2011 News

Little, Kitron and Roncoli

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.

MDP in Action!

December 5, 2011: MDP students need your vote to raise awareness for the Horn of Africa Crisis. Read more and view their video entry or vote now.

Observation Mission

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.

Fullbright Scholar Program

November 6, 2011: MDP Director and Professor of Anthropology David Nugentwas 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.

Jimmy Ramsey Award

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.

Global Health Workshop

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.

CARE Human Interest Story Competition

October 14, 2011: MDP Student Jenna Blumenthal placed first in the Emergencytrack 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.

Visiting Faculty Members

October 10, 2011: MDP welcomes visiting faculty members Michael Drinkwater and Andrea Rodericks.


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.

MDP Student Field Experience Page

September 26, 2011: The Inaugural class is now back from their fieldwork abroad. Learn more...

MDP Photo Contest Winners

September 22, 2011: Emory MDP announces the 2011 Photography Contest Winners.

Gambia Rising

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.

Peter Little Book Risk and Social Change in an African Rural Economy

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.

Centro Incontri Umani

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.

Los Tempos

August 10, 2011: MDP students Lise Afoy and JennieV Dowdle have just returned from 10 weeks in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where they worked with MAP Internationalon 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.

Colloquium on African Weather and Climate

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.

CARE International Benin: MDP Students Miranda Bodfish and Jenna Blumenthal

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.

Masters in Development Practice: CARE Ethiopia

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 Holtwho are serving as interns with CARE-Ethiopia  and met with their supervisors, who are extremely pleased with their work.

Laney Graduate School Blog: Master's in Development Practice Graduate Students

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.

Publix Georgia Marathon

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!

2011 MDP Summit

March, 19, 2011: Emory MDP Students Jenna Blumenthal and Stephanie Stawickicompeted with numerous other graduate and undergraduate students in the Global Health Case Competition and placed first by a distinguished panel of judges.

Emory MDP Visiting Faculty

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.  

Georgia Organics

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.

2011 MDP Summit

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.

A Worldwide Response:An Examination of International Law Frameworks in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters

January 27, 2011: MDP students attended a symposium entitled: A Worldwide Response: An Examination of International Law Frameworks in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters.