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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.”

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The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and global anti-poverty nonprofit Oxfam America have agreed to a five-year partnership focused on collaborations in research, professional development, guest lectures and events.

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Seventy-six countries are off track to meet ambitious global health targets for maternal and child health, according to an analysis by researchers from the Brookings Institution and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). If those countries were to recover and accelerate their progress according to the targets, the authors note, 11.8 million lives—1.6 million mothers and 10.2 million children—could be saved.