The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development—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.
By addressing today's most compelling issues through policy, practice, and partnership, NDIGD endeavors to enhance human dignity, equity, and well-being for the world's poorest and most vulnerable populations.
Two years ago, Germán Santillan Ugarte was part of Notre Dame's inaugural class of YLAI Professional Fellows. In 2018, he returned to Notre Dame—"a second home," as he calls it—and took some time to talk about his own positive experience in the program.
Areas We Work In
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.
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.