IAD Director and Cornell Law Professor Muna Ndulo was named a "National Treasure" in an article published by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, the national bi-weekly newsmagazine focusing on matters of access and opportunity for all in higher education. As cited in the article, Professor Ndulo is "an international authority on African legal systems, human rights and development." As such, he "has keen insight into some of the conflicts and turbulent events that have dominated world news in recent months." In his interview with the magazine, Ndulo pointed to poverty as the root of much of the turbulence in the world.
In a 2011 article, "African Customary Law, Customs, and Women's Rights," published in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Ndulo wrote, "The discrimination against women is rooted in inequality, male domination, poverty, aggression, misogyny, and entrenched customs and myths. The real solution to the problem is eradication of customs that undermine the dignity of women.”
However, in an interview with Diverse, he went on to say that there is one underlying cause of the problems, not just in Africa, but in all developing countries. "To me," he said, "the biggest challenge in the world and in Africa is addressing poverty and inequality.”