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The Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity

An integral part of the Kellogg Institute, the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity studies the interactions between effective community engagement and socioeconomic development.

We work with faculty, students, and communities around the world that face challenges to authentic human development to investigate development approaches that expand opportunities for people to flourish with dignity.

We are committed to building a transnational, interdisciplinary alliance of scholars, students, and development practitioners to address the critical challenges confronted by those living in extreme poverty.

Our Vision For Human Development

Human development studies is the scholarly effort to understand the conditions that affect human welfare, including economic growth and development and the political and social determinants of the distribution of wealth and opportunity.

The Ford Program promotes an integrated model of human development, guided by the principles of Catholic social teaching and grounded in the recognition of the inherent dignity of every person. We stand in solidarity with those in deepest need, learning with them and identifying opportunities to more effectively partner, as they become the agents of their own change.




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The Kellogg Institute promotes scholarship, learning, and linkages that address issues of critical importance to our world. At the center of our interdisciplinary community’s work are two key themes: democratization and human development. 

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