solve Atlanta’s social, cultural, and environmental challenges.
May 1: Paulita Bennett-Martin (MDP ’16) is working hard to make sure the North Atlantic Right Whale survives. Considered the most endangered marine mammal, right whales live near the Eastern coast of the United States, including along the Georgia coast. Environmental changes and fishing net accidents contribute to the right whale’s struggle for survival. Paulita recently hosted an art exhibit and auction entitled “Lines and Strikes.” In addition to whale-inspired art, the event featured a spoken word performance and a presentation from naturalist Cathy Sakas. All proceeds were given to Tybee Island Marine Science Center to help create awareness of both the right whale and its current plight. Paulita also presented on this topic to the Southeastern Implementation Team for the Recovery of the North Atlantic Right Whale. She will soon begin work with the South Atlantic Fisheries Council’s Citizen Science Action team.
April 24: This story was written by Rebecca Spens, a 2019 MDP candidate. This year, I’ve worked in the Youth Futures team at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). We provide academic, vocational, and social support to refugee students at Clarkston High School, including social integration support, tutoring, academic counseling, and assistance with applications. Last semester, I focused on grant-maker research and grant writing to secure funding for the “Ready Set College!” program, a summer camp for refugee youth that aims to increase postsecondary enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. I also provided research to inform future grants supporting refugee youth in postsecondary education. This semester, I’m continuing to research grant-makers for Youth Futures. I’m also supporting preparations for “Ready Set College!” by launching a crowdfunding page and seeking out food donations. My experience at IRC has informed my career direction and improved my workplace skills. It’s fantastic to be surrounded by people working on such valuable and interesting projects!
April 17: Melania Croce (’19) knows the power of sports to overcome cultural boundaries. A distance runner and international student from Italy, Melania has been a track athlete for ten years, beginning with recreational cross-country races in middle school. She started running track seriously around age 17, specializing in the 1500 and 3000m steeplechase. Melania’s career highlight (so far) was running the 3000m steeplechase in the Italian National Championships in the summer of 2013! “I enjoy sports because they transcend cultural barriers and bring people together,” Melania explains. As a student in China, Melania experienced this firsthand: “Although the coach and most of my teammates only spoke Chinese, we were able to share unforgettable moments!” At Emory, Melania runs the 800m and 1500m events. She will spend her summer practicum in Kenya with Women Win, which empowers women and girls through sports.
April 10: Before MDP, Katie Grover Oswald (’18) worked at Habitat for Humanity International as a Tithe Specialist. Throughout the past two years, she has remained at Habitat, although her role has expanded as her skills have increased. The tithe program supports more than 1,400 U.S. Habitat affiliates in their tithing of funds to more than 50 Habitat organizations worldwide. Katie’s specific role is developing priority communications materials, including annual updates, quarterly letters, country program updates, and more. Katie’s practicum brought her to Habitat Uganda, where she provided communications support, including launching a quarterly letter. As a result of this experience, Katie now works with priority countries on best practices for communicating with supporters. “I’m looking forward to continued work with Habitat and continued incorporation of skills from MDP,” Katie says, adding that she’s grateful for so many opportunities to overlap school and work.
April 3: This semester, Mia Nieves (MDP ’18) is taking lessons she’s learning in class out into the world. Mia is enrolled in Chronic Disease Control and Prevention, taught by Dr. Lobelo and Dr. Farhat at Rollins School of Public Health. This course introduces students to global and local issues in chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, and cancer. These diseases account for 80 percent of deaths and disabilities worldwide. One of the greatest drivers of NCDs is physical inactivity. As way to combat sedentariness for commuters like herself, Mia has started a free weekly Zumba class on Thursday evenings for residents in her neighborhood in Stockbridge, GA. She hopes it will grow in popularity and get people moving! Feel free to contact Mia for more information on her class.
March 27: Rachel Lastinger (MDP ‘17) recently served as the Mission Assistant on a Carter Center Election Observation Mission (EOM). Rachel traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal for the country's second phase of parliamentary and provincial assembly elections, which took place on December 7, 2017. From the day before the elections through the counting of the ballots, Rachel served as a reporting officer. As Nepali citizens were exercising the right to vote, Rachel received real-time calls from field observers detailing the processes and conditions they were witnessing on the ground. Rachel has a political science background and gained a certificate in human rights while in the MDP program. She enjoyed having this opportunity to utilize her MDP skills as she worked on a mission seeking to promote citizens’ rights to participate in governance. Rachel is now a Program Associate for the Democracy Program at The Carter Center, working on a project that manages citizen observation and women’s electoral participation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
March 20: Rather than spending their Saturday mornings sleeping in, Katie Pons and Marc Anthony Branch (MDP ’19) have been tutoring children at the United Oromo Community Center of Georgia. The community center hosts events for the Oromo community of Atlanta, including tutoring for elementary, middle, and high school students in need of help with their homework or their English. The Oromo people are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, traditionally tracing their roots back to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. To find out more information about their tutoring program, contact Katie or Marc Anthony or check out the center’s Facebook page!
March 13: This semester, Sam Friedlander (MDP ’18) has taken on the task of helping the adult education team at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) redesign their student needs assessments and student satisfaction surveys. For the past two years, Sam has interned for IRC’s Atlanta office. She first worked for the economic empowerment division, helping refugees find their first or second jobs. She then worked with the adult education team, helping to teach English and civics classes to refugees who were preparing for the citizenship exam. “Using frameworks that I learned in school to design surveys for a program I’ve helped teach for the past year is really rewarding. It’s great to see qualitative skills I picked up in a classroom actually having an impact on students I teach and know,” Sam said.
March 6: This year, Sidra Khalid (MDP ’18) is working as the School Health and Nutrition Gender Fellow for Save the Children. Specifically, Sidra is working on a menstrual health and gender equality programming project based in Kyrgyzstan. Last summer, Sidra worked on a qualitative research project that examined gender norms and attitudes of very young adolescents and teachers in Kyrgyzstan in order to inform the adaptation of a gender norm curriculum to the specific Kyrgyz context. This year, she is coding the information gathered and working to analyze the data. Based on these insights, she will then help to design activities for the curriculum. Next summer, Sidra will continue to work on the project, this time conducting focus group discussions with boys in order to help inform boys’ puberty materials.
February 27: Raven Hinson (MDP ’18) is too excited about the future to wait until graduation to get started; she recently launched a website, www.ravenhinson.me, to promote her consultancy skills to local organizations. Last summer, Raven’s field practicum consisted of a monitoring and evaluation consulting project for Nyumbani, an organization that supports children with HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Raven supported Nyumbani through an M&E project that focused on the impact of the Lea Toto Adolescent Program. She realized during the summer that she had a passion for evaluation, and that she wanted to translate that passion into a career. Since then, she has continued to gain skills and experience in M&E consulting work through classes, personal research, and conferences. Raven’s goal is to connect with those in need of consultancy work in the field of community development evaluation.
February 20: This story was written by Ryan Mintz, a 2018 MDP candidate currently serving as an intern with CARE. This semester, I am working as an intern for CARE’s Water+ team. I mainly assist the grants and finance manager of the team in tracking how grant money is spent on program activities. I also read requests for funding proposals and make suggestions for how CARE can best position itself for grant proposals. I am currently working on a project in which I research the benefits and potential expansion of CARE’s Water Smart Agriculture programs in West Africa. Through working at CARE, I’ve gained a better understanding of the organizational structure of a large international NGO, as well as the complexities of grant management and requests. I’ve also gained insights into organizational efficiency.
February 13: From January 19th to January 21, four MDP students attended the Goizueta Business School bootcamp to launch this semester’s IMPACT 360 program. Goizueta IMPACT is an experience in which Goizueta students, along with a small group of other Emory graduate students, work as consultants for organizations around Atlanta, embodying the MDP emphasis on experiential learning. Students take a course and participate in modules and workshops to provide them with useful consulting tools that they can then apply directly to their projects. Past IMPACT clients have included Delta, Home Depot, and United Way. This semester, MDP students Xin Li (’18), Sam Friedlander (’18), Andrew Harrison (’19), and Racquel Figueroa (’19) will participate in teams with MBA and law students in the “Catalyzing Social Impact” section of the program, working to find innovative solutions to problems faced by four nonprofits in the Atlanta area.
February 6: Congratulations to Mia Nieves (MDP ’18), who has been selected for a scholarship by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) for the second consecutive year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Mia will receive $5,000 from Wells Fargo; last academic year her scholarship was sponsored by the Walmart Foundation. Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s goal is to provide Latino and Latina students with the resources necessary to access higher education, including scholarships, application assistance, and support for those navigating new and unfamiliar living and learning settings. HSF scholarships are funded by corporations, foundations, and individuals. Scholarships are available for community college, 4-year college, and graduate studies.
January 30: This story was written by Mallory St. Claire, a 2019 MDP candidate currently serving as an intern with Habitat for Humanity. This semester, I’m working for Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter. I help support their Market Systems (MS) Team, which is a global team piloting approaches to strengthen market systems to support adequate housing and shelter in the developing world. Specifically, the MS team works with private firms interested in providing housing products to low-income families, such as affordable water filters or storm-resistant roofing. This semester, I helped build a project plan for our global team using Basecamp, a collaborative working tool. Working with the MS team is exciting because it’s a new team and we are iteratively piloting a new concept for system-wide market-based impact. Our teams across the globe—including Liberia, India, Mexico, and Peru—are working on an innovative range of projects, such as collaborating with national housing authorities and working on climate-resilient buildings.
January 23: MDP student Andrew Harrison (MDP ’19) and his wife Lauren recently welcomed a baby girl into their family. Hattie Elizabeth Harrison was born in Atlanta on September 17th, 2017 at 6.6 pounds. Since her birth, Hattie has continued to thrive and get chubbier and chubbier—and recently learned how to smile! We’re so happy to welcome Hattie into the MDP family. Congrats to Andrew and Lauren!
January 16: MDP Associate Director Carla Roncoli was appointed Editor of Weather, Climate, and Society (WCAS), one of the journals of the American Meteorological Society. WCAS is an impactful journal that publishes rigorous social science research on the human dimension of climate change, including economic, political, institutional, and communication aspects of climate change adaptation and mitigation. The journal’s editors coordinate peer reviews of submitted manuscripts and make publication decisions. They are selected among recognized scientists in relevant fields, and function on a voluntary basis as part of their academic service. For the last 20 years, Dr. Roncoli has been involved in interdisciplinary research on the role of climate information in agricultural decision-making among smallholder farmers in Africa.
January 9: This story was written by Marc Anthony Branch, a 2019 MDP candidate currently serving as a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) intern with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which is part the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. "My work was split between resource development and monitoring & evaluation for the program. With WASH grants being implemented in more than 13 countries, there was a need for guidance on project design and implementation. Therefore, over the course of the semester, I designed a technical support manual for WASH grantees in the field that outlined: 1) the project framework and activities funded in the WASH portfolio, 2) proper monitoring & evaluation practices, 3) project resources detailing designs, best practices, etc. for each activity we fund, 4) how to adopt WASH projects culturally and contextually, and 5) additional sourcing of funding for further projects. Overall, the manual seeks to answer our partners’ questions and foster creative WASH in the field.
January 2: This story was written by Katie Pons, a 2019 MDP candidate currently serving as a Knowledge Management and Learning Intern with CARE. "In this position, I help build and maintain key knowledge management platforms, create project briefs based on program evaluations and existing technical content, assist in the creation of key knowledge products (such as reports and position papers), and contribute to fundraising efforts. I aim to synthesize CARE’s learning and program work to improve future programming, impact, and advocacy. CARE supports a wide range of initiatives globally and, through this position, I have gained exposure to a variety of programs in terms of both technical capacity and geographic location. This internship has been an incredibly valuable contribution to my MDP experience. The exposure helps ground the theoretical concepts from the classroom in real world examples and contributes to my vision of where I best fit as a development practitioner.
December 19: On November 17th, Raven Hinson (MDP ’18) spoke on a KnowYourGoals panel sponsored by Emory. #KnowYourGoals is an initiative sponsored by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network: Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth). The campaign hopes to raise awareness of and mobilize action around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in September 2015. The November 17th panel focused on ways that the SDGs are applicable to Atlanta and specifically the Emory community. The six panelists included Emory undergraduate and graduate students as well as community leaders and activists from social movements around Atlanta. Raven spoke specifically about the work conducted on campus by Emory’s Institute for Developing Nations (IDN). In keeping with the sustainability theme, the event was also designated a zero-waste event, meaning that all materials were either recyclable or compostable!
December 12: This semester, several MDP students have been learning about entrepreneurship through a Social Entrepreneurship in Public Health course in Rollins School of Public Health. At the end of the semester, students participate in a contest to design and present a proposal for a venture that would benefit public health. Xin Li (MDP ’18) was on this semester’s winning team. Her team’s proposal was a social enterprise entitled DOTs. The project focused on a proposal to produce reusable and sustainable underwear for women during menstruation. A “buy one fund one” model would be used: for every pair sold in China, one pair would be donated to rural women in Cambodia, facilitated by partnerships with local organizations focused on women and girls. Translated into English, the name “dots” suggests an ending—the ending of an era in which girls struggle through menstruation without proper resources. Also on Xin’s team were Rollins students Anika Hanna and Erica Viars. Congratulations to the winning team!
December 5: The research conducted by MDP student Rachel Lastinger during her summer field practicum in Ethiopia was featured in an online video. Rachel served with World Vision and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), on a program titled “Engaged, Educated, Empowered, Ethiopian Youth (E4Y)”. The initiative seeks to address gender inequality and to empower girls through a variety of tools. Rachel's work aimed to assess the effect of the girls' club toolkits in reducing school dropout rates among young girls and to identify addtional topics of interest, such as the prevention of early marriage. Rachel also developed a best practices guide, based on her research results and trained CCL staff to apply qualitative approaches to assess the impacts of their activities. The video featuring the project can be accessed here.
November 28: MDP students are engaged in diverse communities and interests, and this semester, several students have attended conferences that relate to topics of interest within the MDP curriculum. On October 20th, Raven Hinson (’18) attended the Women’s Rights are Human Rights Conference, sponsored by the University of Georgia’s Center for the Study of Global Issues. Raven’s biggest takeaway from the conference was that “gender equity metrics need to be redefined because the indicators within them don’t apply everywhere, due to the ways in which different countries define gender equity.” The conference focused on the issues of trafficking, conflict, measurements of equality, and the role of human rights institutions. Read more.
November 21: This story is written by Mia Nieves, a 2018 MDP candidate currently serving as a graduate assistant with the Carter Center. This year, I’m serving as a graduate assistant (GA) for The Carter Center’s Hispaniola Initiative>. The Carter Center, which works in 86 countries around the world, focuses its interventions on two areas: peace and justice, and public health. The program I’m focusing on works with the Ministries of Health of both Haiti and the Dominican Republic to accelerate the elimination of malaria and lymphatic filariasis from the countries' shared island, Hispaniola, by the year 2020. As a graduate assistant for the project, I have been working this year on an arts-based health communication project as a component of the community engagement strategy for the malaria elimination work The Carter Center is accomplishing in Haiti.
November 14: On Thursday, November 2nd, The Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) held its annual Global Health Scholars Symposium and Photography Contest. Two MDP ’18 students, Sarah Durry and Raven Hinson, participated in research in Madagascar and Kenya, respectively, during their 2017 field practicums. Both teams’ posters were featured at the event. In addition, three MDP ‘18 students—Tyler Breen, Sidra Khalid, and Sam Friedlander—were finalists in the photography contest. Tyler won an honorable mention, while Sidra and Sam were two of the five contest winners. EGHI holds the symposium annually to honor students who participated in the EGHI Field Scholars program, which sends students to the field to work on public health projects each summer. The photography contest is open to all Emory students who participated in a global health project in a low- or middle-income country. Congratulations to all of the scholars and contest winners on their accomplishments! See photos.
November 7: Dr. Hilary King, MPD’s Sustainable Development Fellow, is translating her passion for food security and access into action through the Fresh MARTA Market. The market is a collaboration between local farmers and organizations to provide fresh, locally grown produce to users of MARTA transit stations. Hilary recently secured a highly competitive $500,000 USDA Local Food Promotion Program Grant for the program, which will support its operations through 2020. Since the inception of the program, Hilary has been instrumental in the research, design, and implementation processes. In 2016, the program expanded to three additional MARTA stations, increasing the number of visitors from 3,500 in 2015 to an impressive 13,000 in 2017. In the rest of 2017 and into the future, the market plans to expand hours, increase options, and produce short videos featuring recipes that can be made from market produce!
October 31: On Thursday, October 26th, a reception was held to announce and celebrate the winners of the 7th edition of the MDP Photo Contest, attended by an enthusiastic crowd of MDP students and faculty. Every year, MDP hosts a photography contest to showcase photographs taken by students during summer practicum experiences. Several hundreds of stunning photographs are submitted each year, illustrating the diversity of experiences students have while on their field practicums. Two categories of photographs are awarded prizes: “Our Field Experience,” featuring photographs of MDP students conducting field work, and “Our Vantage Point,” which includes photographs students took of their projects, surroundings, and host communities. One additional winner was voted by the audience attending the reception. The winners are selected by four judges, including development experts and professional photographers. Generous prizes were awarded, thanks to the generosity of the Laney Graduate School and other Emory affiliated units. More here. Read Emory Report article.
October 24: MDP Associate Director Dr. Carla Roncoli was an invited speaker at an international conference on “Enhancing resilience in the face of global change: mobilizing local and indigenous knowledge,” held at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France on 18-20 October, 2017. The conference was organized by the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems program (LINKS) and brought together interdisciplinary researchers and indigenous activists from around the world. The conference aimed to promote consideration of indigenous knowledge at the United Nation's Conference on Climate Change (COP23) that will be held in Bonn, Germany next month, particularly through the establishment of a multi-stakeholder knowledge platform and observational systems in climate-vulnerable regions. Dr. Roncoli discussed findings from her research on climate risk management among smallholder farmers in Africa.
October 17: In order to build practical knowledge for future professional careers, MDP runs a Thursday night speaker series that gives students the chance to hear about development practitioners’ experiences on the ground and learn about available resources. Earlier in the semester, Amanda Woomer of The Carter Center engaged students in a conversation about the field of monitoring and evaluation as it relates to her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Next, Chris Rapalje and Sarah Harlan represented Emory’s Office of Global Services to provide students with resources for overseas travel and safety. JennieV Dowdle Sorrells, a member of the inaugural MDP class of 2012, spoke about her work with Project Discovery Talent Search, a program that connects Native American students in North Carolina to college preparation resources. Most recently, Wanda Swan of Emory’s Respect Program gave a presentation on interpersonal violence prevention. More exciting speakers are planned for Thursday night classes for the rest of the year!
October 10: David Sabino (MDP ’17) is passionate about the positive impacts of maintaining connections to cultural heritage, and during his field practicum last summer, he found a way to turn this passion into a community project that recently received vital grant funding. David spent his first field practicum in Nepal with Groundswell International, an NGO focused on the spread of culturally and ecologically appropriate agricultural methods. Specifically, David worked with Groundswell’s local partner, Boudha Bahanupati Project Pariwar (BBP-Pariwar), and one of his tasks was the establishment of a community seed bank. Read more.
October 3: Marisa (Mia) Gallegos (MDP ’12, a member of the inaugural MDP class) recently published an article in the Public Library of Science entitled “When Water Doesn’t Flow.” The article addresses challenges faced by healthcare workers and facilities in countries where water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure is unreliable or insufficient. She also describes a technology, WASHCon, that helps development workers monitor WASH supplies and conditions. Mia’s experiences in Ghana emphasized the importance of functioning WASH systems when she herself was hospitalized for typhoid fever in a healthcare facility experiencing severe water shortages. Mia now works for the Emory’s Center for Global Safe WASH, where she is a Senior Public Health Program Manager. During her time at MDP, she conducted field practicums in Ethiopia with CARE and in Kenya with Save the Children.
September 26: In May, Barrett Smith (MDP ’16) participated in an eight-day trip to Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien, Haiti with Candler School of Theology’s Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership program. The trip was part of a seminar entitled “Moral Leadership in International Context” and was the second trip sponsored by the Laney Legacy program (the first was in 2015, to South Korea). During the week-long visit, students met with local government leaders, NGO workers, and citizens. About the experience, Barrett says that “it provided a critical, thoughtful, and compassionate analysis of Haitian reality in light of centuries of slavery, colonialism, economic exploitation, and environmental upheaval—while highlighting the resilience, ingenuity and beauty of the Haitian people.” Barrett is currently the Director of Programs at Global Growers, an organization that connects refugees to sustainable agriculture resources in Atlanta.
September 19: MDP alum Tsewang Rigzin (MDP ’15) recently had the opportunity to meet with a high-level bi-partisan congressional delegation in Dharamshala, India. The delegation was visiting India to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the leadership of the Tibetan Government in Exile. The meeting, led by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, highlighted the representatives’ strong support of the Tibetan government and people. Also in attendance were Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin), Eliot Engel (D-New York), Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts), Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota), Judy Chu (D-California), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington). After conducting summer practicums with MDP at the Federation of Tibetan Co-operatives and the Tibet Policy Institute, Tsewang moved to Dharamshala, where he currently works for the The Tibet Fund as Deputy Program Director.
September 12: This story is written by Julian Wyatt, a 2018 MDP candidate. During the past Spring semester, I served as the Corporate Engagement Intern within the Strategic Partnerships and Alliances (SPA) unit at CARE, an international humanitarian agency delivering emergency relief and long-term development projects. In this position, I assisted the SPA unit in identifying, cultivating, and securing shared value partnerships with national and multinational corporations. Additionally, I worked to secure several sponsorships for the 2017 CARE National Conference, a three-day advocacy conference held in Washington, D.C. in May 2017. I also collaborated with the marketing team at CARE to ensure smooth execution of corporate partner outreach plans. My time at CARE has been full of rich experiences, and I’m very excited to be back this fall semester, after completing my summer field practicum with the Carter Center in Liberia.
September 5: Emory MDP (’17) student, Tarangini Saxena, was a member of the North Indian Music Ensemble during her time at Emory University. The North Indian Music Ensemble has been at Emory for over a decade under the guidance and composition of Dr. Kakali Bandopadhyay. In the ensemble, Tarangini played the sitar, a plucked stringed instrument used mainly in North Indian classical music. The ensemble hosted well attended performances both in Atlanta and on the Emory campus. It is exciting to see our MDP students bring their culture and unique talents to Emory.
August 29: As part of her internship with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Alexandra Gordon (’17) attended the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Women’s Conference. LULAC is the oldest Latino civil rights group. Alexandra staffed the TNC booth at the conference, allowing her to combine her environmentalist commitments with her family’s Latin roots. Alex has also been working on a Story Mapping project using the ArcGIS Story Map tool in combination with maps, photographs, video and text to illustrate the TNC organizational transition from conservation research to program implementation.
August 22: This story is written by Jessica Doanes, a 2018 MDP candidate currently serving as a virtual intern with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives. This year, I completed a ten-month internship with the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) as a humanitarian mapping intern. I mapped locations in Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean and assisted OTI and other organizations by locating relief effort routes in the Caribbean for Hurricane Matthew. I also hosted a “Humanitarian Mapping Crash Course” map-a-thon, in which I taught MDP students mapping techniques that may be helpful during their summer field practicums. Overall, I enjoyed my experience as a humanitarian mapping intern. I learned how to add spatial data to maps and complete open-source research validation. I also gained knowledge of mapping software, such as OpenStreet Maps, Java OpenStreet Maps, and QGIS. I recommend that interested students apply to the VSFS program in the future.
August 15: MDP curriculum, many of our students speak at least two languages. To foster continued learning, MDP organized tables for students to practice beginning and advanced French and Spanish. French tables were hosted by PhD candidate Marie Ange Rakotonianina, while Spanish tables were hosted by second-year MDP student Gabriela Artasanchez Garcia, both native speakers of the respective languages. Each week, students came together for a conversation-style gathering to practice their French or Spanish. While some tables were held in the library, others moved around campus to attend poetry readings and practice speaking on the quad or over snacks at Emory Village. Some students used these languages in their field practicums this summer, and others learned new ones—so check in soon to see which new languages are being spoken around MDP conversation tables this year!
August 8: Miranda Bodfish completed the Emory MDP program as part of the inaugural class in 2012, and joined CDC’s Center for Global Health as a Public Health Analyst and Presidential Management Fellow after graduation. She recently moved into the position of Senior Public Health Advisor with the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS). Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CHAMPS aims to to increase understanding of how, where, and why children are getting sick, enabling scientists and public health leaders around the world to take action. Read More.
August 1: MDP students, through the Global Development Student Council, hosted a conversation with Kitti Murray, founder of the Refuge Coffee Company. The conversation focused on how social entrepreneurship can be used as a tool for development. Kitti addressed the current refugee crisis and how students' future work could contribute to adressing it. Kitti started the Refuge Coffee Company after her and husband moved to Clarkston, GA, which hosts one of the largest concentration of resettled refugees in the U.S.. Their goal was to provide employment and job-training opportunities for resettled refugees, while also offering a welcoming gathering place for refugees and a venue for community events in Clarkston.
July 25: This story is written by Sam Friedlander, a 2018 MDP candidate: This past year I interned with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). In my first semester with IRC, I served with the economic empowerment team, helping newly arrived refugees find jobs that matched their skill sets and needs. During my second semester, I worked with the adult education department, teaching an English Language and Civics class to adult learners. My time at IRC was tremendously beneficial to my growth, as I learned the joys and challenges of working for a large organization such as IRC and with refugees and immigrant populations. I enjoyed comparing my culture and traditions to those of my students and clients, and hearing about their daily triumphs and struggles as they adjusted to life in Atlanta. I got to try donuts from Benin, fufu from Togo, and eggplant dip from Afghanistan!
July 18: MDP students, Rachel Lastinger (’17), Andie Tucker (’17), Mackenzie Moody (’17), and Raven Hinson (’18), spent the 2016-17 school year partnering with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) to develop a research agenda on the role of the church in addressing discrimination within their communities and in society at large. Putting research methods and skills learned in the classroom into use, the students worked with the CEO, Derreck Kayongo, to help churches understand the benefits of diversity and the costs of discrimination. The students produced background research and an action plan for future research collaborations among Emory students and the center. They also developed a curriculum to be used by churches, beginning in youth groups, to identify and define discrimination within their membership through visual methods and other Participatory Action Research (PAR) approaches.
July 11: During the Spring 2017, nine MDP students participated in a self-directed course on legislative advocacy overseen by Program Director, David Nugent. The course was initiated by Andie Tucker (’17), a previous Georgia Women’s Policy Institute (GWPI) fellow, and focused on how non-profit organizations can play a role in defending for civil liberties through policy advocacy. Advocacy can be an important skill set and tool as it raises awareness, promotes justice, and leads to important policy changes. The students spent their semester advocating against multiple House Bills in Georgia by attending committee hearings, speaking with representatives and staffers, partnering with local Atlanta-based organizations, and creating various advocacy tools.
July 4: Billy Rice (MDP ’17) received an award for one year of service at The Carter Center, where he has worked since January 2016. During his internship, he contributed to a project focused on restoring justice systems for post-conflict Liberia and seeking to integrate traditional, statutory, and human rights law. Last year, he produced a manual describing the dual justice system and producing recommendations on how to reconcile inconsistencies. Billy has continued to investigate Liberian legal practices during his field practicum this summer. “The experience has given me the chance to work with the many complexities that are involved in a post-conflict country,” Billy reflects. “The contextual approach that we use in the MDP program has been crucial to my understanding of the larger issues [in the Liberian justice system].”
June 27: Emory MDP (’17) student Rachel Lastinger served as a Graduate Assistant for the Institute for Developing Nations (IDN) during her two years with MDP. The Institute for Developing Nations aims to reshape the role of higher education in international development through research and action. In September of 2016, IDN began a campaign entitled, “Emory 21 Days of Peace” which sought to educate, inspire, and empower students working for peace both in their local and global communities in partnership with US Institute of Peace’s Peace Day Challenge: As a Graduate Assistant for IDN, I was able to work on the 2017 Emory 21 Days of Peace campaign as we sought to expand upon the initial 2016 campaign. Read More.
June 20: On May 27th, MDP alumnus Tyrell Kahan (’16) received the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which recognizes recent graduates who have gone on to achieve excellence in their field. Dr. Kahan received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 2011. During his time there, Dr. Kahan traveled to Liberia with Veterinarians Without Borders and also participated in the Merial Veterinary Scholars program. His MDP field practicums included a summer with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in Rwanda and another in Kenya with the International Livestock Research Institute. Upon graduation, Dr. Kahan has been awarded a prestigious American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship and is now working at the USAID’s Bureau of Food Security.
June 13: Andreina Cordova, an Emory MDP (’17) student, spent her 2016 Summer Field practicum working with UNICEF Indonesia’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program. Andreina’s work was focused on researching the impacts that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) practices can have on girls’ health and education. A report was published on her work titled, “WASH in Schools in Indonesia: Incredible Opportunities”. This report served as an overview of the current situation with recommendations for progress. Andreina was featured in the report for her documentation of the MHM work in the report. An an aspect of her research with UNICEF Indonesia, she designed, pre-tested, and produced a MHM comic book for 5th grade students. This comic book and the success of the project was featured in an article, “Menstruation 101 For Boys: A Comic Book is Their Guide” by NPR.
June 6: This story is written by Tyler Breen, a 2018 MDP candidate currently serving as an intern with the Environmental Sciences department at Emory. This year, I have been working with Dr. Yandle from the Environmental Sciences department on her research assessing the viability of a lionfish market in the US Virgin Islands. I am the third MDP student to work on this project, following Kate Groenevelt (’16) and Paulita Bennett-Martin (’16). Lionfish are an invasive species throughout the Caribbean with a voracious appetite that depletes local stocks of native reef fish. Read More.
May 30: MDP is proud to be hosting two students from the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. Bethany Sikes (MDP ’18) and Rebecca Spens (MDP ’19) are recepient of a Robert T. Jones Memorial Trust Fellowship through a partnership between the University of St. Andrew’s and Emory University. Another Fellow, Helena Worrall, graduated in 2016. The Fellowship was established in honor of native Atlantan Robert (Bobby) Jones, one of the most prominent American golfers in history. During his career, Jones enjoyed playing at the Old Course at St. Andrews and he was honored when the city of St. Andrew’s gifted him with the keys to the city—becoming only the second American to receive this honor (after Benjamin Franklin). Upon Jones’ death, a memorial scholarship was set up in his name to enable students from St. Andrews to study at Emory, and Emory students at St. Andrews.
May 23: MDP had the honor of being featured at Emory’s recent Consecutive Donor Recognition Event, hosted by the Emory Annual Giving Board on Friday, May 5th at the Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. The event specifically honored individuals who have donated to Emory for 20 or more consecutive years. The program centered on the MDP program and students’ field practicum experiences through an exhibition of photographs from MDP’s annual photo contest. Several MDP alums and students were in attendance to discuss their photographs and experiences with the guests. Two alums—Claudia Lanford Brown and Sumon Ray—and one student—Danielle Veal—participated in a panel, moderated by MDP Director David Nugent and introduced by Laney Graduate School Dean Lisa Tedesco. We are grateful to donors who help ensure that Emory continues to have the resources to provide the highest quality education and support for all students. See slideshow.
May 16: This story is written by Mackenzie Moody, a 2017 MDP candidate: I work with New American Pathways as their Young Women’s Leadership Program intern. Being able to work with young women as they prepare for college has been an incredible experience, and I look forward to seeing how far the program and the young women involved will grow and flourish in the future. As the Young Women’s Leadership (YWL) intern, I focus on data and research support, as well as creating and managing materials for our monthly workshops, which focus on subjects such as mental well-being and financial independence. Earlier this year, we held the annual Young Women’s Leadership Program Art Gallery; at this event, the young women in our program held a silent auction for artwork and jewelry they had created. It was enormously successful and, as a result, we are able to give a modest scholarship to each graduating senior headed for university. I have learned so much as the YWL intern and have a lot of respect for New AP and the families they work with.
May 9: Critical Juncture Conference is an international conference that aims to cross traditional boundaries of academic disciplines. The conference has been at Emory University for four years now and this year’s theme was “The Work of Art”, exploring how art works to defy, resist, and call attention to the particular injustices produced by the social construction of Disability, Race, Gender, and Sexuality. Emory MDP (’17) student, Andie Tucker, presented at this year’s conference. In her presentation, Andie discussed the use of art in her work with Restoration Atlanta through the development of the Community Coffeehouse. The community coffeehouse is an open mic event that features poetry, music, and art performances and brings together residents of the City of Refuge with other artists and performers from Atlanta. The aim of the event is to provide a creative platform for the residents where their voice can be heard. The event was actually designed by the residents themselves. Andie shared how she has witnessed art create a safe space that allows for transformation and for individuals to be seen and heard.
May 2: In April, the first year MDP cohort spent two weekends learning about techniques and best practices of monitoring and evaluation. The module was taught by M&E expert Beryl Levinger, who has conducted evaluations for the World Bank, USAID, UNHCR, and Save the Children, and is a Distinguished Professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Through a series of lectures, readings, and activities, MDP students learned how to utilize M&E to analyze and assess the design and implementation of development programs. Students then applied their new skills to real-world scenarios, writing logic models and evaluation matrices for current development projects. The M&E module is a staple of the MDP curriculum, as the current second years also completed the course last year. Every summer, many students conduct evaluations as part of their field practicums, complementing these lessons with fieldwork opportunities and making the module even more valuable.
April 25: This story is written by Bethany Sikes, a 2018 MDP candidate: During the Spring semester I have been serving as a research intern with The Carter Center in Atlanta. The Carter Center was founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to combat neglected tropical diseases and provide expertise on peace, democracy, and conflict resolution. Throughout this internship, I have had the opportunity to interact with a host of topics, from human rights to environmental conservation to foreign policy. My main project was to conduct research and compile a briefing memo for the Bederman Lecture at Emory Law School, which President Carter delivered in April. The lecture provided an overview of the state of human rights in the United States and around the world. I have also had the opportunity to meet and talk with President and Mrs. Carter, which was an amazing privilege.
April 18: Emory MDP (’17) students Andreina Cordova and Nicole Merino Tsui attended the 2017 WASH Symposium at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They were joined by a Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) student, Casey Siesel. The symposium provided a platform for sharing and expanding knowledge in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in the context of development. During the event Nicole gave a presentation entitled "Building WASH Capacity in Next Generation Practitioners", focused on her experience teaching high school students in the Atlanta area about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the potential role they can play in achieving them. All three students are also servng as Teaching Assistants for a RSPH course focused on WASH.
April 11: MDP student Sarah Durry (’18) has always been passionate about women and girls, but in the past year, she has amplified her impact on the lives of women worldwide. For the past five years, Sarah served as a chapter leader for one of Dining for Women’s Atlanta chapters. Recently, Sarah joined the Board of Directors as a member of the Grants, Partnerships, and Oversight Committee, which helps select projects to be funded with money raised at monthly dinners. Dining for Women is a nonprofit that facilitates monthly educational and fundraising dinners for women across the United States. Through raising awareness and provision of funding, Dining for Women promotes engagement locally and empowerment for women and girls globally. Funded projects focus on economic sustainability, education, and health. Check Sarah’s chapter’s schedule to attend their next dinner!
March 28: Several development practitioners visited MDP this semester to engage students in discussions about their careers, including Brian McClatchy, Elizabeth Downes, and Carter Garber. Mr. McClatchy began the Thursday night series by speaking about his work at Jatson Chumig Orphanage in Tibet, which provides shelter and education to orphans and job training for adults. Ms. Downes spoke about working on WHO and USAID projects to build capacity and expand roles of nursing professionals in Ethiopia, Fiji, Liberia, Mozambique, the Bahamas, and Zimbabwe. Mr. Garber facilitated a workshop on skills needed to work in consulting. In April, Adrienne Slaughter will provide students with mental health tools to cope with the potential challenges of working in the field. “It’s nice to balance learning in an academic setting with hearing from actual working professionals,” Sidra Khalid (’18) reflected about the series.
March 21: MDP Associate Director Dr. Carla Roncoli presented a lecture on “Climate Change and Social Justice: Connecting Science and Communities” as part of the 30th Annual Enhancement Workshop on “Global Development and Social Justice”. The lecture discussed how climate change particularly affects African Americans and how to improve climate risk communication directed to those communities. The week-long workshop was sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and hosted Fellows from Global South countries currently in residence at various universities in the U.S. The Program is managed by the U.S. Department of State and mandated to provide enrichment training to professionals from wide range of fields. It was started by President Jimmy Carter to promote democracy, social justice, and sustainable development.
March 14: This story is written by Alexandra Gordon, a 2017 MDP candidate: My internship experience with the Atlanta Urban Conservation program at The Nature Conservancy has been invaluable. In the fall semester, I served as the project coordinator for the Atlanta program, keeping track of important milestones, providing research and GIS support, and assisting with event planning. In the spring semester, I have transitioned to managing my own project of creating a story map, which is an engaging way to present spatial data, and supporting the program's partnership building efforts. Read more.
March 7: Emory MDP students recently joined the Institute for Developing Nations (IDN) on Emory’s campus for a conversation with a cohort of students from Liberia. This conversation was highlighted in IDN’s recent newsletter. As part of a Student Leaders’ Experiential Learning Program organized by the University Consortium for Liberia, IDN hosted six student leaders from the University of Liberia. Emory MDP students were able to discuss their process of choosing and applying to a Master’s program. They also had the opportunity to learn about the unique challenges that Liberian students face when accessing higher education. Access to education is a development challenge that many of our students are desiring to address in their future careers.
February 28: Eight MDP students not only participated but excelled at the Emory Global Health Institute’s annual intramural Global Health Case Competition on February 11th. Throughout the competition, multidisciplinary student teams compete in developing and presenting proposals that seek to address a real-life case scenario illustrating a complex global health challenge. The competition consists of two phases: an intramural competition composed of Emory University teams and an international competition in which the winning Emory team competes alongside teams from across the US and around the world. Read more.
February 21: The Emory MDP program is proud of its students for their hard work and commitment not only in the classroom but also in their service to partner organizations based in the Atlanta area. This service is performed through various internships performed during the academic year. About 80% of the currently enrolled MDP students engage in internship and assistantship opportunities, about half of which are paid, enabling students to earn some income in addition to practicing skills and gaining experience. Personnel from these organizations also enrich the MDP curriculum by serving as instructors for training modules on professional skills. Read more.
February 16: MDP Assc. Director Dr Carla Roncoli was an invited participant at a conference on Climate and Health, organized by the Climate Reality Project and hosted at the Carter Center. The day-long meeting was moderated by Former Vice-President Al Gore and President Carter made an appearance to express support. It was attended by almost 350 health officials, health care providers, and scientists, including several Climate@Emory faculty, a network of Emory scientists and students engaged in climate reserach and activism. Dr. Roncoli's research focuses on climate risk communication and management in rural communities in Africa. Full recording of the presentations can be watched here.
February 7: MDP student Sydney Herndon (’18) is currently serving as a Kirchner Food Fellow. The fellowship, sponsored by the Kirchner Group, provides students with training on the role of impact investing in addressing food insecurity, which affects 800 million people worldwide. At the end of the fellowship, Sydney, along with Kate Collins (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University) and Faridah Ibrahim (Columbia University), will select and invest in a socially responsible for-profit business focused on increasing agricultural productivity. Sydney’s experience with food security comes from working for three years with the Emergency Preparedness and Response division of the World Food Program, for which she conducted reviews of WFP’s responses to the conflict in the Central African Republic (2013), the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (2014), and the earthquake in Nepal (2015).
January 31: MDP student Mia Nieves (’18) was recently published in the scientific journal Health Communication. The article, “The Arts and Health Communication in Uganda: A Light Under the Table,” describes qualitative, interview-based research conducted by first author Jill Sonke (University of Florida) and a team of student researchers, including Mia, regarding the factors that contribute to the success of Ugandan arts-based health communication systems. The team interviewed 27 public health professionals and artists in Kampala, including radio presenters, sculptors, thespians, visual artists, Ministry of Health employees, and behavioral change specialists. The resulting article, published in January 2017, concludes that the integration of the arts contributes to more effective and empowering health communication. The article can be accessed here.
January 24: Throughout the fall semester, MDP students participated in several projects to fundraise for CARE, an international non-governmental organization working to empower communities living in poverty and achieve social justice. MDP and CARE have a longstanding partnership to facilitate student internships and research. Earlier in the semester, MDP students participated in a Walk in Her Shoes fundraising event. Students then fundraised through Emory’s Wonderful Wednesdays, during which the Emory community gathers at Ashbury Circle to celebrate the many student organizations on campus. For several Wednesdays in a row, MDP sold baked goods to raise money for CARE and displayed a map on which students could place pins to represent their home countries or places they’d visited. The map also displayed CARE’s international office locations. All in all, MDP raised several hundred dollars for CARE this semester!
January 17: On December 2nd, 2016, two MDP students attended the End Violence Against Girls Summit on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Washington, D.C., held at the United States Institute of Peace. Sidra Khalid (’17) and Sarah Durry (’17) represented Emory MDP at the all-day event, which featured a groundbreaking gathering of leaders concerned about gender-based violence from all over the world. The summit featured an impressive spread of speakers, including Senator Harry Reid, Congressman Joe Crowley, Cathy Russell (Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. State Department) and Lakshmi Puri (Deputy Executive Director of UN Women). Read more.
January 9: MDP alumni Tsewang Rigzin (’15) recently published a book about the Tibetan diaspora in exile titled The Exile Tibetan Community: Problems and Prospects. During his time as an MDP student, Tsewang’s summer practicums included an internship with the Federation of Tibetan Co-operatives and the Tibet Policy Institute, both located in India. The research he conducted during his internship with the Tibetan Policy Institute was eventually used for his book, which was published by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, both in English and Tibetan. He even had the opportunity to present the book to His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself! Tsewang currently works for The Tibet Fund as Deputy Program Director in Dharamsala, India. Congratulations Tsewang on the publication of your book and on the opportunity to present it to His Holiness the Dalai Lama!
January 3: Emory MDP students love to volunteer their time and give back to the Atlanta community. Recently, students Sarah Turkaly, Gabriela Artasanchez, Maria Guzman, Alexandra Gordon, and Rachel Lastinger did this by volunteering with Friends of Refugees in Clarkston, GA. Clarkston is just outside the metro area of Atlanta and is home to thousands of refugees. Friends of Refugees has served in the area since 1995 and has ten programs that help New Americans seize opportunities while bringing them into relationships that will help them flourish. Emory MDP students enjoyed a Saturday of volunteering at their annual Christmas Store & Kids’ Party where they helped children make reindeer hats and get excited for Christmas time!
December 27: MDP staffer and 2014 alumna Kate Reyes was invited to present at the III International Congress of Escuelas Nuevas (CIEN) 2016 conference in Bogotá, Colombia. The event was coordinated by Fundación Escuela Nueva, the organization behind the acclaimed Escuela Nueva (EN) global education movement, currently being implemented in 40 countries. International scholars presented papers on international education to an audience of over 1,000 participants. Presentations focused on student-centered pedagogies and deep-learning, peace and democratic studies, and education in post-conflict settings. Kate presented her published research on the theoretical underpinnings of the EN model, particularly as it relates to aspects of school environment and academic achievement. Beryl Levinger, co-founder of the EN model and Emory MDP visiting faculty, also presented at the event.
December 20: Ambassador Charles Shapiro is the current President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and formerly held numerous senior positions with the United States Department of State, including Ambassador to Venezuela. Over lunch, he discussed with MDP students about Venezuela's political and economic conditions both past and present as well as current events in Latin America. MDP students - particularly those who have worked in Latin American countries or plan to do so in the future - benefited from the Ambassador's insights on how political and economic transitions can impact development and their future careers. MDP ‘16 student, Maria Guzman, together with other MDP classmates, organized the event which was sponsored by the Global Development Student Council (GDSC).
December 13: On Thursday, October 27th, The Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) held its annual Global Health Scholars Symposium and Photography Contest. Three MDP students, Adza Beda (‘17), Ruofei Chen (‘17), and Mario Corea (‘16), were part of teams with posters featured at the event. In addition, Ruofei won honorable mention for a photograph. EGHI holds the symposium annually to honor students who participated in the EGHI Field Scholars program, which sends students to the field to work on public health projects each summer. The photography contest is open to all Emory students who participated in a global health project in a low- or middle-income country, whether or not their project was sponsored by Emory. Adza, Ruofei, and Mario participated in the EGHI Field Scholars program as part of their 2016 field practicums in Kenya, Nicaragua, and Cambodia, respectively. Congratulations to all three students on their accomplishments!
December 6: This semester, MDP students maintained a garden as part of Emory’s Educational Garden Project, sponsored by the Emory Sustainability Initiative. The MDP garden is spearheaded by first-year students Mia Nieves and Tyler Breen, who both have extensive agriculture experience. Nieves volunteered at a community-supported farm as an undergraduate at the University of Florida in Gainsville, which supplied a homeless shelter. Breen’s worked with small scale farmers while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. He also aquired experience with integrated pest management systems in the Dominican Republic. The MDP garden produced broccoli, chard, collards, peppers, tomatoes, beets, lettuce, rosemary, sage, oregano, mint, and famously large squash that the first-year MDP cohort enjoyed as a snack during class one afternoon! In the future, these enthusiastic MDP gardeners hope to involve more students, diversify their crops, and educate their peers about food systems—while also helping garden volunteers banish their fears of a little dirt!
December 1: MDP Director, Prof. David Nugent won the 2016 Marion V. Creekmore Award for Internationalization for advancing the university’s commitment to global engagement. The awards recognizes unique creation of new ideas, products, or programs products that promise to eliminate global inequities, promote cooperation, or foster respect for human dignity. Prof. Nugent played a key role in securing the MacArthur Foundation grant that enabled the development of the Master’s in Development Practice in 2010. Prof. Nugent is also co-directing the newly established Laney Graduate School’s Communities of Practice initiative, a pilot program funded by the Henry Luce Foundation that aims to better incorporate global skills into doctoral education. Prof. Nugent’s nomination was co-sponsored by the Laney Graduate School, the Development Studies Program, the Global Health Institute, and the Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory. Read more and view slideshow.
November 22: MDP congratulates Paulita Bennet-Martin, from the MDP class of 2016, on being first-author of an article in the October 2016 issue of the scientific journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. The article, “Mapping Marine Debris across Coastal Communities in Belize,” presented the results from GIS mapping of marine debris, or marine litter, in four communities in Belize. The project included subsequent cleanup and removal of the mapped debris. This study expands on Paulita’s previous work: as an MDP student, Paulita worked on marine debris projects in Belize during her first field practicum and even helped to organize a symposium on plastic pollution in collaboration with Georgia State University professor Pam Longobardi. The article was co-authored with Christy Visaggi of Georgia State University and Timothy Hawthorne of University of Central Florida and can be accessed here.
November 16: Emory MDP co-hosted a visit by Dr. Francois Grunewald, Associate Professor at the University of Paris VII and Executive Director of Urgence-Rehabilitation-Developpement (Groupe URD). Trained as an agronomist, Dr. Gruwnewald has extensive experience in evaluating emergency response programs. He has worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross and consulted with several UN agencies and NGOs. Dr. Grunewald participated in a public forum on Global Emergencies and Mental Health, including representatives of CDC, the Carter Center, and Doctors Without Borders and moderated by Prof. Dabney Evans, Director of the Emory Center for Humanitarian Emergencies. The event was part of the annual France-Atlanta celebration, which seeks to promote business, cultural, and scientific cooperation. Dr. Grunewald also met with MDP students to discuss his recent work. He spoke on the importance of collaborative learning stating that, “we are in a period of much uncertainty in the world. There is a need for alliance and dialogue in all this.”
November 8: MDP Associate Director participated in Indigenous 2016, a conference organized by UNESCO and the Indigenous People of Africa Coordinating Committee. The conference took in Marrakech, Morocco and brought together researchers and indigenous activists from around the world to share experiences and formulate recommendations for the inclusion of indigenous people's concerns in the upcoming COP22. Dr. Roncoli presented a paper on how local farming communities perceive and address climate-related water scarcity in Burkina Faso. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation through the Center for Research Environmental Research (CRED), and included CRED scientists Profs. Ben Orlove and Brian Dowd-Uribe and Burkina Faso collaborator Dr. Moussa Sanon.
November 1: MDP students and administrators participated in CARE’s Walk in Her Shoes annual fundraiser walk on October 1st. The walk aimed to raise the Atlanta community’s understanding and recognition of the struggles of women and girls living in poverty, while also raising money for CARE initiatives. The event was hosted by CARE, an international non-governmental organization working to empower communities living in poverty and achieve social justice, often through women and girl-centered projects. CARE and Emory have a longstanding partnership, and MDP is proud to play a role in this relationship through student internships and events such as Walk in Her Shoes. Read more and view slideshow.
October 25: This year Emory MDP students attended the annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) hosted at Columbia University. This conference is held in partnership with the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice. The theme of ICSD was “Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice” and was held just one year after the official adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference intended to bring individuals into the dialogue on finding solutions to the complex challenges of sustainable development. ICSD hosted students and academia from around the world, professionals from the private sector, civil society members, top scientists, and world leaders from politics to government to the UN. Read more and view slideshow.
September 20: Emory MDP Director, David Nugent, participated in a conference called “The Anthropology of Corruption,” a conference sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation held in Sintra, Portugal on September 8th-15th. The purpose of the conference was to highlight the contribution of anthropology to analyses of corruption. It acted as a symposium that gathered pioneering scholars working on corruption from a wide range of perspectives. A well known political anthropologist with extensive research experience in Latin America, Professor David Nugent presented a paper titled, “Is Corruption Exceptional?: Time, Affect and Concealment in 20th Century Peru.” The paper analyzes the strategic use of corruption claims, and the ways in which charges of corruption may or may not advance the cause of transparency and democratic participation.
September 6: MDP Associate Director Dr. Carla Roncoli recently published an article in Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development journal. The co-authored paper, entitled “Who Counts, What Counts: Representation and Accountability in Water Governance in Burkina Faso”, analyzes the opportunities and challenges of implementing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) approaches in a context defined by climate uncertainty and conflicting claims by multiple actors endowed with different levels of power and knowledge. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation through the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University and conducted in collaboration with the country’s Institut de l’Environnement et des Recherches Agricoles. MDP alumna Katie Hiebert (MDP ’16) served as research assistant on the project.
August 2: Emory MDP student (’17), Ruofei Chen, was awarded a prestigious Margaret McNamara Education Grant to support her studies with Emory MDP. The year long grant is issued by the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund on a competitive basis to exceptional women from Global South countries who are committed to working to empower women and children in their own countries or regions. Ruofei is from Peru, with Chinese roots, and received the grant in recognition of her professional and volunteer experience promoting economic and education opportunities for women and girls. Ruofei has worked in both the non-profit and private sector and plans to integrate Corporate Social Responsibility in her future work as a development practitioner. Ruofei is looking forward to the opportunity to pursue empowering women and girls and to network with other MMMF grantees.
July 26: The Emory MDP student group GDSC contributed time, talent, and expertise to Junior Achievement Atlanta (JA Atlanta), a local organization that seeks to inspire and empower youths to envision a better future for themselves and their community. One way JA does this is by hosting middle school students at Finance Park where they have the opportunity to experience their personal financial futures first-hand. Emory MDP students, Rachel Lastinger, Alexandra Gordon, Andie Tucker, Maria Guzman,Tyrell Kahan, and Lara Wagner, were able to introduce these young students to the idea of managing a paycheck and budget, as well as the importance of philanthropy and giving back to your community through your time and money. Their intended goal was to serve the youth in Atlanta and teach them how they can be involved in the global economy.
July 19: UNICEF USA recently celebrated its biggest fundraiser of the year and Emory MDP students were involved in organizing it. Two of Emory MDP’s students, Jessica Frye (‘16) and Maria Guzman (‘17) are interns with UNICEF and helped plan the event. They also volunteered at the event alongside Emory MDP students, Andreina Cordova (‘17) and Gabriela Artasanchez (‘17). Two of the students involved – Jessica and Andreina – are conducting their summer field practicum with UNICEF’s programs respectively in Uganda and Indonesia. The fundraising event, UNICEF’s Evening for Children First, was hosted at the Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta. It was attended by more than 300 guests and raised over $730,000 to support UNICEF’s work around the world to put Children First. The event was emceed by CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and honored entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner with the Global Philanthropist Award. It was exciting for our students to be involved!
July 12: Jessica Frye received a grant from the Healthcare Innovation Program/Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute. The grant was for a team proposal to build the capacity of lay health workers to do pediatric vision screenings. The project seeks to address vision deficiencies that if untreated can result in irreversible vision loss affecting a child’s quality of life and abilities. Jessica is part of team that includes Dr. Karen Andes – a member of MDP teaching faculty - and MPH students Rebecca Russ, and Kate Furgurson. The grant will support a collaborative partnership between Emory University and Ventanillas de Salud (VDS) to expand a previously tested pediatric vision-screening model and develop bilingual video training and vision screening materials to be piloted at three U.S. Mexican Consulates. The team expects that educating VDS staff on child vision will increase awareness and participation in pediatric vision screenings and ensure early detection of vision loss and better access to adequate treatment.
July 5: MDP alumna Winnette Richards (MDP ’15) recently published a blog for DEVEX Impact, a social enterprise and media platform for the global development community. This recent blog post identifies and synthesizes key work on women’s entrepreneurship in the development literature. Winnette’s blog sheds light on the growing recognition of the vital role women entrepreneurs play in boosting economic productivity and growth. Winnette currently works at DEXIS, a development consulting firm focused on strengthening management systems for economic prosperity and better governance. Read the blog here.
June 28: MDP students bring a broad set of interdisciplinary expertise and practical experiences to the classroom. For this reason, several of them have been selected for Teaching Assistantships for courses in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Paulita Bennett-Martin (’16), Jessica Frye (’16), Lauren Godfrey (’15), [RC1] and Tyrell Kahan (’16), have assisted professors including Dr. Carlos, del Rio, Dr. Amy Girard, Dr. Neil Mehta, and Dr. Bob Bednarczyk, teaching Global Health 500, a comprehensive review of global health conditions and interventions around the world.
June 21: Kate Groenevelt (’16) and Tyrell Kahan (’16) attended the 19th annual Georgia Organics conference in Columbus, Georgia. The students represented Emory’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Common Market Georgia, a new non-profit food hub organization that seeks to connect local small farmers to large institutions that can purchase their products. The event offers a forum for promoting organic agriculture throughout the southeast region, by connecting farmers, organizations, and businesses that value organic food. The “Eat Local, Drink Local” pioneer, Joan Gussow, gave a keynote address entitled Race and Gender: The Faces of Injustice within the US Food System. Kahan remarked “I was struck by the wide range of backgrounds represented by the participants of the conference. The conference crossed cultural, racial, age, and geographic lines in a manner that I have not experienced at any other conference. This wide range of interest leads me to believe that organic food and sustainable agriculture has nowhere else to go but up in the state of Georgia”.
June 14: Every year the Emory Global Health Institute hosts an intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition and MDP students have often been part of winning teams. This year’s case competition was focused on sex trafficking, a pervasive and persistent problem plaguing many of Atlanta’s communities. MDP ‘17 student, Andreina Cordova participated in a team that won third place. Her team, composed of students from RSPH and MDP, proposed non-profit accelerator model within Metro Atlanta. They sought to use a $75,000 dollar grant to invest in community partnerships that will return capital gains. These would then be used to fund existing non-profit organizations as they seek to provide services to those affected by sex trafficking within the Atlanta community. Their model would be focused on funding non-profit community-based organizations such as, Lost N’ Found, ChopArt, and Street Grace Inc, that can address sex trafficking through methods like Media Campaigns, Forums, Corporate Activism, and Photovoice.
June 7: In March of 2016, Emory MDP student Paulita Bennett-Martin was part of an alliance of people from around the world that worked to get the impacts of plastic pollution on the radar for the City of Atlanta. As a result, professor Pam Longobardi and City of Atlanta Council Member Kwanza Hall, publicly proclaimed March 27th as Plastic Reduction Day Atlanta at the Center for Disease Control. This year the team worked to create a citywide pledge to commemorate the 2nd annual Plastic Reduction Atlanta day. The pledge calls for local Atlanta businesses to reduce their single use plastic footprint. Read more and view slideshow.
May 31: MDP student Tyrell Kahan is a veterinarian who is passionate about international development, and focused on issues related to the human-animal interface in agricultural expansion and disease transmission. Close to graduation in August 2016, Kahan was a semi-finalist for the American Veterinary Medical Association Fellowship, and winner of two prestigious fellowship, the AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship and a Fulbright Student Program to conduct research in Uganda. Read more and view slideshow.
May 24: Each year the Emory Commencement solicit nominations from faculty and staff for students from their departments and programs who display leadership in their fields. Two graduate students and three faculty members from the Laney Graduate School are selected for the honor of marshaling the Emory Master’s Degree award ceremony. This year, an Emory MDP student was selected to marshal. Congratulations to Paulita Bennett-Martin on representing Emory MDP.
May 17: Every year as Emory approaches graduation season, Laney Graduate School celebrates Graduate Student Appreciation Week. A number of students who have done outstanding work at Emory are are nominated by faculty, staff, peers and mentors for outstanding s and featured on the LGS website. Two Emory MDP (’16) students were featured this year. Congratulations to Tyrell Kahan, and Helena Worrall. Visit the Laney Graduate School page to read a full listing of graduate students celebrated in April 2016.
May 10: Building on the experience and accomplishment of the MDP program, the Laney Graduate School received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Higher Education Program to pilot a new project for transforming doctoral education in ways that better prepare students to address today’s global challenges. Led by Dean Lisa Tedesco and MDP Director Prof David Nugent, the 18-month project will establish an interdisciplinary “community of practice," (COP) aimed to help students recognize the potential applications for their expertise outside of their scholarly fields under the supervision of Emory faculty with have global interests and expertise. The COP will include 16-20 students, including Master’s and PhD students from across the humanities, social sciences, public health sciences, and the natural and biomedical sciences. They will be involved in fieldwork to address practical problems in the Global South, capitalizing on the MDP’s established partnerships with leading humanitarian and relief organizations operating in a wide range of sectors. Read more here.
May 3: A new paper titled “Climate finance for agricultural adaptation”, has been published by the Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) program, a collaborative research initiative of the CGIARs. Emory MDP alumna, Wenlu Ye, is the first author of the publication, which is based on her summer field practicum research in Kenya and co-authored with CCAFS senior scientists who supervised the work. The study explores financial mechanisms for agricultural adaptation that are currently in place and identifies research priorities that “research should focus on exploring and designing innovative investment opportunities and models to mobilize and scale up private capital, while unlocking agricultural financing”. Considering the anticipated impacts of climate change on agriculture, the paper offers insights for prioritizing adaptive and mitigating responses. Read more here. Download paper here.
April 26: Emory MDP students know how to have fun and let off a little steam! MDP class of 2017 students have used the MDP program as a way to form community and promote the Emory MDP program through a soccer team. Come out and support the Emory MDP soccer team every Thursday at 8pm at the McDonough field. They rock!
April 19: This Spring, the Global Development Student Council (GDSC) hosted a series of professional development speakers. Each event was focused on conversations between academics, professionals in practice, and MDP students, to highlight the diverse needs in development work, both locally, and internationally. This year’s speakers included guests from CDC, Emory Goizueta Business School, NOAA, and the TARA Project, as well as consultants to CARE. While the events were coordinated for and by GDSC, a MDP student group, guests attended from across campus. We are pleased to see MDP students building awareness for development at Emory.
April 12: Emory MDP Students, Robert Shannon (‘16) and Rachel Lastinger (‘17), are both graduate interns at Emory University’s Institute for Developing Nations, IDN. The IDN is committed to connecting research and academic programs at Emory and The Carter Center to strengthen scholarship on development and provide direct support to development efforts in countries across the world. Both MDP students were recently featured in the IDN newsletter, for their work in News and Events, and Communications. Read more here.
April 5: MDP Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist Carla Roncoli was invited to discuss her climate research with the Government Accountability Office (GAO)’ s Natural Resources and Environment team. The NRE team is responsible for GAO's work on agriculture and food safety; science; federal land and water resources; energy; environmental protection; and U.S. and international nuclear cleanup. In addition to its auditing and investigation activities, GAO is responsible for performing policy analyses and advising congressional committees on whether and how government agencies are meeting their goals. Roncoli’s presentation focused on her work among smallholder farmers in West Africa and Southeast U.S. – which was funded by federal agencies (NOAA, USDA, NSF, USAID). The meeting took place at the GAO Atlanta field office and virtually connected with GAO headquarters in Washington DC and other NRE teams across the country. The invitation was part of GAO’s efforts to highlight work by women who are influential on environmental issues in honor of Women’s History Month.
March 29: In early February, the new Director of Urban Ag for the city of Atlanta, Mario Cambardella, held workshops around the city to better define his role. The event was not only a great way to learn more about the obstacles faced by those involved in the Atlanta local food community, but also a great demonstration of participatory research methods. Emory MDP students, Sarah Turkaly and Melanie Aleman attended the workshops. The attendees were able to learn from City of Atlanta experiences, discuss the obstacles faced in dealing with local food, and develop action steps that the Urban Ag Director would apply. The event demonstrated the importance of working with different groups of many sizes to generate ideas and allow all participants to feel comfortable sharing their views. Sarah and Melanie look forward to seeing what Atlanta’s new Director of Urban Ag accomplishes in the next year, using the recommendations and ideas they were a part of creating.
March 22: Emory MDP is pleased to be featured in the Emory University Annual Report of the President, entitled Emory Leads. Every year, President James Wagner, publishes the report which highlights departments for their competitive edge, and why students from across the globe choose Emory. Check out the report here, and learn about what makes the Emory MDP program a top choice.
March 15: This February Paulita Bennett-Martin presented to an international audience at the Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM2016) in New Orleans. Over 4000 guests attended from across the world to cover all areas of Ocean Sciences. Paulita presented Plastic Free Belize, People, Plastic, and Pollution in a developing Caribbean nation. Using participatory methods, she mapped 255 meters of coastline with community members in Belize, and collected 11,166 pieces of marine debris, of that over 93% was plastic. Further, Paulita discussed major themes in community response to participatory mapping and campaigns, "many people in Belize are used to participating in cleanups and data collection, which is a positive example of community engagement". Read more and view the slideshow.
March 8: The Georgia Women’s Policy Institute (GWPI) is a signature advocacy program within the Greater Atlanta YWCA. Now entering its fifth successful year, GWPI is a leadership, advocacy and civic engagement training for women from diverse backgrounds. Emory MDP student Andie Tucker (‘17) began a fellowship in April 2015 for GWPI. The GWPI Fellows meet over the course of one year for education, team building, and hands-on learning experiences, as they work collaboratively on a real world policy project that impacts the lives of women and girls in Georgia. On February 23, Andie joined with the other GWPI Fellows to lobby for and pass HB 827, Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act. As an MDP student, Andie, who is passionate about doing development work related to Gender Based Violence and Gender Equity says that the these Fellowship experiences allow her to combine her passions with her development career path on a local level. Great work GWPI and Andie!
March 1: Since Fall of 2014, Amelia Conrad (MDP ‘16) has been interning with the CARE Pathways program, and has grown to become a valued part of the team. Amelia works directly with Emily Hillenbrand on GRAD, a five-year USAID-funded project designed to help the Government of Ethiopia find sustainable solutions to chronic food insecurity. The MDP student was invited to join the CARE team for a 2-day workshop in Addis, Ethiopia, on February 1st and 2nd. She summarized her time at the workshops as a full schedule including, “presenting findings from the GRAD program quantitative midterm review, sharing methodology with CARE staff, and to working with these staff members to develop a set of indicators and a plan for monitoring gender-related behavior changes in GRAD and other CARE programs”. Visit the CARE Ethiopia page to learn more about this program.
February 23: This year, the American Geophysical Union selected Paulita Bennett-Martin (MDP ‘16) as a grant recipient. AGU is dedicated to the furtherance of the Earth and space sciences, and to communicating our science’s ability to benefit humanity. Paulita’s proposal for funding was to present work from her MDP summer practicum work with Oceana Belize. The paper entitled Plastic Free Belize: People, Plastic, and Pollution in a developing Caribbean nation will be presented as part of a panel discussion on The Emerging Science of Marine Debris: From Assessment to Knowledge that Informs Solutions at the Ocean Sciences meeting in New Orleans.
February 16: Over the last several months, the Emory MDP family has had many new additions. We would like to take a quick moment to say congratulations to those students and staff who have been blessed with children and marital unions. Read more and view the slideshow.
February 9: Since Emory MDP’s inception, CARE has been a major partner providing student practicum placement and internships abroad as well as in their Atlanta headquarters. Several students have worked with CARE’s Pathways to Empowerment program, a multisectoral initiative aimed to realize women farmers’ potential to contribute to livelihood security for their families. Two recent MDP graduates Charlotte Newman and Lauren Godfrey contributed to a mid-term review, by working at CARE’s Atlanta headquarters during the academic year and in the field - respectively in Ghana and in Malawi - during summer 2014. Charlotte is currently a Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow for the CDC, while Lauren is a Program Associate with World Learning in Washington DC. Their work with CARE is currently featured on the CARE Pathways Blog. Learn more about Charlotte or Lauren’s own pathways to development practice.
February 2: Back in the summer of 2014, a group of Emory MDP students piloted a study looking at sustainability networks across Emory University. The study was the brainchild of Emory Anthropology PhD student, Ioulia Fenton. The anthropologist was interested in how social network analysis (SNA) could help “get to know our own community” at Emory, “and by identifying who is who, we can learn about where clusters or gaps in the sustainability network exist”. With the help of MDP faculty Dr. Kristin Phillips, she recruited a team of research assistants, including MDP students: Melanie Aleman ('16), Alexandra Gordon (‘17), Katie Hiebert (‘16), Lauren Reef (‘16), Robert Shannon (‘16), Barrett Smith (‘16), and Tanya Witlen (‘16). The SNA project has been supported by two years of funding from the Emory Sustainability Incentives Fund. Read more.
January 26: The Carter Center, together with West African partner organizations and religious and traditional actors, convened a Human Rights Defenders International Forum in Accra, Ghana. The event was hosted by the Office of the National Chief Imam of Ghana and chaired by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to provide a space for actors from all segments of society to exchange resources and understandings on the abuse and oppression of women, and means of countering narratives and interpretations of faith-based teachings that perpetuate inequality and gender-based violence. Emory MDP (‘16) student, and Institute of Developing Nations Graduate Intern, Robert Shannon worked as a Gender consultant, reviewing conference agenda and objectives, to ensure that the forum considers an intersectional examination of gender throughout the programming, specifically that the role of Men and Boys in empowering women and girls. Read more.
January 19: Emory MDP (‘16) student, Hayley Robinett is a co-author in a presentation at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta Georgia. The presentation draws upon a Positive Influences study focused on Understanding Multilevel Factors Contributing to Women’s Entry, Engagement, and Adherence to HIV Treatment and Care. Hayley participated as a research assistant to Dr. Paula Frew at Emory University’s School of Medicine. Robinett assisted the research team with data analysis – including codebook development and thematic coding. The HIV Prevention conference brought together researchers and practitioners to learn about and implement HIV prevention and treatment programs. Sessions highlighted the decline in HIV diagnoses in the general population, but noted considerable work remains to be done to address significant health disparities affecting certain demographic groups, including women. Eager to share her work, Robinett stated “our results have uncovered driving factors that influence continuity of care for HIV positive women”. The research is being submitted to a scientific journal in Spring 2016.
January 12: MDP Associate Director, Dr. Carla Roncoli participated in a pre-COP21 conference on Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty: Indigenous People and Climate Change held in Paris on November 26-27, 2015 and sponsored by UNESCO’s Climate Frontlines project. The event was attended by hundreds of scientists from all disciplines, development practitioners, and indigenous people’s representatives and activists from all over the globe, including leaders of pastoral communities from Burkina Faso with whom Dr. Roncoli and her colleague Dr. Ben Orlove (Columbia University) have worked for many years. Partly as a result of the conference’s efforts to raise awareness, indigenous people’s concerns were included in the COP21 Paris Agreement, which mentions the word “indigenous” several times. Dr Orlove writes more on the complementarities of indigenous and scientific knowledge at Glacier Hub.
January 5: Mario Corea (MDP ‘16) published an article on challenges facing asylum seekers, “Outcomes among Asylum Seekers in Atlanta, Georgia, 2003--2012” in the International Journal of Cuban Health and Medicine. Corea, was interning at the Atlanta Asylum Network (AAN) to fulfill his Human Rights Certificate when he met the director of the study Dr. Dabney Evans and was invited to join the evaluation. The study analyzes nine years of data to assess whether and how AAN services benefit asylum seekers in the Atlanta area. Results showed that almost 64% of the asylum seekers had positive outcomes. The full article is available here.
December 29: For her summer field practicum Paulita Bennett-Martin deployed to the Caribbean to work for Oceana Belize studying marine debris & plastic pollution. During this time she spent four weeks campaigning for a plastic free movement in the village of Caye Caulker, called Plastic Free Belize. Her work caught the attention of a Canadian sponsor, Deborah Hill, who pledged a donation to pay for the procurement and installation of several new trash receptacles for the village. Bennett-Martin says “I am excited and honored. The Hicaquenos (Caye Caulker locals) are the ones who impress people their unique island , and these bins will be an added benefit to their community”. You can follow Plastic Free Belize on Facebook to learn more.
December 22: On November 29th over 550 participants descended upon Atlanta for the People's Climate March Atlanta. The march, part of the Global Climate March led by the People's Climate Movement and Avaaz, is in anticipation of the COP21/CMP11 Climate Talks in Paris that begin November 30th. Demonstrators in the march are demanding action for climate change from local and world leaders. Lead Organizer, Lauren Reef (MDP ‘16) says “this event was possibly the largest climate mobilization in Atlanta's history to date”. Read More.
December 10: Emory MDP students had the opportunity to speak with former US President Jimmy Carter at a recent Institute of Developing Nations (IDN) event. The discussion explored opportunities and challenges of connecting scholarship and practice for sustainable development programming. An interdisciplinary panel of six students were selected, including Amelia Conrad (MDP ‘16), who is also a Graduate Assistant Intern for the Carter Center. The panel also included graduate students from Public Health, Anthropology, and Political Science. Read More.
December 8: Every year Emory MDP students help to organize a number of development-focused events across campus. This year included the inaugural Sustainability Case Competition (SCC). The event explores solutions for real world sustainability issues impacting the state of Georgia. Teams were tasked with creating a 5-year plan for the state of Georgia to reduce its GHG emissions. Helena Worrall, Katie Hiebert, and Victoria Chuong (all MDP ‘16), served on the SCC Leadership Team, and expressed excitement for a great turnout at the first year. About 40 students on 9 teams competed, including MDP students: Mario Corea, Tanya Witlen, Amelia Conrad, Kate Groenevelt, Barrett Smith, and Ruofei Chen. Visit GSG to learn more about SSC and how to get involved next year.
December 1: Every Fall the Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) hosts the Global Scholars Symposium. The event is an opportunity for students who conducted field research during the summer as part of an EGHI Field Scholars Team to showcase their work during a poster session. Attendees of the event include EGHI Advisory Board Members, including global health experts like the Director of Health programs at the Carter Center. This year, Emory MDP poster presenters included: Amelia Conrad (‘16), Mario Corea (‘16), and Tyrell Kahan (‘16), Joanna Galaris (’15) and Taylor Spicer (’15). The symposium also included a photo contest of images from the field. Kate Groenevelt (MDP ‘16) received an honorable mention. To more about the Global Scholars Symposium visit the EGHI site.
November 23: A new study at Emory is exploring the idea of eating an ecological threat. The project, led by Dr. Tracy Yandle, associate professor in Emory’s Department of Environmental Sciences, explores the viability of creating a commercial fishery in the US Virgin Islands to promote fishing and consumption of Lionfish, a non-native invasive species. Kate Groenevelt (MDP ‘16) has been selected as the Graduate Research Associate and will serve as the Project Manager. She explains “by encouraging and facilitating the capture and sale of Lionfish by fishermen, we are creating a win-win situation in which fishermen can earn an income, reduce the pressure on overfished species and decrease the population of a destructive fish”. Read more.
November 17: More than 3,500 attendees flock to Atlanta each fall for the annual France-Atlanta celebration, a series of events designed to foster cooperation between France and Atlanta. This year’s program centered on innovative approaches to science, business, culture, and humanitarian efforts. One of the key events was a roundtable discussion on “Climate Change and Humanitarian Aid” hosted at Emory and centered on expectations for the UN global conference on climate change (COP21) that will be held in Paris in December. The roundtable was structured in two parts, focused respectively on community-level adaptation and on global policy solutions. Read more.
November 5: Emory MDP has partnered with many local Atlanta based nonprofits and NGOs since its inception so that MDP students could engage in field practicum experiences that connect local and global issues. One of these local organizations, Atlanta BeltLine Inc (ABI), has hired several MDP students as consultants and in fellowship positions over the past three years. ABI is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment program underway in the United States. Read more.
October 20: In late September Columbia University hosted the 3rd Annual International Conference of Sustainable Development (ICSD) in New York City, and Emory MDP had a strong presence at this years events. The focus for this year’s conference was on the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs. Also referred to as the Global Goals, they are a set of targets to guide international development, following up on the Millennium Development Goals that were implemented during the last 15 years. Read more.
October 5: Emory MDP students, Melanie Aleman (‘16), Lauren Reef (‘16), and Barrett Smith (‘16), are part of a campus wide mapping project “Mapping Emory’s Sustainability Social Network Project” which was awarded a $3,800 Sustainability Incentives Fund grant from Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives. The project is part of a comprehensive social network analysis being spearheaded by Emory's Graduate Sustainability Group (GSG). The team is mapping connections among programs, institutes, clubs, and individuals who are involved in sustainability efforts at Emory. The project aims to identify key actors who connect people across campus and to inform the development of activities to promote sustainability within the Emory student body. If you are interested in sharing your sustainability work, you can learn more about the project here.
October 1: On September 21st people from across Atlanta gathered at the Center for Civil and Human Rights to celebrate the launching of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event featured speakers from many organizations including the Institute for Developing Nations (IDN), UNICEF, and the ONE campaign. IDN Director Dr. Sita Ranchod-Nilsson noted “ the problem is not lack of information, but the need for political will behind an inclusive holistic framework for development in which no one gets left out". The 17 SDGs were presented by students from metro-Atlanta schools and universities, including MDP'ers Andie Tucker (’17), Sarah Turkaly (’17), and Nicole Merino Tsui (’17).
September 22, 2015: In September a group of Emory MDP Students will celebrate their one year anniversary as the Global Development Student Council (GDSC). In its first year year the council has worked hard to launch a series of brown bag lunches featuring local non profit and NGO leaders such as Sam Jones of Heartland Initiatives, and the Senior Director of Market Development and Housing Finance for Habitat for Humanity International, Patrick Kelley. GDSC has also sponsored a panel on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in April, and organized volunteer work for Easter Seals and Freewheel Farm. To learn more about GDSC visit them here.
July 24, 2015: MDP student Mario Corea (MDP ’16) is working as part of an Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) team with a program designed to engage men and boys in efforts to reframe ideologies and discourses of gender roles in Paraguay. Corea and his team are part of a larger study led by Prof Karen Andes (Global Health) and aimed to address teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in urban slums. A second MDP student, Lauren Reef (MDP ’16) is involved with another EGHI team doing research on similar themes in Nicaragua, which will provide data for comparative analysis for Prof Andes’ study. Prof Andes teaches courses on Qualitative Data Analysis for the MDP program. Read More.
July 6, 2015: MDP alumna Amihan Jones (MDP ’14) has been selected for a Leland International Hunger Fellowship. This highly competitive program is a unique two-year international fellowship administered by the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) with the goal of developing leaders committed to finding sustainable and innovative solutions to global poverty. Prior to this appointment, Amihan was serving orking as a monitoring and evaluation consultant with Habitat for Humanity International and with Educate! in Uganda. As part of her fellowship, Amihan will work for one year in direct programming with Save the Children in Nepal, and then spend another year in a policy setting in the Global North.
June 30, 2015: MDP alumna Caitlin McColloch (MDP ’14) authored a blog for the Nature Conservancy, where she discusses how her work with the organization during the course of her studies at Emory helped define and promote her career interests in environmental justice. Caitlin spent last summer in Ecuador working with the TNC in Ecuador helping coastal communities adapt to climate change. During the previous academic year she served as a youth engagement coordinator with the Georgia chapter of the TNC. Caitlin is currently working with a human rights organization in Guatemala.
June 10, 2015: Paulita Bennett-Martin (MDP ‘16) published an article on participatory mapping research in the peer-reviewed journal, Applied Geography. The article, “Mapping non-native invasive species and accessibility in an urban forest: A case study of participatory mapping and citizen science in Atlanta, Georgia,” shares new approaches to using participatory mapping for forest conservation in Southwest Atlanta, and describes research supported by the National Science Foundation. The full article is available on Science Direct.
June 9, 2015: Lauren Godfrey (MDP ‘15) published an article on the United Nations special summit on sustainable development to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will establish the global development agenda following the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The article was featured in the Emory's Institute for Developing Nations' spring newsletter and focuses on two Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) students who have worked on programs that specifically targeted the MDGs and their thoughts on the transition from the MDGs to the SDGs. Read More.
June 1, 2015: Paulita Bennett-Martin (MDP ‘16) presented on the “People and Environment” panel at the Annual Kent State Applied Geography Conference in Atlanta. She discussed “Plastics, Pollution, and People: Mapping Marine Debris In Coastal Communities Across Belize,” an ongoing research project. While most of the panelists brought insights from tech-heavy modeling and projections, Bennett-Martin’s paper focused on insights rooted in “practical applications, and the need for understanding people’s relationships to place and to natural resources.” After her session, she met with other conference participants, including Census representatives and Coastal NGO workers, to discuss how to prepare for changes in landforms along coasts, and how to prepare for population migrations that will result from rising waters levels due to climate change.
May 25, 2015: Tsewang Rigzin (MDP ‘15) authored an article on social and economic development in the Indian state of Kerala for the peer reviewed International Journal of Peace, Education and Development. The article, “Kerala: An Anomalous Case of Development,” discusses the history of development in Kerala, and draws lessons from the “Kerala Model” of development. The full article is available online here.
May 15, 2015: Emory MDP graduate Jacob Wood (MDP ‘14) co-authored an article published in the journal Tobacco Control on “Challenges For Philanthropy and Tobacco Control in China (1986 - 2012).” The research worked to identify the contributions of international philanthropies that have invested in tobacco control in China, describing their roles, the strategies they adopted, and the outcomes of their work. China faces some of the greatest challenges in smoking impacts on public health, globally. You can read the article here.
April 30, 2015: Since it’s inception, the Emory MDP program has partnered with local as well as international partner orgnaizations, giving students the chance to apply their skills in a range of grassroots and non-profit organizations in the Atlanta area as they prepare for field experiences overseas. Sagal Radio, which broadcasts in 6 of the languages common in Clarkston, Georgia’s diverse refugee communities, is one of the MDP program’s longstanding local partners. Emory MDP interns have helped with assessment of on-air content, interviewing listeners around Clarkston about what they've enjoy about the programming. Other MDP interns have assisted with new technology development and grantwriting to support the station. Read More.
April 23, 2015: Emory MDP graduate Kate (Jackson) Reyes (MDP ‘14) presented a paper on the globally acclaimed Escuela Nueva model of education at the American Education Research Association annual conference in Chicago in April. She gained insight into Escuela Nueva during her second MDP International Field Placement, when she worked with Fundación Escuela Nueva in Bogotá, Colombia. At the AERA, Reyes participated in a roundtable discussion on “Expanding Methodological Possibility Through Transnational Perspectives.” She presented her research on the constructs embedded in the Escuela Nueva model that are vital to improved academic success, particularly in post-conflict environments and developing countries. Reyes has joined the MDP staff in early 2015. Her full paper can be downloaded from the online repository at www.AERA.net.
April 22, 2015: MDP student Lauren Godfrey (MDP ‘15) met President Jimmy Carter before his recent lecture on “Ebola, Democracy, Human Rights, and Public Health.” Lauren helped to organize the event as part of her work as a graduate intern at Emory University’s Institute for Developing Nations (IDN). The IDN helps to build bridges between research and academic programs at Emory and The Carter Center’s Peace and Health programs. President Carter’s lecture was part of Emory’s Ebola Faculty and Community Discussion Forum, sponsored by IDN, the Institute of African Studies, and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. The entire Forum series, including a video archive of President Carter’s lecture, is available on IDN’s website.
April 15, 2015: In March, Georgia State University and the CDC’s David J. Sencer Museum hosted the first ever interdisciplinary symposium on plastic pollution “The Plastic Gyre: Artists, Scientists, and Activists Respond.” The conference brought together scientists, artists and activists to focus on an issue that is a threat to natural environments and quality of life globally. Emory MDP student Paulita Bennett-Martin (MDP ‘16) worked closely with symposium organizer Pam Longobardi to plan the event. Longobardi is a Georgia State University (GSU) Distinguished University Professor, Professor of Art and founder of the Drifters Project. Read More.
April 10, 2015: Emory hosted its 14th annual Tibet Week in March. Emory’s Tibet Week, which includes cultural and arts events, academic conversations and community gatherings, was created in 2001 to contribute to conversations about Tibet at Emory University and strengthen the Emory-Tibet Partnership. Emory MDP students Tsewang Rigzen and Lhamo Lhamaocuo (both MDP ‘15) participated in the event. Read more about Tibet Week here. in an article by Emory MDP Student and Tibetan Fulbright Scholar Tsewang Rigzin.
March 31, 2015: Emory MDP Student Hayley Robinett (MDP ‘16) has joined a team of researchers working on a project entitled, “Positive Influences: Multilevel Factors Contributing to Women's Entry, Engagement, and Adherence to HIV Treatment and Care.” The research project is being led by Dr. Paula Frew, and is a collaboration between Emory University and the Grady Health System. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of this study is to better understand, from the perspective of women living with HIV, the unique barriers encountered when seeking HIV treatment, and thus affecting ability to reach a sustained level of continued care. Read More.
March 21, 2015: Emory MDP student Jillian Kenny (MDP ‘15) chaired the planning committee for a university-wide map-a-thon which took place on Saturday, March 21st. The map-a-thon was a one day crowdsourcing effort to link volunteered geographic information (VGI), satellite imagery, and open-source map data. Over 30 volunteers attended the event to help geocode buildings in various developing countries impacted by infectious diseases, such as Ebola. Teams utilized OpenStreetMap software, which is integrated with other platforms such as Google Maps. The data editing effort adds to the growing body of geo-referenced data used in outbreaks and emergencies. The event featured various speakers from the CDC and included a mid-afternoon scavenger hunt exploring the role of GPS in tracking communicable disease transmission.
March 16, 2015: Taylor Spicer (MDP ‘15) has been selected to join the Millennial Advisory Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The committee, which includes 125 young leaders from across the Atlanta region, will bring a new generation of ideas to the ARC Board. Members of the committee will meet with aspiring young leaders from around the Atlanta metro region and will be invited to ARC and other events that will provide unique opportunities to engage with the region’s elected officials. Taylor will join joining the Healthy Livable Communities sub-committee, where she will bring continue to work at the intersection of race, ethnicity and health disparities and environmental determinants of disease. She hopes to deepen her understanding of current and future planning priorities in the Atlanta area, and to advocate for a regional vision that prioritizes social justice and sustainability.
February 25, 2015: MDP Associate Director Dr Carla Roncoli was an invited participant in a conference on Rural Societies Confronting Environmental Change in West Africa held at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France on January 29-30th. The conference presented findings from the a four-year research project ESCAPE, funded by France’s National Research Agency and focused on understanding past trends, current impacts, and potential adaptations to climate change from a multidisciplinary perspective. Dr. Roncoli has conducted research on climate vulnerability and adaptive strategies in African farming communities for over 20 years. She is currently involved in a USAID funded study on Climate Change Resilient Development in Africa in collaboration with the Climate Change, Food Security, and Agriculture program. MDP students Taylor Spicer and Hannah Cox are also working with this project.
February 25, 2015: For Tibetans, or Losar (New Year), is the most anticipated celebration of the year — like a cross between Christmas and Thanksgiving. Tibetan students and staff in the Emory community celebrated Losar this month with prayers at the Tibetan monastery and a gathering for food, dance and music. Emory has a strong community of Tibetans students, including six monks who are studying science and two MDP students in the Class of 2015, Tsewang Rigzin and Lhamotso (Lhamo) Lamaocuo. “Usually in Tibet we celebrate Losar for about a month in rural areas and two weeks in urban areas,” said Rigzin. “However, in the exile community we celebrate it only for three days.” After offering prayers at the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, Tibetan students and faculty gathered in a Tibetan family’s home. The Emory MDP program is delighted to have ties to such a rich culture and we wish many more fruitful Losars to our Tibetan students and colleagues.
February 20, 2015: Emory MDP student Brady Mott (MDP ‘16) is working as an Atlanta-based reporter for the developmental publication BORGEN Magazine. The magazine, an initiative of The Borgen Project, seeks to shed light on poverty alleviation efforts around the world. Mott has published three articles in recent months: “Prawns Pave the Way for Disease Prevention,” “World’s Warmest Year Threatens Island Nations,” and “Crowdsourcing: Future of Water Development.” Mott has experience working on Water, Sanitation and Hygeine (WASH) projects in South America, and a passion for innovative approaches to addressing neglected tropical diseases. Mott is an avid writer as well as a development activist, and writing popular articles for a progressive development magazine is helping him to sharpen his communication skills, he said. Now in is his second semester at Emory, Mott hopes to work after graduation with a project like the one he reported on in Prawns Pave the Way for Disease Prevention, applying natural biotechnologies to prevent the spread of tropical diseases.
February 1, 2015: Emory MDP student, Charlotte Newman (MDP ‘15) was selected as one of four rapporteurs covering the the 3-day International Microinsurance Conference hosted by Germany’s Munich Re Foundation in Mexico City. Newman was selected because of her background in microfinance and her work as the Assistant Editor for Microfinance and Financial Inclusion for the publication MicroCapital. Before beginning the MDP program, Newman spent two years as a Program Coordinator for Fundacion En Via, a nonprofit microfinance & ecotourism organization in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico. Read More
February 1, 2015: The 2015 Emory Global Health Institute Intramural Case Competition took place on Saturday, January 31. Twelve teams of Emory students from across the university came together to develop innovative solutions for 21st century global health issues. This year the teams were charged with developing an intervention to address health and economic issues for a former Soviet-bloc country. The Emory MDP program was well represented. Five students from the MDP Class of 2016 competed: Melanie Aleman, Amelia Conrad, Jessica Frye, Tanya Witlen, and Helena Worrall. Second-year MDP students Lauren Godfrey, and Charlotte Newman were on the student advisory committee for the event, and Emory MDP Director Dr. David Nugent served as a judge. Congratulations to these Emory MDP students on all their hard work!
February 1, 2015: The David J. Sencer CDC Museum is now hosting GYRE: The Plastic Ocean, an exhibit exploring the complex relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption. The museum is on the CDC’s main campus, adjacent to Emory University. Emory MDP student Paulita Bennett-Martin (MDP ‘16) is helping to plan an upcoming symposium, March 26-27, which will feature panel discussions, poster sessions, film screenings, artist talks, and a museum reception on the exhibit's theme. The exhibit is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Find more information online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 5, 2015: MDP Associate Director Dr. Carla Roncoli was honored at the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix, AZ with an Editor Award, recognizing her work as peer reviewer for the AMS interdisciplinary journal Weather, Climate, and Society (WCAS). WCAS publishes articles on policy, institutional, economic, and social aspects of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Dr. Roncoli has published articles in WCAS and in other journals on her research on agricultural decision making and climate risk management in Africa and in the Southeast US.
December 20, 2014: Emory MDP alumna Amihan Jones (14G) is featured on the Laney Graduate School website this month. In her interview with the Graduate School, Jones reflects on her work as a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) consultant with Habitat for Humanity International in Kampala, Uganda, the path that led her to the Emory MDP program, and her plans for the future. Read the full interview on the Laney Graduate School Website.
November 15, 2014: Hannah Cox, communications intern for the CARE Pathways Program, traveled to India in November for the Annual Pathways Review Meeting (APRM) held in Bhubaneswar, India. Hannah worked with CARE Pathways in India as a qualitative research intern during her 2014 summer practicum. She currently works with country teams from the six Pathways countries: Mali, Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, India and Bangladesh. Read more.
November 12, 2014: Congratulations to MDP Professional Development Advisor Ioulia Fenton, who was awarded a 2014 Sustainability Innovator Award for her contributions to sustainability at Emory and her leadership in founding the Graduate Sustainability Group. A research project she co-directs with Andrea Rissng was also awarded a grant. That project, which involves a team of MDP students, is mapping the social networks that unite Emory's sustainability community. Read More.
November 7, 2014: Dr. Kali-Ahset Amen, Instructor and Academic and Student Affairs Coordinator for the MDP program, gave a curator’s lecture entitled “Cultural Remembering and Community-Building through Altar Making,” on November 6 at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta. The lecture accompanied the exhibit currently on display at the museum, Afro-Panamanian Altars and Shrines, which explores the living traditions of altar making among Panamanians of African descent. Three dimensional installations throughout the gallery illustrate the role of altars in connecting Afro-Panamanians with their ancestors and in the cross-generational transmission of cultural histories and collective values. The altars and shrines reflect a variety of communities and practices, including: Cristo Negro de Portobelo (“Black Christ” domestic altar), Ras Tafari (Rastafarian shrine), Yoruba (Nigerian Ifa practices in Panama) and Altares de Difuntos (Household shrines to the deceased). The exhibit Afro-Panamanian Altars and Shrines is on view through December 30, 2014. Read More.
November 1, 2014: Emory MDP graduate Betsy Root was selected as a 2014 Georgia Women’s Policy Institute (GWPI) Fellow. This innovative public policy training program, sponsored by the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, brings together women from diverse backgrounds to participate in a 15-month curriculum. They learn how to develop and support legislative proposals that impact the lives of women and girls in Georgia, and then work together on specific issues, defining and advocating for specific proposals during the following state legislative session. Read More.
October 23, 2014: Emory MDP student Lara Wagner was recognized as one of the 2014 “30 Under 30” Nonprofit Leaders by the Georgia Center for NonProfits (GCN) and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Atlanta. Awardees were honored on October 23 at the YNPN Atlanta NextGen Breakfast at The Commerce Club, where they met with some of Atlanta’s top nonprofit professionals. Wagner, who began the Emory MDP program this fall, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia and then worked with NGOs in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for several years. She is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Goucher College. “After returning from abroad, I realized there was a gap in the nonprofit sector that I could fill,” says Wagner. Read More.
October 22, 2014: MDP student Lhamotso Lamaocuo helped to coordinate a gala event in Denver, Colorado to raise money for the Tibetan Social Entrepreneurship Initiative (TSEI). The event built on Lhamo's work during her summer field practicum coordinating a series of social entrepreneurial workshops with the Tibetan Village Project. The gala, which featured Tibetan art, music and performers, raised funds that will help entrepreneurs involved in the TSEI to start or expand the businesses they planned this summer. It also raised funds to support scholarships for Tibetan college students. Before coming to Emory, Lhamo facilitated several development projects dealing with infrastructure building and income generation in her community in Tibet. She has worked for a number of international and local NGOs. When she completes the MDP program, Lhamo hopes to continue working with Tibetan entrepreneurs through the Tibetan Villages Project.
October 22, 2014: MDP students Nathan Kennedy, Jillian Kenny, and Biruh Zegeye presented results from their summer field practicum to program staff at CARE USA Headquarters in Atlanta. The presentation reported on a comparative study conducted in northern Uganda (by Jillian) and northern Ethiopia (by Nathan and Biruh) for the Global Water Initiative, a partnership of NGOs that includes CARE. The students used qualitative research to gather data on the implementation and impacts of the Learning & Practice Alliances (LPAs), a multi-sector, multi-stakeholder platform for action research aimed to inform interventions in support of smallholder agriculture. CARE is considering using the LPA approach to other programs and sectors, so the students’ work generated considerable interest and numerous questions from the audience about the contextual factors that may enable and constrain LPA functionality. Read more here, view the report, and listen to the full presentation.
October 13, 2014: MDP graduate Annamaria Hadjuk (MDP ‘14) presented findings from her summer field practicum at the CARE USA Headquarters in Atlanta. She spent the summer working with the CARE Nutrition team in northern Ethiopia on a baseline project on environmental sanitation and children's health. The study focused on causes and consequences of environmental enteropathy, an intestinal disease that contributes to stunting and anemia in children. Annamaria led the research design, data collection and analysis for the study, which included observations of mother-child pairs in their home environments and interviews with household members and community health workers. Before returning to the US, Annamaria presented a report and recommendations for improving sanitation and hygiene practices for mothers and toddlers to CARE Ethiopia's regional and national field offices.
October 10, 2014: MDP Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist Dr Carla Roncoli was an invited panelist for a roundtable discussion on Building Indigenous Knowledge into Climate Change Assessments organized by UNESCO’s Climate Frontlines project. The event took place on September 25th 2014, in New York City, in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit and the World Conference of Indigenous People. The panel included scientists, indigenous activists, and representatives of international organizations and aimed to formulate recommendations for strategies to ensure that indigenous views and voices are represented into global climate change debates and agreements.
October 1, 2014: Mario Corea (MDP ‘16) was selected to participate in the Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Forum, sponsored by the Emory University Center for Ethics. The EASL Forum is a weekly interdisciplinary forum focused on service, community building and leadership development. Through a competitive application process, 15 undergraduate and graduate students from across the university are selected for this year-long learning experience. Forum members also participate in retreats, workshops, meetings with outside speakers, and community-based projects.
September 20, 2014: Taylor Spicer (MDP ‘15) presented “The Fruits of Co-Production: Gender & Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change & Agriculture” at the Second Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice, held in New York City, September 17-19. The conference was sponsored by the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP) in collaboration with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The presentation, co-authored with Nafisa Ferdous (MDP '13), focused on a research for development (R4D) process which generated an innovative Toolbox to guide practitioners in participatory, gender sensitive research on climate change. Read more.
September 20, 2014: Letitia Campbell, MDP Coordinator of Community and Strategic Partnerships, moderated a panel on Human Trafficking at a conference on immigration and religion. Panelists included Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large and Senior Advisor to the Secretary in the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; Alia El-Sawi, a Victim Assistance Specialist for Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Sister Marlene Weisenbeck, former president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and a former member of the White House Advisory Council of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The conference was sponsored by the Religion Newswriters Association and hosted by the Emory University Center for the Study of Law and Religion and the Graduate Division of Religion. Campbell co-authored a recent article on the anti-trafficking movement in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.
September 15, 2014: The Emory MDP Class of 2016 spent the month of August hard at work — in the classroom and in the field. As part of a course on Development and Social Change in the U.S. South, co-taught by Letitia Campbell and Sarah Franzen, MDP students visited with local partner organizations that work on issues of economic and social development and environmental sustainability throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. Read More
September 10, 2014: Apostolos Kalantzis (MDP ‘14) shared lessons learned from his work with the Thomas Project in Haiti at the GameChangers Summit in Nashville TN. The conference, sponsored by United Methodist Communications (UMCOM) brought together development practitioners and technology experts to discuss the fast-growing field of Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D). Apostolos was part of a panel on “Tracking Success and Failure” that focused on the importance of monitoring and evaluation in development projects. During his summer field practicum, Apostolos conducted an evaluation of the Thomas Project, which has placed computers in several primary schools, to assess how the computer labs are being used and what impacts they are having on educational outcomes. Results will inform funders and project managers as they plan to scale up the initiative (photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS).
August 30, 2014: Dr. Kali-Ahset Amen, MDP Academic and Student Affairs Coordinator, was awarded a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council to produce Unearthing the Weeping Time, a series of public events exploring the history and legacy of the 1859 Savannah Slave Auction. Produced in collaboration with Dr. Kwesi DeGraft Hanson (Emory PhD ‘14) and prominent Georgia museums, libraries and historical societies in Savannah and Atlanta, the series focused attention on the largest recorded slave auction in U.S. history, and new research on the geography and landscape of coastal Georgia. The series included two lectures, two radio programs, a historical walking tour of the slave sale site in Savannah, and a genealogy workshop. The events were covered by the Savannah Tribune and other media outlets.
July 15, 2014: Congratulations to graduating MDP students Annamaria Hadjuk and Kate Jackson, both of whom were married at the end of their 2nd academic year. Anna’s wedding took place Hungary, her native country, on May 31st, Her husband Andras Danis is a professor of finance at Georgia Tech. Kate was married on May 25th in Gainsville Georgia, to Gabriel Reyes, a doctoral student in computer science (human-computer interactions) also at Georgia Tech. Following their wedding, Anna and Kate left for their summer field practicums, respectively with CARE in northern Ethiopia and in Colombia with Fundacion Escuela Nueva, while Gabe also started his own internship with Samsung in California. Good wishes to graduating student Claudia Langford, who is engaged to be married later in the year.
July 12, 2014: Congratulations to MDP Program Coordinator, Kali-Ahset Amen, who was recently awarded a PhD in Sociology from Emory University. Her PhD committee was co-chaired by MDP Director and Professor of Anthropology David Nugent and by Alexander Hicks, Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology. Her doctoral research was based on a year of fieldwork in Panama and was funded by the Laney Graduate School and Emory's Race and Difference Initiative. Her dissertation analyzes the historical and political processes that underlie current dynamics of housing displacement and rising unemployment among Afro-Panamanian in the city of Colón. The study contends that urban planning and service delivery are important arenas where racial inequality may be constituted and reproduced, or could be challenged and redressed by more policy reform and inclusive representation.
May 28, 2014: MDP Director and Professor of Anthropology Dr. David Nugent presented a paper on forced labor practices in 20th century Peru—a paper which draws on his long term ethnographic and historical research in that country. The paper was part of a in a panel that focuses on State Formation, Capitalism and Citizenship in Mexico and Peru at the annual meetings of the Latin American Studies Association in Chicago IL. He was also a discussant for a panel on new forms of protest, new expressions of democratization and new assertions of citizenship in countries underling rapid political change at the annual meetings of the Canadian Anthropological Society, at York University, in Toronto.
May 20, 2014: MDP Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist Dr. Carla Roncoli is one of four international experts for an Integrated Assessment of Water Sustainability, Infrastructural Inequity, and Health in Small-Scale Gold Mining Communities in Ghana, funded by the Graham Sustainability Institute. The assessment addresses the public health, environmental, and socioeconomic impacts of artisanal gold mining and involves an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Michigan, McGill University, and several universities in Ghana. As part of her advisory role, Roncoli participated in a workshop, held at the University of Ghana, Legon on April 21-23, 2014, during which the research team formulated evidence based policy recommendations to present to Ghanaian and global decision makers.
April 22, 2014: MDP student Morgan Mercer discussed her experience in the MDP program as well as prior work with international HIV prevention initiatives while serving as a panelist at the Laney Graduate School’s inaugural James T. Laney Symposium on April 22. The event was organized around the theme, “Can Graduate Education Solve Global Problems?” and featured keynote remarks by Dr. George Rupp, past president of the International Rescue Committee and president emeritus of Columbia University, as well as a panel discussion. Dean Lisa Tedesco moderated a panel that included Rupp and Mercer, as well as Emory Provost Dr. Claire Sterk and Dr. Manuel Montoya (LGS 10G) of the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management. Earlier in the day, Rupp met with MDP students to discuss current issues and challenges facing international relief and development organizations.
April 20, 2014: MDP student Taylor Spicer represented Emory at the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s E3 Awards Ceremony, where the University was recognized for its sustainability initiatives. Emory was honored in the Community Strong category for its partnerships with two local initiatives, the Atlanta Lettuce Project and re:Loom. Emory will begin purchasing hydroponic lettuce from the Atlanta Lettuce Project, a cooperative greenhouse in downtown Atlanta, and is donating uniforms to the nonprofit re:Loom, which provides jobs to homeless and home-insecure families by creating new items from recycled materials. Taylor works at Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives and prepared Emory’s application for the award.
April 19, 2014: MDP students Biruh Zegeye and Annamaria Hajduk, along with Emory student Courtney McGuire, presented findings from research conducted at the East Lake Farmer’s Market, as an assignment for a course on Food Security and Food Policy. The proect sought to elicit and analyze different stakeholders' perceptions of the Market. The team conducted focus group discussion, stakeholder interviews with religious and community leaders, and a survey of 94 residents of the East Lake Community. They found that the Market is recognized by the community as a significant asset, but participation could be enhanced by greater engagement of local leaders, improvements in transportation, and more frequent and consistent messages about the Market's operations.
April 14, 2014: MDP Student Kunal Patel participated in the Ethics & the Arts Initiative of Emory University, a social engagement project funded by Southwest Airlines. The project — the first of its kind offered through the Emory Center for Ethics – involved Emory students, Atlanta artists, and community leaders working together to create socially engaged artwork that helps raise public awareness for Atlanta-based nonprofits. Kunal’s team produced an art installment for "Trees Atlanta", using fabric prints to virtually "plant trees where it is not possible to do so," such as in indoor public spaces. Kunal contributed to printmaking by helping design the pattern which was then carved into a woodblock and printed over canvas. See More.
April 7, 2014: Dr. Carla Roncoli, MDP Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Anthropology at Emory is a Contributing Author of the newly released Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). Operating under the auspices of the United Nations, the IPCC is a scientific body mandated to assess and synthesize authoritative research on climate change into reports that summarize the consensus of leading climate scientists and participating governments. For the last 15 years, Dr. Roncoli, who has conducted research on the interaction of indigenous and scientific knowledge in climate adaptation among African smallholder farmers, contributed to Chapter 22 – Africa of the Working Group II report, entitled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, Vulnerability.
April 4, 2014: MDP students Alexis Coppola, Claudia Langford, and Morgan Mercer presented research on nutrition and food security at the Second Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium at Georgia State University on April 4. Their presentation, “Is Local and Organic Food an Option for Low-Income Communities? Findings from an Assessment of the Old Fourth Ward,” was based on research they conducted in collaboration with Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, one of the MDP program’s local community partners. You can read more about their research on the website of the Atlanta Local Food Initiative.
March 25, 2014: Second year student Renee Barron recently had an opportunity to apply MDP skills to a real-world situation. Renee is a member of Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization comprised of veterans and first responders. When an ice storm hit the Southern US in February 2014, Team Rubicon deployed to Augusta, Georgia to assist with clearing debris and repairing damage to homes. Renee conducted assessments, prioritized work orders and served as the planning chief to make sure the operation ran efficiently. The team used GPS technology to integrate data on storm impacts and household vulnerability that enabled the identification of areas where assistance was most urgently needed.
March 17, 2014: Together with the Center for Global Safe Water (CGSW) and the newly organized Global Development Task Force (GDTF), the Emory MDP student organization co-sponsored an expert panel on “Green Water: Examining Health, Human Rights, and Business Impacts of Water Privatization” in celebration of World Water Day, on March 22, 2014. The panel featured a key note presentation by Dr. Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship at American Water, and comments by panelists representing a diversity of perspectives, including public health (CGSF Director, Prof. Christine Moe), law (Ms. Atieno Samandari), and business (Prof. Wes Longhhofer). MDP Director, Prof. David Nugent moderated the discussion. Read more.
March 12, 2014: MDP graduate Anna Ellis is a co-author of two reports published by the UNICEF Wash in Schools program and aimed to promote adolescent girls’ education and empowerment through improved management of hygiene issues. The reports focused on Philippines and Sierra Leone are the outcome of a partnership of NGOs, including UNICEF, Save The Children, Plan International, as well as the Emory Center for Global Safe Water. (CGSW). During her 2012 summer field practicums, Anna contributed to this research through multi-method school-based assessments in different Philippines locations. She then spent the following academic year working for the Emory CGSW and UNICEF conducting data analysis and backstopping of field teams.
March 10, 2014: A paper authored by MDP graduates Kalie Lasiter and Stephanie Stawicki has been published by the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food. The synthesis report is based on Kalie and Stephanie’s 2012 summer internship with the International Water Resource Management (IWMI) in West Africa and proposes recommendations for gender-inclusive water resource management initiatives. Kalie and Stephanie conducted qualitative research in Northern Ghana, under the guidance of IWMI Research Scientist Dr. Jean-Philppe Venot (now at Wageningen University). Read more.
February 3, 2014: Congratulations to MDP students Tsewang Rigzin and Mian “Poppy” Cheng and who were members of interdisciplinary teams that won respectively 2nd place and 3rd place, among 12 Emory University teams who competed in the 2014 Global Health Institute Intra-Mural Case Competition. The MDP was very well represented by 9 students in 7 teams: 2nd year students Claudia Langford, Amihan Jones and 1st year Hannah Cox, Mian Cheng, Fallon Frappier, Joanna Galaris, Brooke Estes, Charlotte Newman, and Tsewang Rigzin. Second year students Morgan Mercer and Samantha Collins served on the GHI Student Advisory Committee and contributed to writing the case. Read more.
December 2013: MDP student Jacob Wood travelled to northwest China to conduct a field site visit with Emory Global Health Institute’s China Tobacco Control Partnership (GHI-CTP), where he works part time as a program manager. Kelamayi, a remote oil town in China’s northwest corner on the border of Kazakhstan is one of 17 cities engaged in the GHI-CTP smoke-free cities project created in 2008 with a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to reduce tobacco use in China. Jacob and the project team carried out unannounced site inspections throughout the city to assess the progress of tobacco control interventions.
December 3, 2013: MDP Director, Prof David Nugent was a discussant for a panel on "Ambivalent Democracies" at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago IL. The panel examined different forms of democratic practice as well as people's understandings of democracy in a variety of cultural contexts. MDP Teaching Fellow Sarah Franzen also attended the meeting, presenting a research paper on ”Rural Development Strategies Among African American Farmers in the Southeastern US”.
November 24, 2013: Second year MDP student Amihan Jones is one of 5 winners of the Global Health Student Photography Contest. The winning photograph was taken in Kenya, where Amihan spent the summer working at Nyumbani Village, a bio-friendly, self-sustaining community for HIV-AIDS orphans and their caretakers. The image represents a young girl from the community surrounding Nyumbani, who attended school at the village and whose family Amihan befriended over the time she spent there. Amihan’s summer internship was part of Emory’s Interfaith Health Program. See her winning photograph.
November 23, 2013: MDP students Biruh Zegeye, Charlotte Newman and Jillian Kenny participated in the Health Food Initiative Forum in Athens, Georgia. The conference, which was sponsored by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, brought together members of Georgia’s food and agriculture sectors and the state’s banking community to discuss community health and development. Students attended the event alongside Kwabena Nkromo and other leaders of the Atlanta Food Commons initiative, one of the six Atlanta-based organizations where MDP students are conducting their field practicum during the current academic year.
November 22, 2013: MDP students Alexis Coppola and Claudia Langford presented research findings on inner-city food accessibility to the Atlanta Local Food Initiative (ALFI). The study focused on the Old Fourth Ward, a largely African American, low-income neighborhood near downtown Atlanta that includes a USDA-certified "food desert", lacking establishments where residents can purchase fresh food. The student team, which also included Morgan Mercer, conducted the research in collaboration with Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture as part of their engaged learning field practicum. MDP alumna Myriam Dormer attended the ALFI meeting in her new role as the Food Security Coordinator for the Clarkston Community Center. Read more about the study.
November 21, 2013: MDP students traveled to Lumpkin, GA to learn about the work of El Refugio and visit immigrants detained at the Stewart Immigrant Detention Center, a privately operated, medium-security facility that houses men who are awaiting immigration hearings or deportation. El Refugio is a hospitality house that provides free meals and lodging to families who travel to Southwest Georgia to visit detainees and conducts advocacy and awareness raising on immigrant issues in the state. MDP student Samantha Collins coordinated the trip, which was sponsored by Emory’s newly chartered Global Development Task Force.
November 15, 2013: The MDP students have formed the Global Development Task Force, officially chartered as a new campus organization at Emory University and funded by the Graduate Student Council. The Task Force will organize social events and service projects for MDP students and serve as a platform for campus wide conversations and activities centered on issues of global inequality. Congratulations to the organizers for their initiative and leadership!
November 14, 2013: MDP Students Alexis Coppola and Caitlin McColloch participated in the "Visual Research Across Emory: A Panel Discussion." The event brought together faculty and students from across Emory University for a conversation about the variouis forms of scholarship that engages with still and moving images. Alexis and Caitlin conducted PhotoVoice projects, while working with Global Health Institute research teams for their 2013 summer field practicum. Alexis worked in a slum of Paraguay's capital city, Asuncion, where she explored residents' concerns about flooding and other environmental threats. Caitlin was part of a team that investigated socio-ecological aspects of dengue fever in Yucatan, Mexico, and used the technique to better understand community attitudes towards risk and prevention.
October 22-25, 2013: MDP Director Carla Roncoli and MDP graduate Nafisa Ferdous served as trainers/facilitators for the Qualitative Research Track at a Gender Training and Strategizing Workshop, held at the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi, Kenya on October 22-25, 2013. The Workshop was organized by the Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) program and attended by about 80 representatives of NGO, universities, and government agencies from all over the world. Nafisa served as an intern with CCAFS during summer 2013, conducting research in Western Kenya, and is currently working as CCAFS Gender and Social Learning Consultant. Read more about Nafisa's work.
October 8, 2013: Emory’s 2015 MDP students attended a public event with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. This all-day event was part of the Dalai Lama's visit to Emory University in his capacity as Presidential Distinguished Professor. In the morning, His Holiness presented a lecture titled “The Pillar of Responsible Citizenship in Global Village" in which he discussed ways of brokering a more peaceful and compassionate 21st century. An afternoon panel on “Secular Ethics in Education” featured the Dalai Lama in conversation with distinguished scientists and educators. In this session, His Holiness stressed the importance of infusing education with principles of morality that are shared across religious and secular traditions
September 6-7, 2013: Emory MDP Director David Nugent and Coordinator of Community Partnerships Letitia Campbell participated in the 2013 International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice at Columbia University in New York City. Read more.
August 16, 2013: Emory’s incoming class of MDP students spent the day in Clarkston, Georgia, as part of a course module led by MDP Coordinator of Community Partnerships Letitia Campbell and designed to help prepare students for the Atlanta-based internships they will complete during their first academic year. Read more.
August 9, 2013: As part of a course module focused on the history of development issues in the U.S. South and the greater Atlanta region, incoming MDP students toured Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture’s Wheat Street Farm and met with K. Rashid Nuri, the organization’s founder. During his career in agriculture, Nuri has worked all over the world, managing farms of all sizes and working with policymakers. Today, his urban farms provide food to areas of Atlanta where poverty is high and fresh produce is scarce. Read more.
August 9, 2013: This summer, MDP students Morgan Mercer and Paul Kennedy were part of an interdisciplinary team, including Emory students from the School of Nursing, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Department of Environmental Studies, conducting research in Madagascar. The team, recently featured in the Emory Report, gathered baseline data on the health of people, domesticated animals and wildlife in and around the Ranomafana National Park. This “one health” approach may be key to solving the complex problems facing the Malagasy people and their environment. View video. Read more.
July 20, 2013: A Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship enabled MDP student Esther Joe to spend several weeks working as an intern in the Economics section of the US Embassy in Kuwait City. Esther’s assignments focused on foreign assistance, entrepreneurship, trade and investment, banking related issues and intellectual property rights. She met with members of the Kuwaiti government, private sector, and media, and with Kuwaiti philanthropies involved in development assistance in the Arab world. She also had an opportunity to assist with Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Kuwait. Esther has graduated in August 2013 and is now serving as Cultural Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
June 15, 2013: MDP Associate Director, Dr Carla Roncoli traveled to Kenya to participate in an international workshop organized by the Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) program and funded by USAID. While in Nairobi she visited MDP students doing summer field practicum in Kenya. Nafisa Ferdous is working with CCAFS on gender and participatory research, Apostolos Kalantzis is designing leadership development curricula for faith-based organizations, and Amihan Jones is developing a monitoring and evaluation system for Nyumbani village, a self-sustaining community for AIDS orphans.
June 9, 2013: MDP graduating student Aliya Firozvi has been awarded an American India Foundation Clinton fellowship. The AIF Clinton fellowship pairs young professionals with NGOs and social enterprises in India for ten months of fieldwork. Aliya has been matched with CREA and will be based in Delhi, starting September 2013. CREA is one of very few international women's rights organizations based in the Global South and works to advance the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all.
May 6, 2013: More than 130 interdisciplinary student teams competed during the Georgia Tech Design Expo, which celebrates students’ accomplishments in Capstone Design. Two of 8 teams that won awards for different categories included MPD students Larissa Sanford (with the winning team for the Interdisciplinary category) and Renee Barron (with the winning team for Industrial Design). The projects were realized during a course in Humanitarian Design and Engineering taught by Georgia Tech’s Prof. Jonathan Colton, which Larissa and Renee participated in during the Spring 2013 semester. Read more.
April 16, 2013: MDP student Jacob Wood traveled to Beijing with the Global Health Institute-China Tobacco Control Partnership (GHI-CTP) where he works as a program manager to hold meetings with national grantees and international partners. The GHI-CTP program was launched in 2009 with a $14 million five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reduce the burden of tobacco use in China. GHI-CTP provides funding and technical support to 17 selected cities to establish tobacco control projects with a multipronged focus on policy formation, media advocacy and program specific work.
April 2, 2013: As part of their Atlanta-based internships, MDP students Morgan Mercer, Alexis Coppola and Claudia Langford are conducting a community-based assessment in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, using focus groups, in-depth interviews, and GIS mapping to explore issues related to food and nutrition. Read more.
March 9-16, 2013: Trinity Findlay, a 2nd year MDP student, joined the ECHO Foundation and a team of doctors and volunteers in San Pedro Sula, Honduras during March 9-16, 2013. The team provided over 90 blind and low-vision patients with the surgeries they needed to help them see again. Fluent in Spanish, Trinity interviewed patients and served as a translator for the team. Read more.
March 5-7, 2013: MDP Director, Prof. David Nugent participated in the 2013 Global MDP Forum, held in Dakar, Senegal on March 5-7. In attendance were also representatives from all other MDP programs around the world, as well as leading development experts, such as Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. Among agenda topics were the development of shared field practicum sites, the establishment of an International Advisory Board, and the planning of a Global MDP Conference, to be held on September 2013, in conjunction with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, just prior to the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
February 27, 2013: A Phd candidate in Sociology at Emory University, MDP Program Coordinator, Kali-Ahset Amen, is also the producer of Moving The Center, a public affairs radio show with Pacifica Radio Network station WRFG-FM Atlanta. Her interview podcast with New York Times correspondent Patricia Leigh Brown was recently selected to accompany the Times’ cover story on homeless female veterans. Recently, Kali-Ahset was awarded a 2013 Gracie Award by the Alliance for Women in Media for "Outstanding Radio Host" in the Entertainment/Information category. To hear the podcast scroll down to the "Audio" link in the left column of the article.
February 2, 2013: MDP wins again! Congratulations to MDP students Alexis Coppola and Morgan Mercer who were members of teams that won respectively 1st place and 2nd place in the 2013 Global Health Institute Intra-Mural Case Competition. Read more.
December 10-12, 2012: MDP Associate Director, Dr. Carla Roncoli was one of 110 invited participants - from more than 30 countries - in an international workshop on “Scaling Up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia”, held on 10-12 December, 2012 in Saly, Senegal.
December 3-6, 2012: Emory MDP Director, Prof. David Nugent is the North America representative to the Academic Steering Committee (ASC) of the Global MDP Network. The ASC met recently at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, to plan for the Global MDP Network’s involvement in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). A global initiative formed in August of 2012, under the auspices of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and under the leadership of Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the SDSN will work with governments, United Nation agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector to define solution-oriented pathways and priorities for sustainable development.
November 25, 2012: Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, which was recently featured in the New York Times, educates low-income women from 12 countries in Asia including Pakistan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. MDP Student Anna Ellis, former Field Director at the university, helped develop the pre-university curriculum for the school through WorldTeach. This spring, Anna hopes to attend the graduation of her students, who will be members of the first cohort to graduate from the university. Read the full article.
November 15, 2012: MDP Associate Director Dr. Carla Roncoli was an invited expert in a pluri-disciplinary dialogue on "Systemic Integrated Adaptation Framework" at Oxford University, UK.
November 14-18, 2012: MDP Director Prof. David Nugent was an invited discussant for a panel on Direct Democracy and the Global Uprisings of 2011 at the Annual Conference of the American Anthropological Association held in San Francisco, CA.
October 17, 2012: Claudie Sossah, a member of the MDP inaugural class, is one of 5 winners of the Global Health Student Photography Contest. MDP students Esther Joe and Kristin Tanis received honorable mentions. As part of her summer internship with CARE Benin/Togo, Claudie traveled to southeastern Benin, an area that is affected by flooding for 3-5 months of the year. Her photograph shows children traveling on a raft made of empty jerry-cans to sell food. With this image Claudie wanted to illustrate the multiple challenges these communities face, including destruction of farms and markets; lack of access to clean and safe water; and difficulties in traveling to health facilities, schools, and other service centers.
September 10, 2012: In this video by the Academic Exchange, Emory Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Master's in Development Practice Program, David Nugent, explains how the MDP program trains students to synthesize training and knowledge across many fields to apply in their work as development professionals.
September 8, 2012: In an article titled On the Ground, Emory in the World features Emory's new MDP program as "training the next generation of development leaders to face our toughest global challenges, from gender inequality to climate change."
August 23, 2012: In the Foundations of Development Theory course taught by MDP Director, Prof. David Nugent, for incoming MDP students during the month of August, students have been preparing for their Atlanta-based first-year internships, under the leadership of Engaged Learning Coordinator, Letitia Campbell. As part of the process, students have visited community-based organizations, including ONE DeKalb, Project South, Refugee Family Services, Sagal Radio, and the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.
August 23, 2012: MDP inaugural class student Gray Clevenger served as an intern with the Carter Center in Liberia during both summers 2011 and 2012. He also returned to Liberia in November 2011 as part of the Carter Center's Election Monitoring Mission. Following graduation, Gray will continue to work as a Program Evaluation Manager with the Carter Center's Access to Justice project. Drawing on his work in Liberia - including interviews and photographs - he contributed to an article on the Carter Center website.
August 1, 2012: While serving with CARE Malawi, MDP student Esther Joe works with New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize journalist Nicholas Kristof.
July 20, 2012: During research trips to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, MDP Associate Director, Dr Carla Roncoli visits MDP students Stephanie Stawicki, Kalie Lasiter, Anna Tarrant, and Jimmy Ramsey who are doing internships with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
June 27, 2012: MDP’s class of 2013 has embarked upon their first field practicums in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Philippines and China. They will be working with partner organizations, including FAO, UNICEF, CARE, The Carter Center, Oxfam, MAP International, Save The Children, Nature Conservancy, International Water Management Institute and Groundswell International.
June 18, 2012: MDP Associate Director Carla Roncoli is featured in Anthropology News, a publication of the American Anthropological Association as part of a series of columns entitled "Changing the Atmosphere" meant to highlight the work of anthropologists who have brought anthropology to the center of climate change research.
June 13, 2012: MDP Director Prof. David Nugent participated in a conference on "Culture and Health: What is Human Wellbeing" hosted by Centro Incontri Umani and held in Ascona, Switzerland. The conference aims to identify emerging needs and structural innovations. Prof. Nugent presented a paper entitled "Social Health and National Wellbeing: Order, Obligation, and Danger in Peruvian Political Life".
May 23, 2012: MDP Director Prof. David Nugent attended the annual meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, in San Francisco, CA (May 23-28), where he contributed to a panel on the challenges of governance in Latin America.
May 10, 2012: In an article entitled “At the crossroads: The liberal arts, graduate education, and evolving academic infrastructures”, MDP Director Prof. David Nugent highlights the emergence of interdisciplinary graduate programs such as the Master's in Development Practice.
April 21, 2012: MDP student Gray Clevenger was first-author of a paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Liberia, co-authored with Carter Center’s Tom Crick, Makiha Kimura, and Catherine Schutz and presented at a conference on “Development, Health and Humanitarian Crises in Post-Colonial Africa”. The conference, organized by Emory’s Institute of African Studies, examined the relationships between states and NGOs, food and water insecurity, and gender violence and conflict.
April 5, 2012: Emory University’s Program in Development Studies hosted a visit by renown development economist, Professor Pranab Bardhan (University of California, Berkeley), which included a round-table with MDP students to discuss the integration of economics and anthropological methodologies in development studies. During his Emory visit, Prof Bardhan also presented lectures on “Decentralization and Development” and on “Patterns of Growth and Governance in India and China”, and signed copies of his latest book, "Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India".
March 23, 2012: MDP Faculty Prof. Peter Little was interviewed on drought impacts on African pastoralists by the Intergrated Regional Information Network –also known as IRIN News - a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs which is widely used in the relief and development community. Prof. Little, a leading expert on pastoralism, stressed that mobility and flexibility of livelihood strategies as key to the ability of pastoral households to cope with climate shocks. But he also clarified that “many policymakers mistake diversification among pastoralists as a desire to exit pastoralism, whereas in reality it actually allows them to remain in pastoralism and to reap benefits both from livestock production and non-livestock activities. Prof. Little is currently directing a major research project – funded by USAID - on the interaction of market and climate factors in risk management among pastoralists in East Africa.
March 20, 2012: Professor David Nugent discussed his essay, "Appearances to the Contrary: Fantasy, Fear and Displacement in 20th Century Peruvian State Formation" for the annual Interdisciplinary Workshop in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.
March 5, 2012: MDP Associate Director, Dr. Carla Roncoli was an invited speaker at an international seminar on Cross-cutting Perspectives on Climate Change in West Africa organized by the Climate-Environment-Society group of the Centre Nationale pour la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and held at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Jussieu campus) in Paris, France. Dr. Roncoli presented her research on integrated water resource management in Burkina Faso. View conference programme and information.
February 24, 2012: MDP Student Miranda Bodfish is selected for the Presidential Management Fellow Program's Class of 2012. More than 9,000 applicants applied for this highly competitive fellowship, and Miranda was one of 12 Emory University successful candidates. The PMF is a flagship government program aimed to develop leadership skills and strategic thinking for public service. Fellows serve for two years in a federal agency and go on to rewarding and exciting careers.
February 23, 2012: The MDP program hosted a speaking event with Dr. George Luber, an environmental anthropologist and Associate Director for Climate Change, at the National Center for Environmental Health, CDC, in collaboration with the Emory Program in Development Studies and the Department of Environmental Studies. Dr. Luber is a lead author of the upcoming IPCC Technical Assessment Report and has hosted MDP students as interns in his unit.
January 26, 2012: In collaboration with Emory's Latin American and Caribbean Studies program, the MDP program co-sponsored a lecture on ‘Sustainable Tourism Development in Cocachimba, Amazonas, Peru.’ The guest lecturer is Malayna Raftapoulos, an advanced Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool.
January 6, 2012: MDP Associate Director, Dr. Carla Roncoli, traveled to Burkina Faso (West Africa), where she is involved in research on participatory processes for integrated water resource management. The study is conducted in collaboration with national and regional research and policy institutions. The study is part of the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, an interdisciplinary research consortium - based at Columbia University - that studies individual and group decision making under conditions of climate uncertainty and environmental risk.
January 4, 2012: MDP welcomes international consultant Mary Picard, who will teach Monitoring & Evaluation.
December 21, 2011: MDP Faculty Advisory Board member Prof. Peter Little (Anthropology) is the Principal Investigator in a new 3 year project on Climate-Related Vulnerabilities and Livestock Market Chains in East Africa which received a $700K grant from the Livestock-Climate Change Collaborative Research Support Program, funded by USAID. The research will be conducted in Ethiopia and Kenya, with the collaboration of national universities and of the International Livestock Research Center (ILRI). Prof. Uriel Kitron (Environmental Studies), also a MDP Advisory Board member and MDP Associate Director Carla Roncoli (Anthropology) will also participate in this research project.
November 16, 2011: MDP student Gray Clevenger served on the Carter Center's election observation mission to Liberia in November. As a short-term observer, Gray monitored polling places in Sinoe County, worked closely with party agents and international observers, and participated in meetings with the National Elections Commission. The delegation was comprised of practitioners, elections experts, and academics from Africa, Europe, and the United States. Learn more about the Carter Center's preliminary statement on the presidential run-off elections.
November 7, 2011: MDP held a speaking event with Dr. Evan Girvetz, a conservation ecologist who works on environmental decision support systems and climate change impact assessment. He presented a lecture entitled: Helping People Adapt to Climate Change Using Nature-Based Approaches. Dr. Girvetz serves as Senior Scientist with the Nature Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Program and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Forest Resources of the University of Washington, and has spearheaded the development of the Climate Wizard a web-based tool that allows non-specialist decision-makers to understand past and future climate trends in specific locations.
November 6, 2011: MDP Director and Professor of Anthropology David Nugent was an invited speaker on an expert panel on Human Rights and the Global Democracy Movement. The panel also featured other Emory University faculty, The Carter Center, and the US Human Rights Network. The panel was part of a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Regional Enrichment Seminar, organized by MDP Faculty and Director of Ethics and Servant Leadership, Dr. Edward Queens and held at Emory University on November 2 – 6, 2011. It was attended by over 75 Fulbright visitors from all over the world, representing a wide range of disciplines.
November 2, 2011: MDP student Jimmy Ramsey was honored as 2011 Volunteer of the Year by the Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSGA) for his significant contribution to the agency’s work with refugees, particularly in teaching ESL. In 2010, LSGA served over 6,300 people in need through the service of over 2,072 volunteers. Prior to joining the MDP, Jimmy taught ESL in Japan and in Oklahoma.
October 28, 2011: The 1st year class of MDP students spent the weekend of October 28-30 a Global Health Workshop held at the North Georgia mountains home of Prof. and Mrs. Stanley Foster. During the intensive workshop the students learned about how to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs that are relevant, empowering and sustainable and reviewed success stories and lessons learned from failures. Students also enjoyed beautiful weather, wholesome food, physical exercise, and the spectacular Fall colors of the Georgia mountains.
October 14, 2011: MDP Student Jenna Blumenthal placed first in the Emergency track of the 2011 CARE Human Interest Story, Photo, Video and Social Media Contest, with an essay based on her MDP summer internship in Benin, West Africa. The contest received 137 entries from CARE staff in 30 countries.
October 7, 2011: MDP Associate Director Dr Carla Roncoli was a keynote speaker at the 2011 Tropentag conference on Development on the Margins, held in Bonn, Germany on Oct 5-7, 2011. She presented a lecture entitled Systems under Stress: Reducing or Reframing Uncertainties. The conference was attended by over 1,000 agricultural and development researchers, many of whom came from the Global South. The Tropentag conference had teams of students reporters who picked a scientist to interview, this is the report by one student who interviewed Dr. Roncoli.
September 26, 2011: The Inaugural class is now back from their fieldwork abroad. Learn more...
September 22, 2011: Emory MDP announces the 2011 Photography Contest Winners.
September 1, 2011: Putting to good use her leadership and organizational skills and her commitment to social empowerment, 2nd year MDP student Stephanie Stawicki is serving as on the Board of Trustees for the 501(c)3 non-profit organization GambiaRising. Founded by former Country Director for Peace Corps in The Gambia, Mike McConnell GambiaRising provides scholarships to primary and secondary school students in The Gambia (West Africa). Stephanie served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Gambia from 2007 to 2009. As we move towards the holiday season, consider donating the opportunity for education to a Gambian school girl or boy.
August 22, 2011: Prof. Peter Little, a member of the MDP Faculty Board and Professor of Anthropology at Emory published a new book on Risk and Social Change in An African Rural Economy (Routledge), co-authored with economists John McPeak and Cheryl Doss. The book summarizes the findings of a multi-year interdisciplinary research project in pastoral areas of Kenya and Ethiopia. The findings provide much needed empirical evidence to guide policy aimed to support livelihood security in pastoral areas.
June 4, 2011: Emory MDP Director, Prof. David Nugent participated in an international conference on Migration, Reconciliation, and Human Wellbeing at the Centro Incontri Umani in Ascona, Switzerland where he presented a paper on sovereignty and identity in the Peruvian Andes. Prof. Nugent also lectured on democracy and state formation and presented a paper entitled “Development: a Substitute for Social Change?” at a workshop on Beyond the Crisis: Global Justice, Equality and Social Movements at the National University of Ireland, Dublin.
August 10, 2011: MDP students Lise Afoy and JennieV Dowdle have just returned from 10 weeks in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where they worked with MAP International on projects including a campaign to raise awareness and provide support for victims of child sexual abuse. They are shown here marching at the head of a demonstration in a video broadcasted by the Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos. Not shown is their team mate Betsy Root.
August 4, 2011: Emory MDP Associate Director Dr. Carla Roncoli was an invited lecturer at a Colloquium on African Weather and Climate held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder CO. The two week Colloquium was designed to train young climate and environmental scientists from Africa and other countries. Dr. Roncoli presented on Understanding Climate from the Community Perspective.
July 16, 2011: Emory MDP Associate Director, Dr. Carla Roncoli visited MDP students Miranda Bodfish and Jenna Blumenthal during their internship with CARE International in the West African country of Benin. Miranda is doing research on maternal and child nutrition, while Jenna is involved in a water and sanitation project. Dr. Roncoli also visited Burkina Faso where she conducted research and explored opportunities for future field placements.
June 17, 2011: Emory MDP Associate Director, Dr. Carla Roncoli participated in a workshop at the International Livestock Research Institute in Addis Ababa, organized by MDP Faculty Advisory Board member Prof. Peter Little. While in Addis Ababa, she visited MDP students Mia Gallegos, Stephanie Stawicki, and Haley Holt who are serving as interns with CARE-Ethiopia and met with their supervisors, who are extremely pleased with their work.
May 16, 2011: MDP inaugural class program embarks upon their first summer field practicums in Bolivia, India, Ethiopia, Benin, Rwanda and Liberia. They will be working with humanitarian organizations such as CARE, the Carter Center, UNICEF, and MAP International.
March, 20, 2011: MDP student Haley Holt ran the Georgia Publix Marathon, finishing in 4 hours, 11 minutes, and 35 seconds. Almost 20,000 runners participated in the race which took place in the city of Atlanta. Well done Haley!
March, 19, 2011: Emory MDP Students Jenna Blumenthal and Stephanie Stawicki competed with numerous other graduate and undergraduate students in the Global Health Case Competition and placed first by a distinguished panel of judges.
March 15, 2011: MDP welcomes visiting faculty members Kent Glenzer and Haroon Akram-Lodhi. Dr. Glenzer (OXFAM) will teach a course on Monitoring and Evaluation in April, and Prof. Akram-Lodhi (Trent University) will teach a course on Development Economics in May.
March 11-12, 2011: MDP student Alicia Clifton participates in Georgia Organics Conference in Savannah, GA, as a part of her local field placement at Refugee Family Services urban farm project. The conference included intensive workshops, farm and garden tours, and educational sessions ranging from irrigation and soil nutrition to food policy and farm to school projects.
February 22-25, 2011: Emory MDP Director, David Nugent, Associate Director, Carla Roncoli, and MDP student Atieno Mboya Samandari attended the 2011 MDP Summit, which was held at the beautiful campus of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica.
January 27, 2011: MDP students attended a symposium entitled: A Worldwide Response: An Examination of International Law Frameworks in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters.
December 3, 2010: MDP Emory students and faculty participate in a highly interactive workshop on Holistic Worldview Analysis, a participatory methodology to elicit community perspectives on development priorities, taught by Dr. Ravi Jayakaran of MAP International.
December 3, 2010: Emory Report: "World comes to Emory in Global Classroom."
November 18-20, 2010: MDP Associate Director, Carla Roncoli and students JennieV Dowdle, Atieno Samandari, and Claudie Sossah are active participants in a Symposium on Global Health, Development, and Climate Change.
November 13, 2010: MDP students Betsy Root and Atieno Samandari helped organize the 2010 ONE DeKalb Neighborhood Summit and Green Expo.
November 3, 2010: Dr. Donald Hopkins, Vice President for Health Programs at The Carter Center, gave a lecture to MDP students and faculty on Guinea and The Carter Center’s successful efforts in eradicating the Guinea worm disease around the world.
November 1, 2010: Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director General of the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), meets with Emory MDP students and faculty.
September 29, 2010: MDP Director, Prof David Nugent and MDP faculty and students participate in a conference on Community, Participation, and Development.
September 14, 2010: Emory Wheel: "Emory Introduces New Master's Program in Development."
September 3, 2010: eScienceCommons, Emory MDP is "Blazing a new path for development work."
February 5-7, 2010: BEYOND COPENHAGEN: NEW PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.