Update from Dandora: A New Approach to Maternal Care
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The Ford Program conducts research and evaluation that can inform development theory and practice while making a positive, measurable, and sustainable difference in people’s lives.
The Program is dedicated to research, teaching, and service that increase the effectiveness of efforts to promote Integral Human Development, a holistic model of flourishing rooted in the dignity and full potential of the human person.
The Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity is dedicated to research, teaching, and service that increase the effectiveness of efforts to promote Integral Human Development, a holistic model of flourishing rooted in the dignity and full potential of the human person.
With the goal of understanding the challenges and aspirations of people living in extreme poverty around the developing world, we conduct research that grows out of engagement with local communities.
We learn from community members, working with partner organizations that directly implement programs to provide quality education, enhance health, foster livelihoods, and promote accountable and responsive government.
We assist development practitioners, policy makers, and people grappling with poverty in their own communities to increase the effectiveness of their efforts to promote integral human development, a holistic model of flourishing rooted in the dignity and full potential of each person.
To ensure lessons learned inform future research projects and practical efforts to promote human flourishing, we share such lessons with our community partners as well as development scholars and practitioners. These products can include:
The Ford Program provides grants and organizational support to Notre Dame faculty members and students to conduct research with our field partners. We connect students and faculty members to counterparts at universities and other institutions in areas where we work in order to maximize local knowledge and increase the efficiency of research in the field.
Write to Ford Program Director Rev. Robert Dowd, CSC.
We work in communities with a focus on integral human development—the holistic development of the human person, covering all aspects of life: social, economic, political, cultural, personal and spiritual. It promotes the dignity and equality of every person and the common good of all people in the community.
Rooted in Catholic social teaching, this model of development is closely related to the capability approach to development championed by economist and Nobel-laureate Amartya Sen.
We work with partner organizations and community members to identify key concerns and invite researchers to investigate such challenges with the aim of offering sustainable solutions. The Ford Program works with a variety of implementing organizations, maintaining a special relationship with the Congregation of Holy Cross, which founded Notre Dame, and the communities Holy Cross serves around the world.
Interested in exploring a partnership with the Ford Program? Please contact Director Rev. Robert Dowd, CSC.
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Kenya
Congregation of Holy Cross
Faculty of Business Administration and Management, Uganda Martyrs University
Holy Cross Parish, Dandora, Kenya
Institute for Educational Initiatives, University of Notre Dame
Luigi Giussani Institute for Higher Education (LGIHE)
Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development
Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya
UGAFODE Microfinance Limited (MDI), Uganda
Uganda Martyrs University (UMU)
UPFORD (University Partnership For Outreach, Research and Development), Uganda
The Ford Program strives to reach people's lives making positive impacts across multiple facets of social, economic, political, cultural, personal and spiritual life.
Faculty with expertise in development studies who are supported by and/or conducting research with the Ford Program include:
Leonard Wantchekon is professor of politics at Princeton University, where he is associated faculty in the Economics Department. His scholarship is deeply shaped and informed by his experiences and tribulations as a left-wing pro-democracy student activist under a repressive military regime in his native Benin...