University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development

University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development

The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development promotes human development and dignity among people worldwide through applied innovations, impact evaluation, education, and training that helps build just and equitable societies. It is an integral part of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs. For additional information about NDIGD, view the NDIGD website here.

The University addresses these complex challenges through interdisciplinary research, assessment, monitoring and evaluation, training, and strategic planning to offer a holistic approach to global development through NDIGD, including the following areas of expertise: 

  • Commerce and Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy, Environment, and Sustainability
  • Global Health
  • Governance and Rule of Law
  • Human Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Security and Peacebuilding

The University, in keeping with its reputation as a premier Catholic university, brings to this enterprise an overarching commitment to the common good, infused with ethical values and grounded in respect for diverse cultures, religions and political systems. The University’s initiative is in response to global development needs which are at the core of the University’s Catholic mission. 

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At a Glance

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Organization Type

  • University/Academia


Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development
University of Notre Dame
940 Grace Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Organization Mission

The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic academic community of higher learning, animated from its origins by the Congregation of Holy Cross. The University is dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of truth for its own sake. As a Catholic university, one of its distinctive goals is to provide a forum where, through free inquiry and open discussion, the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity.

The intellectual interchange essential to a university requires, and is enriched by, the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students. The Catholic identity of the University depends upon, and is nurtured by, the continuing presence of a predominant number of Catholic intellectuals. This ideal has been consistently maintained by the University leadership throughout its history. What the University asks of all its scholars and students, however, is not a particular creedal affiliation, but a respect for the objectives of Notre Dame and a willingness to enter into the conversation that gives it life and character. Therefore, the University insists upon academic freedom that makes open discussion and inquiry possible.

The University prides itself on being an environment of teaching and learning that fosters the development in its students of those disciplined habits of mind, body, and spirit that characterize educated, skilled, and free human beings. In addition, the University seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.

Notre Dame also has a responsibility to advance knowledge in a search for truth through original inquiry and publication. This responsibility engages the faculty and students in all areas of the University, but particularly in graduate and professional education and research. The University is committed to constructive and critical engagement with the whole of human culture.

The University encourages a way of living consonant with a Christian community and manifest in prayer, liturgy and service. Residential life endeavors to develop that sense of community and of responsibility that prepares students for subsequent leadership in building a society that is at once more human and more divine.

Notre Dame’s character as a Catholic academic community presupposes that no genuine search for the truth in the human or the cosmic order is alien to the life of faith. The University welcomes all areas of scholarly activity as consonant with its mission, subject to appropriate critical refinement. There is, however, a special obligation and opportunity, specifically as a Catholic university, to pursue the religious dimensions of all human learning. Only thus can Catholic intellectual life in all disciplines be animated and fostered and a proper community of scholarly religious discourse be established.

In all dimensions of the University, Notre Dame pursues its objectives through the formation of an authentic human community graced by the Spirit of Christ.

Area of Focus

Notre Dame’s existing world-class teaching and research faculty come together with a dedicated staff of researchers and administrators to provide support to country programs, funding agencies and partners focused on:

Through its Impact Evaluation division, NDIGD is able to respond to the current demand for accountability and results by providing monitoring and evaluation plans that are suitable for a broad range of projects. Methodologies include randomized pre-test and post-test evaluation, quasi-experimental design with before and after comparisons of project and control populations, ex-post comparison of project and non-equivalent control group, and rapid assessment ex-post impact evaluations.

NDIGD works with faculty to develop interdisciplinary approaches to education and training programs related to global development needs. Programs include fellowship and research opportunities for Notre Dame graduate and undergraduate students, and collaborative institutes that host international students, entrepreneurs, and leaders at the University to further develop capacity and lead new initiatives in their home countries.

The Applied Innovations division supports multidisciplinary research for integral human development. NDIGD bridges the gap between cutting-edge Notre Dame research and human needs in developing countries by leveraging faculty and staff expertise across disciplines to advance innovative solutions to complex problems.

Areas of Expertise

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