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Globalization has contributed to tremendous wealth as well as to growing inequality. Over the past several decades, the ranks of the global middle class have swelled. But some one billion people still survive on less than $1.25 per day. Efforts to battle poverty and reduce social inequality will present complex moral and practical challenges in key areas such as health, education, and climate change.

The Global Future of Development was the focus of the Georgetown Global Futures Initiative during the spring 2015 semester. Four lectures by World Bank Group leaders framed a structured conversation with faculty, students, and a global audience about key development challenges and how to address them in the decades to come.

The lectures were complemented by a range of other events across campus related to the theme of development, as well as a global online dialogue with the participation of more than 40 scholars, students, and practitioners around the world.

For an overview of Georgetown’s engagement with development issues across schools and programs, visit the Global Georgetown website.

Select Academic Programs

  • Master of Global Human DevelopmentThis practitioner-focused program, offered through the Edmund A. School of Foreign Service, prepares students for a wide range of careers in the development field.
  • Master of International Development PolicyThis McCourt School of Public Policy program emphasizes evidence-based policymaking and program evaluation for development professionals.
  • MSFS Concentration in International DevelopmentStudents in the M.S. in Foreign Service program in the School of Foreign Service can explore the international policy dimensions of development issues in depth. 
  • BSFS International Development CertificateOffered in the B.S. in Foreign Service program in the School of Foreign Service, this undergraduate certificate trains students to understand the dimensions, challenges, and processes of global poverty and prosperity.

Select Centers, Institutes, and Research Programs

The Global Future of Development Spring 2015 Report

The Global Future of Development Spring 2015 Report

In its inaugural spring 2015 semester, Global Futures addressed the topic of “The Global Future of Development.” A centerpiece of the semester was a partnership with the World Bank and a series of major lectures by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Kaushik Basu on topics ranging from pandemics and climate change to the shifting frontiers of development economics. 


Ricardo Ernst and Nur Cristiani

2023 GU LATAM Conference

On November 20, 2023, Georgetown University presented the relaunch of its Georgetown University Latin American Conference GU LATAM, which aims to elevate an action-oriented debate on the major issues related to the Latin American and the Caribbean region.

This annual conference brings together all…


Global Future of Development Spring 2015 Report

September 10, 2015

The Georgetown Global Futures Initiative was an interdisciplinary, university-wide effort designed to advance the model of an engaged global university in service to the wider world.


Kaushik Basu on Economic Growth (Video)

April 7, 2015

Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes

A Plan for the Planet: Confronting Climate Change (Video)

March 18, 2015

Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes

World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu on Global Development (Video)

February 10, 2015

Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes