"Policy. Practice. Partnership"

Throughout 2018, NDIGD worked with internal and external stakeholders to define a clearer, shared vision to guide our collective efforts to address global poverty and inequality. From these conversations came a new, succinct institutional motto: "Policy. Practice. Partnership."

And yet, these three words are more than just a phrase; they're a guiding philosophy that illustrate how NDIGD seeks to add value to the Keough School of Global Affairs, the University of Notre Dame, and the global development community at large.

At NDIGD, we see policy, practice, and partnership as three intimately linked elements. In today’s world, the role of NGOs in the northern hemisphere in delivering large-scale service delivery programs is fast giving way to a new generation of indigenous NGOs in the southern hemisphere who are taking on these roles. These rising NGOs are, at the same time, challenging their governments to assume a greater share of responsibility and accountability for the protection of the rights and welfare of their citizens.

The distinction between policy and practice is fast disappearing. Today, one does practice with the goal of creating an evidence base for policy propositions. NDIGD is already operating on the ground in numerous countries where it is either evaluating ongoing programs of major funders or co-implementing pilots with indigenous partner NGOs, with the goal of testing these programs’ efficacy in national or international settings. NDIGD is uniquely positioned within the Keough School to engage in both policy and practice with entities across and outside of the University.