Law and Human Development Initiative

Country: Kenya Project Lead: Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity

Through the Kellogg Institute for International Studies’ Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, the University of Notre Dame works to empower people challenged by extreme poverty, while enhancing and expanding teaching and learning opportunities for Notre Dame faculty and students in the field of human development studies. By partnering with universities and communities in developing countries, the program promotes research that makes a positive difference in the lives of people struggling with the challenges of human development.

By creating the new Dandora Law and Human Development Project (DLHDP), the program seeks to address the causes and effects of urban poverty in Kenya, in many ways more dehumanizing than those associated with rural poverty. This new initiative draws on the experience of the priests and brothers of Holy Cross, who have worked in Dandora for more than 30 years. The collaboration aims to build solidarity, alleviate human suffering, and make a positive, measurable, and sustainable difference in people’s lives.