Director's Journal

In her online journal, IDN Director, Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, discusses a variety of topics – from highlights of her latest trip to breakthrough findings in the world of development research.

March 2, 2013: Supporting Education in South Sudan
Gabriel Bol Deng is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Ariang, a foundation dedicated to providing access to education, opportunities and resources in South Sudan with a special emphasis on women and girls... 

October 21, 2012: Emmanuel Jal
Sudanese hip hop artist and peace activist Emmanuel Jal describes himself as a “peace soldier,” someone who “can activate awareness on those who abuse basic human rights. They are individuals who use education... 

October 12, 2012: Malala Yousafzai
On October 9th Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, was critically injured after a gunman boarded her school bus, asked for her by name, and shot her in the head. Malala is an incredibly...

March 20, 2012: Kony 2012
I first learned about the Kony 2012 viral video phenomenon from my thirteen year-old son, Erik....

January 25, 2012: China's Role in Africa:
I am not an expert on China’s role in Africa but having spent a good amount of time in Liberia over the past three years it is impossible to overlook China’s growing presence... 

October 25, 2011: Some observations from Liberia’s 2011 elections:
I was part of The Carter Center’s election observation mission and witnessed Liberians casting their votes in one rural community...

September 5, 2011: The Past Five Years
A year ago IDN moved from the President's office to the Laney Graduate School...

October 12, 2010: A New Home
At the start of this academic year, IDN moved from the President’s Office to the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies...

July 26, 2010: Visiting Practioner Initative
This fall IDN will inaugurate a new "Visiting Practitioner" initiative...

May 11, 2010: IDN-CIPA Scholars: Challenging assumptions about development
Recently a group of fourteen IDN-CIPA scholars met with President Carter to talk about the research they did while on study abroad programs in developing countries...

March 11, 2010: What does it mean to be poor?
In his lecture to the Emory community last week, Nobel Prize-winning economist and founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus...

February, 22, 2010: The Paradox of Volunteering and AIDS in Ethiopia
Research on volunteer AIDS caregivers, food security and mental health in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...

January 19, 2010: Building New Constituencies for Partnership: Challenging Current Politics of Knowledge
Partnerships between academic institutions in the global north and south...

November 20, 2009: Building New constituencies for Partnership
The USAID Africa-US Higher Education Initiative Planning Grants, and the UNDP's Global Research Initiative on Gender, Crisis Prevention and Recovery...

October 1, 2009: The Future University, Internationalization and Development
For many years "internationalization" has been a mantra of higher education institutions...

September 14, 2009: Research to Strengthen Gender Security
Global Initiative for Research on Gender, Crisis Prevention and Recovery...

August 3, 2009: Shaking the Tree
Has the new age really dawned for African women?

July 17, 2009: Moving forward: the Master's in Development Practice
Recently Emory's Graduate School received one of ten planning grants...

July 13, 2009: Strategic partnerships with Liberia
On Wednesday, June 24th, The Honorable M. Nathaniel Barnes,...

June 24, 2009: Some thoughts on Gender Violence and Gender Justice
On May 7-8, IDN co-sponsored a conference in "Gender Violence and Gender Justice" held at Emory University...

May 21, 2009: “Problemologists” vs. “Solutionologists”
On May 20th, Dr. Virgilio Viana, came to Emory to talk about sustainable development practice...

May 20, 2009: The Human Side of Immigration
Vicente Fox

May 12, 2009: Cynthia Enloe
Can Feminist Interventions Re-vitalize Development Studies?

March 31, 2009: Re-thinking the power of sisterhood without rose-colored glasses
More than one thousand women gather at the International Women's Colloquium in Monrovia...