More than 2 billion children worldwide are “invisible,” said Maya Ajmera, MPP’93. The founder and former president of the Global Fund for Children called invisibility “a lack of hope, a lack of opportunity and a lack of access.” Nearly half a billion children live in extreme poverty, 215 million are engaged in hazardous labor, 100 million live on the street, and 1.2 million are trafficked annually.
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Many members of the Duke community participate in work that transcends national borders, engaging in broad issues relevant on a global scale. The Sanford School is proud to continue this legacy.
For example, across the globe, 21 million people are victimized by human trafficking, a form of modern slavery. Faculty member Judith Kelley has devoted years to studying the United States’ efforts to fight this persistent problem. She has focused her analysis on the impact of the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) annual report.
In addition, Sanford has received planning funds for a possible world food policy center. Sanford's dean Kelly Brownell, a nationally recognized food policy expert, is principal investigator. “Over the next few years, we will develop a list of regional, national and global food policy priorities, identify policy gaps where new research could be particularly helpful, and reach out to potential partners," said Brownell. A great deal of planning is needed in order to determine how to structure this effort to have maximum impact.”
Growing up in India, Indermit Gill always thought of economics in terms of improving people’s lives. Gill spent more than 20 years as an economist with the World Bank, most recently as the director for development policy. In October, he will take the helm as director of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) in Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.