DCID Annual Report

Executive Education

Since 2002, DCID’s executive education certificate programs have provided in-person training to more than 6000 global development professionals. In summer 2020, all executive education certificate programs were cancelled for the first time because of the pandemic. This past summer, DCID was able to resume three certificate programs. Project Analysis and Risk Management (PARM) and Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting (TARF) certificate programs were held in-person for on-campus students, and the Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programs (MEDP) certificate program was held in a virtual format to an international audience.

Cooperation with US Army on governance training

In May 2021, DCID collaborated with the US Army’s 92nd Civil Affairs Battalion to provide a cohort of 22 participants with a four-day blended online course on governance. Led by DCID Director Eddy Malesky, the course featured several expert faculty at Duke, including Catherine Admay, Peter Feaver, Timur Kuran, and Simon Miles. DCID conducted a second training in August 2021.

Partnering with Oxfam for Behavioral Economics Training

DCID conducted a 9-week, blended online course on “Behavioral Economics” for Oxfam America staff from February 22 to April 21, 2021. The course involved a total of 17 participants from across different units at Oxfam. The program director, Joey Sherlock, conducted live online sessions twice a week as well as produced exclusive pre-recorded content for the participants to enjoy. The main objectives of the program were to: 1) provide participants with a foundational perspective of core concepts in behavioral economics with a focus on messaging, behavior change communication, and philanthropic giving; 2) explore various methods and techniques used to successfully develop and implement behavioral economics projects; and 3) understand how behavioral economics can be applied to real life programming. The program culminated in the creation of group projects that applied Behavioral Economics principles to current work at Oxfam.

DCID pilots International Policy Writing Course

To enhance alumni professional development, DCID piloted a new online course to help improve communications skills for MIDP alumni. Titled “Writing & Presenting for Impact: A refresher in international policy communication,” the six-module course gave 30 alumni an opportunity to refresh their writing and presentation skills on international policy issues. Led by instructors Dean Storelli, April Raphiou and Marion Pratt, the course received very favorable feedback that will be used to evaluate the feasibility and design of similar online Executive Education courses for our alumni.