The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD)—an integral part of the new Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame—works to address global poverty and inequality through policy, practice, and partnership.

With three divisions that concentrate on five domains of thematic focus, NDIGD designs, implements, monitors, and evaluates projects and programs that sustainably enhance human dignity, equity, and well-being for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.

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The Earth’s environment and scarce resources must be stewarded with ever-increasing care as the health of the environment is integrally linked to a flourishing global society. At NDIGD, we collaborate with faculty conducting research on climate, energy, water, and sustainable cities and examine how these issues affect global poverty and inequality.


Billions of dollars are spent annually to address the 65+ million refugees and migrants displaced by conflict, natural disaster, or severe lack of economic opportunity. At NDIGD, we work to integrate sustainable development practices into humanitarianism work and policy in order for crisis interventions to be successful and sustainable.

Effective States and Development

Good governance and effective states are integral to the realization of the SDGs. At NDIGD, we focus on aid effectiveness and policy in the poorest of nations by researching existing programs, evaluating donor agency innovations, and designing new approaches and policies to deliver more effective aid; all in order to ensure states and their policies work for the people.

Business in Development

The private sector is increasingly outspending the public sector in global development investment, but is also faced with challenging ethical dilemmas in nations with weak institutions and corruption. At NDIGD, we provide a home for discussions on ethical and sustainable supply chain performance, social entrepreneurship, and public-private partnerships, among other topics.

Global Health

In a globalized world, disease moves quickly across borders and many global and national public health systems are weak and inadequate. At NDIGD, we seek to take the knowledge developed by Notre Dame researchers to field practitioners, who are on the front lines in developing countries and can put these findings to work.

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