IDN builds upon the long-standing institutional ties between The Carter Center and Emory University to support new ways of uniting research and action and engaging partners beyond the university. It works closely with The Carter Center leadership, Peace and Health Programs staff, and faculty to create new opportunities for experiential learning and programmatic collaboration. IDN focuses on a wide-range of development issues including gender-based violence, human rights, water insecurity, peacebuilding, civil society, climate change adaptation, and rule of law. While the issues and geographical locations have changed and shifted over the years, IDN’s vision has remained the same – to bring together practitioners and scholars to develop new approaches to solving complex international development problems in ways that leverage the long-standing relationship of Emory University and The Carter Center.
In order to connect practitioners and scholars and engage partners beyond the university, IDN convenes workshops, conferences and working groups focused on problem solving and research agenda setting. It hosts individual events and lecture series focused on contemporary development problems as well as fosters and supports partnerships and networks of practitioners and scholars.