Fall 2013

IDN News

Director’s Note

Sita Ranchod-Nilsson

This issue of IDN News highlights the broad reach of development-related work at Emory and The Carter Center as well as the power of interdisciplinary scholarship and cross-sector engagement. Ambassador Nureldin Satti - director of the National Library of Sudan and Jok Madut Jok - undersecretary in South Sudan's Ministry of Culture - found the seminar on memory and memorialization with faculty from diverse fields (including political science, history, African studies, Christian ethics, archaeology, and computer science) very useful to their efforts to memorialize the civil war and build a culture of peace in their two countries. Our series "Sexual Violence, War and Reconciliation" brought scholars together with NGOs, public health professionals, and journalists in extended discussions about emerging frameworks for understanding sexual violence as a weapon of conflict and the challenges of addressing this heinous crime across diverse cultural and institutional contexts. Rob Breiman, director of Emory's Global Health Institute, talks about his interest in public health in urban slums which are growing fast as a result of globalization. Addressing this issue requires concerted collaboration between scholars and professionals from a wide range of disciplines and fields. As we approach the holiday season, good wishes for peace and health will abound. The stories in this issue highlight how so many at Emory University and The Carter Center are working to make those wishes a reality.  

Happy holidays,

Sita Ranchod-Nilsson
Director, Institute for Developing Nations,
Emory University


Malaria and Migrant Workers in Ethiopia

Malaria is a difficult disease to control for many reasons. It involves addressing environmental conditions, such as stagnant water and climate change; buying and distributing prevention tools, such as bed nets and insecticide-residual sprays; and finding new tools as parasites develop resistance to...  >>


Memory and Memorialization: A Pathway to Peace

For two decades, the war in Sudan ravaged its people. More than two million lives were lost and more than four million people were displaced from their homes. Families were separated. Lives were forever changed. Throughout the war, countless attempts by external and internal actors to resolve the conflict took place. In 1993...  >>

Film Series

Sexual Violence, War, and Reconciliation:
Raising Awareness and Advocacy

Every five minutes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), four women are raped. During the Bosnian war in the early 1990s, an estimated 50,000– 60,000 rapes occurred. In Syria, the number of women and men being raped is not clear... >>


Addressing Public Health Challenges in Urban Slums: An Interview with Rob Breiman

More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities and towns. By 2030 this number will increase to almost five billion, with most of the growth taking place in Africa and Asia. The rise in population, however... >>


Dispelling the Myths of China’s Presence in Africa

Today the most important bilateral relationship in the world is between the US and China. President Jimmy Carter’s “one China” policy led to the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries. More than 30 years later, the two countries exert great influence on global issues ranging from... >>