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Francis Lethem

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Director and Professor of the Practice Duke Center for International DevelopmentDuke Center for International Development Home Sanford School Box 90237 Durham, NC 27708-0237 Work Phone: (919)613-9220
: Dr. Francis Lethem is Associate Dean for Executive Education Programs, Sanford School of Public Policy, Director and Professor of the Practice at its Duke Center for International Development (DCID), and Co-Director of the Duke-UNC Rotary program in Peace and Conflict Resolution. His professional interests include institutional design for sustainable development, the design and management of development projects, project design for conflict prevention, and human resources development. Before joining Duke in 1994, Dr. Lethem worked for about 30 years at the World Bank including as a policy and projects adviser. He obtained his doctorate in economics from Neuchatel University (Switzerland) in 1967, was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs in 1975/ 76, and is the co-author of World Bank Staff Working Papers on organization design, the consideration of human factors in development work, law and development, and the management of technical assistance. In 2006, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.
: Director and Professor of the Practice
: Duke Center for International Development
: PhD
: Economics
: Neuchatel, Switzerland
: International development Institutional Design