Who We Are
The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) promotes human development and dignity among people worldwide through applied innovations, impact evaluation, education, and training that help build just and equitable societies. It is an integral part of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs.
In a conversation with Ray Offenheiser, NDIGD's director, on Thursday night (April 12) at the University of Notre Dame, Muhammad Yunus explained why he has devoted his life’s work to social entrepreneurship.
What We Do
Through its Impact Evaluation division, NDIGD is able to respond to the current demand for accountability and results in international development projects. The division provides monitoring and evaluation design plans and services that are suitable for a broad range of projects, locations, and populations.
Education & Training
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.
The Applied Innovation 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.
When evaluating the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)'s water project, NDIGD's Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists traveled throughout five regions of Ghana to test water samples and interview local populations.
Education & Training
2017 USAID | Notre Dame Global Development Fellow Paulina Luna (center) uses Photovoice, a community-based participatory research method that allows participants to capture their experiences through photography, with a local family in Huancayo, Peru as part of her research.
Notre Dame doctoral candidate Lucía Tiscornia (left), Professor Michael Coppedge (second from left), and NDIGD Program Director Tom Hare (third from left) recently opened a regional learning exchange on human rights and democracy in El Salvador as part of the Regional Project on Human Rights and Democracy (RightsCA).