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innovate. educate. impact. The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development promotes human development and dignity among people worldwide through applied innovations, impact evaluation, education, and training that helps build just and equitable societies. It is an integral part of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs.

global development at notre dame The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) leverages the University’s signature strengths to promote development and human dignity to people in need worldwide. Our projects focus on eight topical areas:

notre dame by the numbers • Notre Dame has over 1,000 faculty experts, many who help provide research, innovation, and expertise in critical areas of need in global development. • The University’s network of 267 alumni clubs—including 64 international clubs— is the most extensive in higher education.

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• The Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame ranks No. 1 nationally for its undergraduate program by Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine in its surveys of top business programs.

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• Notre Dame offers more than 40 international study programs in 20 countries.

• Notre Dame is ranked 18th nationally among medium-sized schools for producing Peace Corps volunteers. • Notre Dame is rated among the nation’s top 25 institutions of higher learning in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review, Time, Kiplinger’s, Kaplan/Newsweek and others. • The University is organized into 7 colleges, 14 major research institutes, and 24 centers and special programs. • Notre Dame is a truly international university, with a student body drawn from all 50 states and 100 countries.

U.S. Department of State Washington Fellowship

USAID Democracy and Innovation Grant

In summer 2014, Notre Dame hosted 25 African leaders and delivered a six-week curriculum on business, entrepreneurship, and ethics as the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

Notre Dame faculty are examining the role of discussion groups in rebuilding civil society and democracy in Mali, in partnership with the USAID Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. governance & rule of law

commerce & economic development

our work Notre Dame’s existing world-class teaching and research faculty come together with a dedicated staff of researchers and administrators to provide support to country programs, funding agencies and partners focused on:

IMPACT EVALUATION Through its Impact Evaluation division, NDIGD is able to respond to the current demand for accountability and results by providing monitoring and evaluation plans that are suitable for a broad range of projects. Methodologies include randomized pre-test and post-test evaluation, quasi-experimental design with before and after comparisons of project and control populations, ex-post comparison of project and non-equivalent control group, and rapid assessment ex-post impact evaluations.

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 to further develop capacity and lead new initiatives in their home countries.

applied innovations The Applied Innovations 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.

Connectivity, Electricity, and Education for Entrepreneurship

MCC Water Impact Evaluation in Ghana

NDIGD is partnering with Accenture and Lenovo to bring power, internet connectivity, and entrepreneurial training to villages and rural areas of Uganda and South Africa.

The Millenium Challenge Corporation is working with NDIGD monitoring and evaluation specialists to assess the short and long-term impact of water improvement programs in Ghana.

energy, environment & sustainability

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our approach

build teams what resources can we bring together?

research & innovate

We bring together the best field and technical expertise from Notre Dame faculty and researchers, government agencies, corporations, and global implementation partners.

design & implement

how can we improve?

how will we do it?

Working with Notre Dame means taking project outcomes further than ever before. Our advantage of being in a university environment provides the built-in capacity to problem solve, research, and innovate.

We design projects for implementation on the ground. In addition to Notre Dame experts, we partner with NGOs, local communities, and governments.

monitor & evaluate what did we learn? Our team of specialists is dedicated to measuring the impact of development projects. Using methodogy like randomized control trials, we take a comprehensive look to evaluate the long-term impact on people and their communities.

Education Rebuilding Program in Haiti

Verizon Mobile Health Technology Impact Evaluation

As part of a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, NDIGD is measuring the impact on improved access to and quality of education through teacher and principal training, enhancing school governance, parental involvement, and capacity building, in partnership with the Institute for Educational Initiatives.

Data collected by NDIGD and Ford Program researchers provide the foundation to measure the impact of updated technology and health outcomes when health center workers are able to send text messages via mobile phones in Uganda. human development


partner with the initiative The University of Notre Dame’s Initiative for Global Development improves human dignity worldwide through global development research and projects. There are many ways to partner with NDIGD in this endeavor.

Partnerships NDIGD works on implementation and evaluation for a variety of partners, including government agencies, NGOs, humanitarian organizations, foundations, and others in the United States and overseas.

Corporate Impact Program NDIGD places a high value on our corporate collaborations, and we have created the Impact Program for corporations and foundations who support projects at the level of $50,000 or above (or $25,000 in unrestricted gifts) annually. Impact members benefit by gaining access to talent both at Notre Dame and in country; training on business ethics; insight on overcoming challenges by sharing best practices and lessons learned; and networking with university experts, NGOs, and federal agencies in designing new corporate responsibility projects.

Private Donations Many NDIGD projects are able to be supported by private donations. In addition to project-specific funding, the University seeks multiple endowments for excellence to support outreach, public events, and publications, as well as other critical Initiative priorities. If you have questions or would like to speak with our managing director, please call 574-631-2940, or email


Int’l Justice Mission (IJM) Property Grabbing Evaluation

In Haiti, Notre Dame faculty and students facilitate access to safe, dignified housing by seeding an integrated process that empowers entrepreneurs to deliver engineered urban housing in the free market within informal economies.

NDIGD is partnering with IJM to conduct data analysis on approximately 1800 household surveys as part of a study focused on property grabbing from widows in Mukono County, Uganda. security & peacebuilding


Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development 940 Grace Hall University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 (574) 631-2940

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most powerful means for good

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—Rev. Edward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C. Founder, University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development 940 Grace Hall University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 (574) 631-2940

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