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
- Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation (gui2de)A partnership between the McCourt School and the Department of Economics, gui2de supports field-based research that promotes effective policy interventions in developing countries.
- Institute for the Study of International MigrationThis institute, situated in the School of Foreign Service, conducts interdisciplinary analysis of the complex issues raised by international migration.
- Religion and Global Development ProgramThis program, part of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, tracks the engagement of religious communities and faith-inspired organizations around global policy challenges.
- Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and SecurityThis institute, located in the School of Foreign Service, examines the role of women in issues of peace, conflict, political transitions, and humanitarian emergencies.