Emory’s third annual 21 Days of Peace included a number of trainings surrounding advocacy, social change, and civic engagement. In its finale event, Emory student peace builders and Neema Namadamu, the founder of the Congolese organization Maman Shujaa (Hero Women in Swahili), had a conversation surrounding peace building in local and global communities. Neema, one of the activists highlighted in a film screening of “Merci Congo” that took place earlier in the Emory 21 Days of Peace, shared her experience contracting polio at a young age and how it led her to uncover the importance of education. She also spoke of the necessity of enacting systematic change to ensure gender equality globally.


IDN co-sponsored a lecture featuring Howard French, a foreign correspondent and journalism professor at Columbia University who presented on African and Chinese relations from a global perspective. Having written numerous books on the topic, French discussed how China’s strategies in Africa have changed over the past three decades and lessons that Western countries can learn from this.


October 11 and October 30A general overview of ELMO and its main features for students, faculty, and professionals interested in applying ELMO to their research. ELMO, is an open-source data collection and reporting system designed for use with tablet, SMS, or online that is available to Emory faculty and students. Developed by The Carter Center for field research on elections, conflict, human rights, and health in developing nations, ELMO can be adapted for research in many disciplines.


As part of France-Atlanta’s annual series on transatlantic cooperation, the 2018 Humanitarian Forum discussed gender-based violence in conflict or emergency settings through two panels. The first, “When #MeToo Meets War”, explored how violence is exacerbated in these conditions. The second, “Hidden Emergency: Sex Trafficking from Conflict Zones to Atlanta” centered on the sex traffic trade and Atlanta’s role in leading the country to address it.

Open Classroom  and Discussion  with Helena Ribe

April 12: A discussion with Dr. Helena Ribe, an international development economist, on the World Bank’s approach to development and poverty reduction. Recently retired from the World Bank, Ribe drew from personal experience and her book “From Right to Reality: Incentives, Labor Markets and the Challenge of Universal Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean” to characterize development over the last four decades.

Cultivating the next generation  of healthcare leaders: Coffee Hour  with Dr. Afaf I. Meleis

April 9: A discussion with Dr. Afaf I. Meleis, former Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing (2002-2014). A leading expert on global health and immigrant and women’s health, Meleis discussed her scholarship in societal inequities, the gender divide, and Transitions Theory as well as her leadership in the International Council on Women’s Health Issues.

ELMO: Real Time Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis for Your Field Research

March 6 and April 3: A general overview of ELMO and its main features for students, faculty, and professionals interested in applying ELMO to their research. ELMO is an open-source data collection and reporting system designed for use with tablet, SMS or online that is available to Emory faculty and students. Developed by The Carter Center for field research on elections, conflict, human rights, and health in developing nations, ELMO can be adapted for research in many disciplines.


February 27: Emory’s Institute for Developing Nations and The Carter Center’s Democracy program hosted a two day workshop on “Measuring Violence Against Women in Elections” on February 26 and 27, 2018 convening scholars and practitioners working in this field. At the end of the workshop, we held a public lecture to present their research and work aimed at combatting violence against women in political processes and elections. Watch video.

ELMO 101

November 15: A general overview of ELMO and its main features for students, faculty, and professionals interested in applying ELMO to their research. ELMO is an open-source data collection and reporting system designed for use with tablet, SMS or online that is available to Emory faculty and students. Developed by The Carter Center for field research on elections, conflict, human rights, and health in developing nations, ELMO can be adapted for research in many disciplines.

21 Days of Peace

September 1-21: For Emory’s 21 Days of Peace finale event, Marguerite Barankitse, a world-renowned Burundian humanitarian and founder of Maison Shalom, had a conversation with peace advocates at Emory. The peace advocates asked questions about the history of Burundi and the work Marguerite had taken part after the conflict that had taken place in her home country. Marguerite gave advice on how she carries on doing the work of building peace despite the hardships she has endured. She also discussed how her faith plays a role in her work in order to live in and create a more peaceful world. Watch video.

Using Data Collection Technology in Your Fieldwork: Negotiating Trust, Challenges, and Intimacy

April 12: A panel discussion with Rachel Harmon, Prof. Carol Worthman, and Kathy Trang moderated by Siti Sarah Muwahidah discussed their field research experiences using ELMO. They discussed how the relationship between ethics and research is rapidly changing as researchers in the field are now expected to invest in the societies where they are conducting their research. Through their experiences in the field, the speakers illustrated the many ways they not only were able to conduct substantive research using ELMO, but how they were also able to contribute back on a long-term and immediate basis.  

Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa: The Logic of the Coup-Civil War Trap

April 7: A brown bag book discussion with Professor Philip Roessler on "Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa" which explores the strategic logic of war and peace in weak states, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Roessler is the assistant professor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary as well as the Director of the Center for African Development (CAD) at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR).

Tea and Conversation with Ambassador Zhong Jianhua: Former Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs

April 6: This event featured Ambassador Zhong Jianhua, Former Special Representative on African Affairs for the Chinese Government Former Chinese Ambassador to South Africa. The event was in collaboration with The Halle Institute at Emory University and was part of the 3rd Emory University-Carte Center US-China Relations Speaker Series.


April 5: This event followed the "China's "One Belt, One Road" Initiative and its Implications for Sino-African Relations" lecture and allowed for intimate conversation between Ambassador Zhong and Emory University students and professors.

ELMO: Real Time Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis for Your Field Research

March 30: A general overview of ELMO and its main features for students, faculty, and professionals interested in applying ELMO to their research. ELMO is an open-source data collection and reporting system designed for use with tablet, SMS or online that is available to Emory faculty and students. Developed by The Carter Center for field research on elections, conflict, human rights, and health in developing nations, ELMO can be adapted for research in many disciplines.

An inside look of the exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease created by The American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with The Carter Center

March 21: This event featured an interview with Mark Siddall, Curator, American Museum of Natural History, and Makoy Samuel Yibi, Coordinator for Neglected Tropical Diseases, South Sudan Ministry of Health. The event also included a reception and the opportunity to tour the multimedia exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, which explores diseases on track for eradication or elimination.

ELMO: Real Time Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis for Your Field Research

January 24: An introduction to ELMO and how this data collection and reporting system tool can be used in research in the field of the humanities, social sciences, public health, and others.

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Perspectives from International Election Observers

January 20: A panel of internationally recognized election experts offered their observations and insights about the U.S. presidential election in light of international election standards. Participants included: Gerardo de Icaza, Director, Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation, Organization of American States • Richard Lappin, Deputy Head of Elections Department at OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights • Avery Davis-Roberts, Associate Director, Democracy Program, The Carter Center • Moderated by: David Carroll, Director, Democracy Program, The Carter Center

A discussion of #FeesMustFall with Dr. Brett Pyper

November 17: #FeesMustFall is a student led protest movement that began in mid-October 2015 in response to an increase in fees at South African universities. Professor Brett Pyper began his career as an arts administrator and facilitator of developmental music projects during the transition from apartheid, before taking up a Fulbright Scholarship in the US. He holds Masters degrees from Emory University and New York University and conducted his PhD on contemporary jazz culture in South Africa, also from NYU. He is currently the head of the University of The Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa.

ELMO: Real Time Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis for Your Field Research

November 10: An introduction to ELMO and how this data collection and reporting system tool can be used in research in the field of the humanities, social sciences, public health, and others.

ELMO in the Field: A Participant-Driven Mapping of Psychosocial Risk Among Vietnamese MSM

November 7: An event on how ELMO was used in documenting Biocultural Anthropology Field Research in Hanoi, Vietnam with IDN funded, Emory University PhD student, Kathy Trang.

Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice: The Radical Potential of Human Rights

October 13: Radhika Balakrishnan is the faculty director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. Balakrishnan addressed how human rights have the potential to transform economic thinking and policy-making with far-reaching consequences for social justice. She argues that the dominant approach to economic policy has so far failed to adequately address the pressing challenges the world faces today: extreme poverty, widespread joblessness and precarious employment, burgeoning inequality, and large-scale environmental threats.

Emory 21 Days of Peace

September 1-21: The International Day of Peace is observed annually on September 21 throughout the world. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the United Nations General Assembly declared September 21 as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” The Institute for Developing Nations presented Emory 21 Days of Peace in collaboration with The Carter Center and The U.S. Institute of Peace. This year’s theme for Emory 21 Days of Peace was Building Peace Globally and Locally. See more here.

UN Women

April 22: On Friday, April 22, 2016, Gabrielle Bardall, The Carter Center human rights analyst for Burundi, talked about her experience using ELMO to document human rights abuses in that country. Bardall’s presentation was part of the ELMO Initiative, an on-going collaboration with The Carter Center’s Democracy Program. After providing a brief overview the conflict in Burundi, Bardall shared the difficulty of collecting and sharing data to document electoral and human rights abuses and how ELMO has made this process much safer and efficient. She said: “ELMO is an extraordinary powerful tool…it liberates organizations from having to spend their life manually inputting, cleaning, and correcting data to focus on analyzing, visualizing, thinking about it, and really trying to address the causes and nature of the issue. Most importantly, its discrete system provides security for election violence observers in a way that it did not exist before."

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

April 19: On April 19, IDN co-sponsored a discussion as part of the 6th annual Africa Belle festival themed Heroines d’Afrique, sheroes of Africa, carried out by Alliance Française d’Atlanta. This discussion was titled My body is not a battle ground: the arts, sexual violence and human rights in the DRC, a conversation between Ms. Lauren Wolfe and Dr. Subha Xavier, moderated by Dr. Sita Ranchod-Nilsson. Ms. Lauren Wolfe is an award winning journalist and the director of The Women Media Center’s Women Under Siege project, a journalism initiative that investigates how rape and other forms of sexualized violence are used as tools in genocide and conflict throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Dr. Subha Xavier is an assistant professor of French and Francophone literature at Emory University’s Department of French and Italian. This event was co-sponsored by The Bronzlens Film Festival, Emory University Department of French and Italian, and The Institute for Developing Nations.  Watch the video.

UN Women

March 15: As part of her participation in “Conversations at The Carter Center: The Power of Information,”María Machicado Terán, UN Women Country Representative in Guatemala met with Emory University students for a discussion on UN Women, progress on the SDGs and the situation of women in Latin America. María Machicado Terán is a Bolivian economist who has worked in the design of public policies with a gender perspective, including the Bolivian Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Institutional Reform Program of the State, and the National Institute of Statistics. As vice minister of Gender, Generation, and Family Affairs of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Planning, she was in charge of promoting the mainstreaming of gender in relevant ministries, and the relations with women’s organizations and children’s rights advocates. She holds a Master in Management and Public Policies. She has taught public policies, gender, and social policies in different Bolivian universities and was a guest teacher for Gender Analysis in Development Projects in Ecuador and Paraguay. For the past 12 years she has worked for the United Nations. In 2012 she was appointed the first UN Women Country Representative in Guatemala.

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

February 25: Professor An-Na’im explored what he refers to as a people-centered alternative to the current state-centric enforcement model for human rights. This is not simply about replacing an ineffective enforcement model with a more effective cultural and political alternative. Instead, professor An-Na’im claims that the current legalistic, state-centric approach has utterly and totally failed in providing any protection of human rights whatsoever. To put it bluntly, there is no possibility of any form or degree of protection of universal human rights except by human beings for themselves, in their own communities. View photos. Watch the video.

Markku Suksi Event

February 16: The Institute for Developing Nations and The Carter Center’s Democratic Election Standards Project hosted Professor Markku Suksi, an expert in electoral participation, constitutional law and comparative law, for six weeks this winter. On February 16, he gave a presentation on his current research which looked at more than fifteen cases in which Election Observation Mission (EOM) reports were used to provide evidence in human rights cases. The cases, which were heard by regional human rights bodies, were used in three different ways: (1) To illustrate the circumstances of the case, (2) to provide indirect or corroborating evidence to support individual claims, and (3) to provide direct evidence of human rights violations. According to Professor Suksi, the use of EOM reports is a relatively new development and one that has begun to strengthen the dialogue between EOMs and international human rights courts, particularly the European Court of Human Rights. He predicted that the use of mission reports as evidence will continue to grow within the European Union and other treaty bodies. Following the presentation, Professor Suksi and the audience, which included election monitoring practitioners as well as legal and human rights scholars, had a lively discussion about how EOM reports are compiled, how this trend would impact EOMs, and opportunities for collaboration between human rights advocates and EOMs.

 Three presidents, one conversation

February 16: Three presidents met on the stage in The Carter Center's Cecil B. Day Chapel last Wednesday: former US President Jimmy Carter, former Emory President James T. Laney, and current Emory President James W. Wagner. Hosted by the Emory Alumni Association, the event, "Presidents in Conversation: Legacies of Leadership," would have been a historic and noteworthy occasion even without the coincidence of three such prominent figures sharing the same first name. Read more. Watch the video.

Graduate Education and Global Development: A Conversation between University Distinguished Professor Jimmy Carter and Graduate Students

November 18: The Institute for Developing Nations hosted a conversation between University Distinguished Professor, President Jimmy Carter and Emory University Graduate Students with an introduction from Dean Lisa Tedesco, James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs-Graduate Studies. The graduate student participants included Oumer Abdurahman, Foege Fellow and Ethiopia Ministry of Health; Grant Buckles, Laney Graduate School Political Science doctoral student; Amelia Conrad, Laney Graduate School, Master's in Development Practice student; Nicole Devereaux, Rollins School of Public Health student; Abidemi Fasanmi, Laney Graduate School, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies doctoral student; and Daniel Thompson, Laney Graduate School, Anthropology doctoral student. Professor Carter and the graduate students discussed their research in developing nations, their professional development, and the necessity of connecting scholarship and practice. Professor Carter related the topics to various research that The Carter Center has been conducting and encouraged the students to continue their important work. Watch video and slideshow. View the event program with student biographies. 

Graduate Education and Global Development: A Conversation between University Distinguished Professor Jimmy Carter and Graduate Students

November 9: The Institute for Developing Nations and the Carter Center were pleased to host Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs to discuss with the Emory community the importance of U.S. Africa Partnerships. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s career in the Foreign Service spans more than 34-years years and has included serving as Ambassador to Liberia, as well as postings in Switzerland (at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations), Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. With years of experience and a reputation of visibility in the community contributing to her acknowledgment as “the people’s ambassador,” Ambassador Greenfield spoke on the bright future of Africa and what we can do to increase its prosperity. In this discussion Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield outlined what she sees as crucial for U.S.-African Partnerships which includes strengthening democratic institutions as the highest priority by focusing on election monitoring and fighting corruption. Also, she spoke on promoting development through investments in the next generation of African leaders by building leadership skills, bolstering entrepreneurship, and connecting young African entrepreneurs with one another and the United States. Lastly, she addressed the importance of a healthy population and healthcare system that can respond to emergencies. Read article by Global Atlanta. Watch video and slideshow.

Ebola Discussion Forum

April 8: Building on important strides made by election assistance practitioners, as well as on the surge of research interest in the causes and effects of election quality, this panel explores the challenges and opportunities for academic/practitioner collaborations in measuring the quality of elections. Watch Video.

Ebola Discussion Forum

March 30: The Global Development Student Council and the Rollins Student Government Association organized an expert panel on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, particularly focused on the transition between the health related Millennium Development Goals and the SDGs. Dr. Carlos del Rio, Chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health, moderated the panel that featured Dr. Mohammed K. Ali, Assistant Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Dr. Robert Breiman, Director of the Emory Global Health Institute, and Susan Somach, JD and Visiting Faculty of the Master¿s in Development Practice Program. The lively and dynamic panel discussion featured insightful questions from the student audience. The event was live tweeted by @emorygdsc using #post2015health. The Rollins School of Public Health¿s Health Policy and Management Department and the Institute for Developing Nations co-sponsored the event. 

Ebola Discussion Forum

Spring: The Emory community is engaged in global efforts to address the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the largest outbreak of this deadly disease in history. This semester, all schools at Emory are joining forces to sponsor a community-wide forum to explore multiple, integrated dimensions of the impact of the pandemic on public health, development, governance, public policy, law and civil liberties, economics and religion/culture, as well as related ethical considerations. Read more. 

Conversations at TCC

October 16: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 7¿8 pm (EDT) Presented in partnership with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, this discussion will feature a keynote address by President Carter, followed by a Q&A moderated by Steve Orlins, committee president. The event will be webcast live to audiences in more than 60 U.S. venues. Read more.


October 15:  IDN, The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and The Carter Center were pleased to host award-winning journalist and author James Copnall to discuss his book A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan¿s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce. What happened when Africa's biggest country split in two? When South Sudan ran up its flag as an independent nation in July 2011, it was one of the least developed places on earth. Three years on, it is being torn apart by a devastating civil war. Sudan, the 'rump state' diminished by South Sudan's secession, struggles with its own internal conflicts, including the decade-long war in Darfur. In the years after the split, the two Sudans dealt with crippling economic challenges, struggled with new and old rebellions, and fought each other along their disputed border. Benefiting from unsurpassed access to the politicians, rebels, thinkers and events that are shaping the Sudans, Copnall draws a compelling portrait of two misunderstood countries. The critically acclaimed A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts argues that Sudan and South Sudan remain deeply interdependent, despite their separation. It also diagnoses the political failings that threaten the future of both countries, and critiques the international responses to the crises in the two Sudans. The author puts the turmoil of the years after separation into a broader context, reflecting the voices, hopes and experiences of Sudanese and South Sudanese from all walks of life. Watch Video.

Conversations at TCC

September 16: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 7¿8:30 pm (EDT) Hear former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter discuss recent Carter Center peace and health initiatives around the world. Tickets are $20 each. The link to purchase tickets will be available here on Monday, Aug 18. Read more.

Research, Reporting and Advocacy

September 16: Scholars, journalists and non-governmental organizations all trade in the currency of knowledge. Technology is creating new and rapidly proliferating opportunities for sharing information, including online publications, blogs and op-eds, as well as new opportunities for collaboration. While opportunities for public scholarship have never been greater, models of collaboration are less clear. How can scholars, journalists and NGOs connect in meaningful ways? What are the lines between and amongst advocacy, reporting, and scholarship? Such issues come into particularly sharp focus with the challenges of reporting on conflict and violence situations. These questions become even more complex and urgent in the evolving space of online journalism. IDN and The Carter Center¿s Mental Health Program invited a distinguished panel of experts to address these questions, including award winning journalists Lauren Wolfe, Bill Lichtenstein, and Ioana Avadani, Emory professor Pamela Scully, and Emory PhD candidate Sabrina Karim. Read more. Watch Video.

Sexual Violence and Conflict in Syria

September 15: The global campaigns to treat sexual violence during conflict as war crimes and to include women in peace processes have made notable strides over the past decade. Yet, sexual violence in conflict continues on a horrific scale. This is true in Syria, where the brutal conflict continues after more than three years with no resolution in sight. Sexual violence, including rape and other forms of sexual assault, is being perpetrated by all sides. Sex trafficking is taking place in the border areas and in refugee camps, and women and girls are being forced into "one-hour" marriages against their will. In 2013 alone, over 38,000 people sought help from the United Nations after surviving sexual or other gender-based violence in Syria, a number that is likely vastly underreported. IDN and The Carter Center invited a panel of distinguished experts to talk about the role of sexual violence in the Syrian conflict and the surrounding region, what is being done to address it and what it will take to address the needs of survivors. The panel included Lauren Wolfe, Christopher McNaboe, Liz McLaughlin, and Pamela Scully. Read more. Watch Video.

Sudan Sustainable Energy

March 20: Watch Video.

Nelson Mandela

December 10: An event at Emory celebrating the life and work of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is set for Tuesday, December 10. An internationally recognized human rights activist and revered elder statesman — considered "the father of the country" in South Africa — Mandela died December 5 at the age of 95 following a lingering battle with a lung infection. Read more.

IDN Film Series: Lauren Wolfe

November 19: Syria has been called “the great tragedy of this century” by the United Nations. As of September, two million refugees are registered with the UN Refugee Agency, and there are rumors that a least a million more are unregistered. Some sources estimate that more than 115,000 have been killed in the conflict. The count of women and men raped and tortured, however, is not clear. Through her work at Women Under Siege at the Women’s Media Center, journalist Lauren Wolfe is aggregating reports on sexualized violence in a live, online crowdmap. Watch Video.

Deborah Brautigam

November 12: Media headlines present a picture of China’s involvement in Africa that focuses on China’s growing need for resources and its focus on investment instead of development assistance. Professor Deborah Bräutigam, a leading authority on China’s role in Africa, went beyond the headlines to sort the myths from the realities of China’s aid and economic engagement. Watch Video.

IDN Film Series: I Came to Testify

November 7When the Balkans exploded into war in the 1990s, reports that tens of thousands of women were being systematically raped as a tactic of ethnic cleansing captured the international spotlight. I Came to Testify is the moving story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law.

IDN Film Series: Gender Against Men

October 22: Gender Against Men exposes the hidden world of sexual and gender-based violence against men in the conflicts of the African Great Lakes Region. The film demonstrates how male identities are under attack and how rape when used as a weapon of war affects husbands, fathers, brothers and the community. Click here for more information.

IDN Film Series: Sexual Violence, War, and Reconciliation

October 10: During the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s seven year war, more than 80,000 women and girls were raped.  Fighting the Silence tells the story of ordinary women and men struggling to change their society. Husbands talk of the pressures that led them to abandon their wives. Soldiers and policemen share their (shocking) views about why rape continues to flourish in the Congo. Click here for more information.

IDN Film Series: Sexual Violence, War, and Reconciliation

October 10-November 19: Emory's Institute for Developing Nations (IDN) is hosting a film series on Sexual Violence, War, and Reconciliation Oct 10 - Nov 19. Following each screening, practitioners and scholars will discuss their work in areas related to sexual violence, war, and reconciliation. Click here for more information.

Conversations at the Carter Center: Peace in the Sudans

October 15: In 2011, South Sudan celebrated its independence after more than two decades of war, but conflict in the region continues. An expert panel will discussed the Carter Center's efforts to strengthen peace and create a lasting understanding between the two countries, including most recently a series of dialogues between prominent leaders from Sudan and South Sudan. Click here for more information.

Faculty Seminar on Memory and Memorialization in Sudan and South Sudan

October 14: Faculty Seminar on Memory and Memorialization in Sudan and South Sudan, featuring Professor Jok Madut Jok, The Sudd Institute, South Sudan and Ambassdor Nureldin Satti, National Library of Sudan. Faculty from Emory, Kennesaw State, and GA Tech from the disciplines of history, African studies, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, law, and technology discussed issues surrounding memory and memorialization in Sudan and South Sudan after two decades of civil war.

Disease Elimination and Eradication in Theory and Practice: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives

April 26-27: Emory University Institute for Developing Nations will convene a multi-disciplinary conversation on the theory and practice of eradication on April 26-27. Panels of scholars from the social sciences, humanities, and public health will be oriented around sets of key questions in order to move beyond traditional disciplinary and disease-specific boundaries. Mindful of historical perspectives on eradication campaigns in the twentieth century, this conference aims to engage with contemporary and projected disease eradication initiatives. Click here for more information. Watch Video.

Susan Page

April 22: Susan D. Page was confirmed as the Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan on October 18, 2011. Previously Ms. Page was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State covering central and southern Africa and Sudan. She first joined the State Department in 1991 in the Office of the Legal Adviser for Politico-Military Affairs. From 1993-2001, Page worked as legal advisor and political officer at U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya; Gaborone, Botswana; and Kigali, Rwanda.  Click here for more information. Watch Video.

President Jimmy Carter “The Expansion of Democracy”

April 18: On April 18 IDN hosted President Jimmy Carter for an afternoon talk open to students and the Emory community. Emory President Emeritus James T. Laney introduced President Carter who discussed “The Expansion of Democracy.” President Carter’s presidency has been lauded as one that advocated for human rights. During his talk, President Carter noted how democracy “falls under the umbrella of human rights.” He explained the work of The Carter Center’s Democracy Program throughout the world. Click here for more information. Watch Video.


March 28: Coexist examines the legacy of catastrophic “othering” that led to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and the unprecedented mandated reconciliation efforts happening now in the small East African nation. The film chronicles the experiences and perspectives of victims, perpetrators, and survivors of genocide in Rwanda, and the challenges Rwandans face as they try to end the cycle of violence that has caused them catastrophic loss and incalculable suffering. Click here for more information.

Alex Dewaal

March 21: Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, Dr. de Waal’s scholarly work and practice explore humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peacebuilding. Dr. de Waal currently serves as executive director of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Click here for more information. Watch Video.

A Chinese Scholar’s View

February 28: After more than two years, the Arab Awakening continues to unfold in ways that affect political systems in the region as well as the international community. Drawing upon his experiences advising the Chinese government on policy toward the Middle East and North Africa, IDN Visiting Scholar, Mr. Baizhi Liao discusses his current research on the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Mr. Liao examines how current Chinese and U.S. policies toward the Arab world differ—and what the future may hold for this changing region. Click here for more information.


Prospects for Peace in the Two Sudans

December 5: Events in this series draw upon a The Center’s informal network of regional experts to address current issues as well as ongoing challenges related to securing peace and stability in Sudan and South Sudan. Click here for more information. Watch Video.

Religion and Public Health Ethics

November 13: Join us for a Religion and Public Health Ethics Lecture with President Jimmy Carter at the Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center at 2:30pm. Click here for more information.

Elections and Political Order Workshop

November 9-10: The workshop is designed to examine the relationship between elections and force from the perspectives of both Comparative Politics and International Relations. It brings together participants working on interrelated questions such as: When political actors can resort to force in pressing their claims, when and why do they participate in elections? When do elections constrain behavior, such that they lead to political order (in the form of peace or self-enforcing democracy)? Do the answers to these questions vary for different political actors: incumbents, the military, political parties, insurgencies, citizens?

Emory Wheel

October 26: The Emory Wheel featured article on the Emmanuel Jal concert at Cannon Chapel.

Discussions at the Carter Center

October 24: What's Next for China: A new generation of top Chinese national leadership will take the stage at the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in October 2012. The struggle for power is fierce in the months before the Congress. The new leadership will have a huge impact in the next decade on China's political and social development, U.S-China relations, and the Carter Center's programming in China. 7 – 8:30 p.m. More information available at

Emmanuel Jal

October 22: Student Dialogue with Emmanuel Jal at the Carter Center. 

Discussions at the Carter Center

October 19: From War Child to Peace Soldier. Join us for a evening with Emmanuel Jal: Hear his story and his music. Watch Video.

Human Trafficking Talk

September 17: The Institute for Developing Nations invites you to attend a public presentation by its visiting practitioner, Mr. Gokarna K.C., a lawyer from Maiti Nepal.  Maiti Nepal is a NGO that fights trafficking in South Asia through advocacy, education, rescuing and rehabilitating victims, and taking legal action against those who engage in trafficking.  Mr. KC will share his experiences investigating human trafficking cases, rescuing victims, and prosecuting human traffickers. 7-8.30 p.m.

Carter Center

September 11: join former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, for a live webcast of: Conversations: 30 Years of The Carter Center Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. EDT. This is a webcast only event. Webcast will be available at from 7-8.30 p.m. 

Brown Bag

September 4: Brown Bag Discussion on Child Abuse and Human Trafficking in South America and South Asia. Learn more about the work of practitioners for Maiti Nepal and MAP International in Bolivia –two nongovernmental organizations that focus on assisting victims of child abuse and trafficking, and prosecuting perpetrators.

Roots to Fruits Conference

July 31-Aug 2: the Gandhi Development Trust in South Africa hosted an international conference on nonviolence and peace. 

IAS Conference 

April 20-21: The Institute of African Studies hosts its annual conference, “Development, Health, and Humanitarian Crises in Post-Colonial Africa.” Join leading scholars and practitioners from 16 institutions and organizations as they present papers on key development-related issues ranging from NGO-government relations, food and water insecurity and women and conflict.

Carter Center

April 19: A year after the events leading to the “Arab Awakening” in the Middle East and North Africa, The Carter Center, following its election observations missions to the region, discusses the situation in the region and future plans. This is a webcast only event. Webcast will be available from 7-8.30 p.m. Watch Video.

Anderson Talk

April 19: The Emory Program in Development Studies is hosting a lecture by David Anderson entitled, After the Flood: Dams and Development in Ethiopia. David Anderson is Professor of African Politics and a Fellow of St Cross College at Oxford University. He has conducted long-term research and published extensively on the history and politics of Eastern Africa.

Dignity Donna Hicks IDN

April 17: IDN, The Carter Center and Emory’s Initiative in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding come together to host a discussion with Dr. Donna Hicks, author of Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict, Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and renowned conflict resolution practitioner. Discussion will be facilitated by Mr. Itonde Kakoma, Assistant Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center.

Kony 2012

March 21: Invisible Children released its video "Kony 2012". Since then the viral video phenomenon has been viewed more than 83 million times and generated support and intense criticism. Join our panelists and share your opinion at this Brown Bag Discussion >>


March 22: IDN-CIPA scholars shared their research findings with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, faculty advisors, friends and family members.  Students gave presentations about their study abroad experiences in Morocco, Rwanda, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Uganda and Mongolia.

Speaking Engagement

March 8: Emory Program in Development Studies is holding a speaking event with Thomas D. Rogers, Author of The Deepest Wounds: A Labor and Environmental History of Sugar in Northeast Brazil, award winner of the Alfred A. Wallace Prize.  Rogers is a Professor of History at Emory and is interested in ways labor and environmental histories intertwine. He will be discussing his current research project on the first ethanol boom in Brazil.

Sudan News

February 15: The Institute for Developing Nations and the Carter Center's Conflict Resolution Program co-hosted "REGIONAL and INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES on SUDAN and SOUTH SUDAN" a panel discussion with experts on Sudan and South Sudan, held at Emory University Woodruff Library.


January 1: The 2012 IDN-CIPA Scholarships have been awarded to Hannah Williams (Dharamsala, India), Catherine Levey (Dharamsala, India) and Christina Cross (Nicaragua).  


June 17-19: Second Emory Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

Law Reform Liberia

May 9: The curriculum planning workshop was part of a grant that IDN received from the Open Society Foundations to develop university-based programs to raise gender awareness and help strengthen civil society organizations in Liberia. 

Visiting Scholar: Haroon Akram-Lodhi

May: IDN Welcomes Haroon Akram-Lodhi. Haroon teaches agrarian political economy as Professor and Chair of International Development Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada.

IDN Visiting Practioner: Kent Glenzer

April: IDN welcomes Dr. Kent Glenzer, Oxfam America’s Director of Learning, Evaluation, and Accountability and has worked with international NGOs for 27 years.


Spring: Making a Difference Speaker Series

Law Reform in Mexico: Paul Zwier

March 23: Paul Zweir, "Law Reform in Mexico: What We are Learning from Our Partners" - Speaking Event

Women, Water and Development...

March 18: "Water, Women & Development: Final Results and their Application in Ethiopia" - Speaking Event

Transforming Place / Transforming Race

March 2: "Transforming Place/Transforming Race: Latin American Immigration to Metropolitan Atlanta" - Speaking Event

Negotiating Boundaries...

February 23: "Negotiating Boundaries and Domains across Religion, Health and..." - Speaking Event

Cheol-Sung Lee Speaking Event

February 22: Cheol-Sung Lee, "The Structure of Civic Networks and Politics of Social Protection..." - Speaking Event

March 2: "Transforming Place/Transforming Race: Latin American Immigration to Metropolitan Atlanta", 12:00pm, Center for Ethics, 162, Speaking Event

February 23: "Negotiating Boundaries and Domains across Religion, Health and...", 12:00pm, Center for Ethics, 162, Speaking Event

February 22: Cheol-Sung Lee, "The Structure of Civic Networks and Politics of Social Protection...", 4:30pm, Tarbutton, Room 206, Speaking Event

February 2: Jeremy Hess, "Climate Change, Health, & Development: Learning to Make a Difference", 12:00pm, Center for Ethics, 162, Speaking Event

January 26: Roger Rochat, "Clarifying Values on Abortion: Does it Matter?", 12:00pm, Center for Ethics, Room 162, Speaking Event

January 19: "Developing a Collaborative Partnership for Community-Based Research and Teaching on Public Health"..., 12:00pm, Center for Ethics Room 162, Speaking Event

January 19: "Developing a Collaborative Partnership for Community-Based Research and Teaching on Public Health..." - Speaking Event

March 17: "Institute for Developing Nations takes on gender violence and gender justice in Journal of Peacebuilding & Development", In the News

November 18: "Innovations in Global Health, Development, and Climate Change”
Emory University, Symposium

November 3: Donald Hopkins, "Guinea Worm Eradication: Singular Focus for Broader Development"
4:00pm, Center for Ethics, Room 102, Speaking Event

October 11: Roger Rochat, “Abortion Values Clarification and Attitude Transformation (VCAT)”
Emory University, Workshop

October 10: Deb McFarland and John Blevins, “Contextual Learning and Applied Research on Health, Religion and Development
Limuru, Kenya, Workshop

October 5: "Extraordinary Work and Experience at Emory University"
Visiting Practioner

September 30: Mary Gallagher, "China: Changes in the World’s Workshop"
White Hall, Room 205, Workshop

September 29: "Rule of Law Reform and the Drug Trade: Challenges and Implications in Mexico and the U.S"
Emory School of Law, Tull Auditorium, Conference

September 14: Uma Tamang, "The Realities of Trafficking in Nepal"
7:00pm, White Hall, Room 205, Speaking Event

September 10: Karen Andes, "Community-based Research and Teaching on Public Health and Development in Paraguay"
Asunción, Paraguay, Workshop

April 22: Conversations with President Jimmy Carter

April 21: IDN-CIPA Scholar Presentations
4:00pm, Dobbs University Center

April 19: James Ferguson, "Anthropology and the Crisis: Reflections on Distribution and Labor"
4:00pm, Center for Ethics, Room 102, Speaking Event

April 14: Rick Rheingans, Craig Hadley & Rob Stephenson, "Water, Women and Development in Ethiopia"
12:00pm , Center for Ethics, Room 162, Speaking Event

April 14: Lamia Karim, "Manufacturing entrepreneurs: The Grameen Bank, women and microfinance in Bangladesh"
4:00pm, Woodruff Library, Speaking Event

April 7: Ravi Jayakaran, "Wholistic World View Analysis"
9:00am, Workshop

March 31: Peter Little, "Global Connections: The Anthropology of Reform and Restructuring in Africa"
12:00pm, Center for Ethics, Room 162, Speaking Event

March 31: Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, "Mission: Global Poverty"

March 1: Zainab Salbi
4:00pm, Tull Auditorium, Emory Law School, Speaking Event

Spring: Making a Difference: Dialogues on Development
Schedule of Events

Spring: Development at Crossroads Speaking Events

February 15: Akhil Gupta, "Global Poverty: An Anthropological Critique"
4:00p.m, Anthropology Seminar Room 206,Speaking Event

February 18: Victor Kattan, "Why History Matters: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict"
4:00pm, Gambrell Hall, Room G-575 (Faculty Lounge), Speaking Event

February, 9: Jennifer McCoy, "The Volatile Relations between the US & Andean Countries"
12:00pm, Center for Ethics, Room 162, Speaking Event

January 30: "Haiti Relief"
6:30pm, Cannon Chapel's Brooks Commons, Film Screening and Teach-In

Fall: New Request For Proposals Guidelines
Deadline: January 22, 2010 The Institute for Developing Nations (IDN) at Emory University is pleased to announce its 2010 Request for Proposal (RFP) guidelines.

December 01: "Violence & Vulnerability"

November 11: Tom Crick, "Supporting Access to Justice in Liberia: Assessing Progress and Lessons Learned"
12:00-1:30pm, Center for Ethics, Room 102, Speaking Event, iTunes U link

November 9: "Poto Mitan"
7:00pm, 111 White Hall, Screening

November 13-14: Violence and Vulnerability Conference Agenda

October 7: Mary Odem and Irene Browne, "Migration, Remittances and Development: the Impact of Gender, Race, and Class"
12:00pm, Center for Ethics, Rm 102
Speaking Event

Fall: Speaker Series Schedule
Making a Difference: Dialogues on Development

August 1: "Migration, Remittances and Development: The Impact of Gender, Race and Class"

June 30: Graduate School receives major grant to start master's program in development practice

Fall 2009: Call for Papers, "Violence and Vulnerability"

May 21: Virgilio Viana, "New Frontiers in Sustainable Development Practice"
1:00pm, Woodruff Library-Jones Room
Speaking Event

May 27: Vicente Fox

May 7-8: Gender Violence and Gender Justice: Critical Perspectives on Post-Conflict Societies

May 6: Cynthia Enloe, "Can Feminist Interventions Re-energize Development Studies?"
2:00-3:30p.m., Jones Room at Woodruff Library
Speaking Event

2008 - 2009: Engagement in Liberia

May 4: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im has been named a 2009 Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

July 15: Paul Zwier, "Emory Partners with Panamerican University to Enhance Mexican Legal Education"

April 21: Carla Freeman, "Reconceptualizing Development and Respectability in a Neoliberal Age: Entrepreneurship and the Making of a Caribbean Middle Class"
12:00pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Speaking Event

April 21: "A Powerful Noise"
6:00pm – 8:00pm, Harland Cinema

April 14: Karin D. Ryan, "Beyond Elections and War in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Building a Foundation for Human Rights and Development"
12:00pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Speaking Event

Dialogues on Development

Spring: Archived: Featured Faculty

Spring: Making a Difference
Dialogues on Development in Africa

April 22: Pamela Scully, "Gender Violence and Gender Justice: Rethinking the meaning of post-conflict"
12:00pm, Zaban Room, The Carter Center
Speaking Event

April 15: George Wah Williams, "Liberia's Reconstruction: Opportunities, Challenges & Prospects for a State at Risk
12:00pm, Cyprus Room, The Carter Center
Speaking Event

March 25: Karin Ryan, "Natural Resource Extraction and Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo"
12:00pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Speaking Event

January 22: John Stremlau, Joseph Petraglia and Charles Schaefer, "The Ethics of Engagement: University Partnerships in Ethiopia, The Ethiopian Capacity Building Project"
Speaking Event