Spring 2015

IDN News

Director’s Note

Sita Ranchod-Nilsson

Working across institutional boundaries can be challenging—timelines don’t sync, goals don’t always align, and sometimes we even speak different languages. Even as the word partnership is ubiquitous within development, human rights, and global health work, it really does come down to the quality of the partnerships.

The articles in this issue highlight aspects of our partnership with The Carter Center that help us effectively work together. The value of interdisciplinary and multi-sector collaboration is clear in the Ebola Faculty and Community Discussion Forum, where speakers from The Carter Center—including President Carter—illustrated the multifaceted nature of the health crisis in Liberia with examples of how their different programs responded.

Our workshop, “Toward Common Indicators for Democratic Elections,” brought academics and election practitioners together around common research interests, new opportunities for analyzing data, and a shared interest in understanding and advancing elections to strengthen democracy. Identifying shared interests and developing models of collaboration requires time, trust, and the institutional space to share information, incubate ideas, develop plans, and evaluate impact. Emory’s enduring partnership with The Carter Center allows IDN to hold this space. 

I hope you enjoy reading about the exciting work we are doing together.

All the best,

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

Small Group Begins Dialogue on Research, Curriculum, and Program Collaborations around Ebola

Small Group Begins Dialogue on Research, Curriculum, and Program Collaborations around Ebola

The Ebola pandemic underscored, in stark terms, the importance of working across academic disciplines and institutional boundaries. This fact was highlighted in the Emory Ebola Faculty and Community Discussion Forum, and discussed in...  >>

How Do We Know a Good Election When We See One? Toward Common Indicators

How Do We Know a Good Election When We See One? Toward Common Indicators

Since the mid-1960s, the number of countries holding elections has increased dramatically, and since the end of the Cold War, this number has more than doubled. Today, more than 90 percent of the world’s...  >>

ELMO Creates New Tools for Building Democracy

ELMO Creates New Tools for Building Democracy

When the Tunisian people overthrew President Zine Ben Ali in January 2011, hopes were high for the prospect of democracy in their country. As the birthplace of the “Arab Spring,” many around the world were watching to see whether...  >>

Evolving toward Sustainable Development Goals

Evolving toward Sustainable Development Goals

In September, the United Nations will convene a 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...  >>

Building African Studies Partnerships in China

Building African Studies Partnerships in China

Any way you look at it, China’s role in Africa has grown dramatically during the past two decades. In terms of trade volume, migration, and especially foreign assistance and investment, China has become a major presence on the continent...  >>

Meet IDN 2014–2015 Graduate Intern Lauren Godfrey

Meet IDN 2014–2015 Graduate Intern Lauren Godfrey

Lauren Godfrey is a 2015 Master's in Development Practice (MDP) candidate in the Laney Graduate School. As the graduate student intern with IDN this academic year, Godfrey has helped craft IDN’s social-media outreach, including the...  >>

Sabrina Karim Wins Prestigious Award for Women and Conflict Essay

Sabrina Karim Wins Prestigious Award for Women and Conflict Essay

Congratulations to Sabrina Karim, who recently won the Naval War College Women and Conflict Outcomes Essay Competition. Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, then provost of the Naval War College and now CEO of The Carter Center, worked with the Naval War...  >>