Catholic Character

We aim to help improve our world with a perspective,

Research at a Catholic university should include faculty expertise that can solve global challenges for people in extreme need living in developing countries. The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) engages faculty to partner on applied innovation projects to design new technology and research solutions, carry out impact evaluations, and provide world-class education and training.

based on Catholic social justice teaching,

NDIGD promotes programming that looks at a holistic approach to solving development challenges, considering the different dimensions of the whole person and of society in an effort to promote Integral Human Development, a concept founded in Catholic social teaching. NDIGD draws upon existing teaching and research faculty in multiple disciplines to provide multidisciplinary solutions to country programs and implementing partners.

in order to be a force for good,

NDIGD is in profound accord with the mission and Catholicity of the University and the vision of its founder, Rev. Edward F. Sorin, who wanted Notre Dame to be “a powerful force for good.” Global development work helps to protect national security, and furthers American economic, humanitarian, and strategic interests in the world.

making a demonstrable impact,

Serving as the University’s liaison to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), NDIGD emphasizes rigorous, data-driven performance monitoring in its programming, which assists humanitarian organizations like CRS to track the impact of humanitarian projects in developing countries.

and inspiring a new generation of Catholic leaders.

Notre Dame students and others around the globe, such as visiting fellows, benefit from NDIGD development projects. They work hand-in-hand with expert faculty to provide technological and innovative solutions for developing countries. These experiences impact students and visiting fellows in profound ways and encourage many of them to continue to address global development challenges long after leaving campus.