Peace Corps Renews Coverdell Fellows Partnership with Duke
The U.S. Peace Corps has once again renewed its partnership with Duke University that established the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program. In February 2021, the Duke Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy, The Fuqua School of Business and Duke Global Health Institute co-signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide financial assistance to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) interested in earning a graduate degree. In 2004, Duke became the first Coverdell Fellows partner in North Carolina with the signing of an MOU between DCID, the Sanford School of Public Policy and the U.S. Peace Corps.
Does prior exposure to an NGO affect the effectiveness of an intervention? The World Bank Development Impact Blog featured a paper co-authored by DCID faculty members that explores this topic. Led by Faraz Usmani and Marc Jeuland and Subhrendu K. Pattanayak, the research team conducted a field experiment using a clean-cookstove experiment in India to determine implications of the “NGO effect.”
Gavin Yamey was quoted in USA Today and 103 other outlets about the “incredible gamble” of reopening college campuses during the pandemic. He was quoted in The Hill about the COVID-19 spike in Europe.
Erika Weinthal co-authored an argument in Foreign Policy urging the return to water cooperation between Israel and Jordan.
Eddy Malesky shared insights on the events leading to the Myanmar coup in a Brookings Institution blog post. He conducted an interview with Zing News, Vietnam's largest newspaper, about the Party Congress results.
Jackson Ewing had a commentary about South Korea as a leader on climate change in Asia in the East Asia Forum.
Alex Pfaff was quoted in The Guardian and 9 other outlets about the risks of ecosystem collapse.
Marc Jeuland was quoted in Mirage News (Australia) about his research on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Roy Kelly was mentioned in an article about federalism in The Kathmandu Post (Nepal).
Manoj Mahanan was one of three Duke experts that participated in a virtual Duke news briefing in May about the spike in coronavirus cases in India. Following the briefing, he was quoted in several news outlets such as US News & World Report and CBS-17. Also, Manoj's research on COVID-19 in Karnataka, India was mentioned in The New Yorker, Medical Express and Times of India. He was also interviewed by NBC News regarding COVID-19 infection rates in India.