Development

Development

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

Events

Development Economics: The Big Open Questions

April 7, 2015

Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank Dr. Kaushik Basu delivered a second lecture at Georgetown University as part of a semester-long conversation on “The Global Future of Development.”

Confronting Climate Change: A Faculty Roundtable

March 18, 2015

The global community is focusing increased attention on climate change and its implications not only for the environment, but also for economic and social development, governance, and security. Following World Bank Group President Jim Kim's Global

Global Economic Development: What the Trends Portend

February 10, 2015

Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank Dr. Kaushik Basu gave two lectures at Georgetown University as part of a semester-long conversation on “The Global Future of Development.”

Lessons from Ebola: Toward a Post-2015 Strategy for Pandemic Response

January 27, 2015

Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, delivered Georgetown’s inaugural Global Futures lecture, which kicked off a semester-long conversation about the “Global Future of Development” at Georgetown and is part of the university’s new Global…

Publications

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.