The Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity
Community engagement forms the foundation for the Ford Program’s research and teaching on human development. Engaging with communities facing a variety of complex challenges, we work with our development partners, local institutions, and local residents to better understand the many interrelated issues affecting the development process—and together turn that knowledge into action.
We work with communities and our partners in the field to make a positive, measurable, and sustainable difference in people’s lives.
We listen carefully to community members as they define their challenges and aspirations.
We work with faculty, students, and local partners and residents to design research that helps us understand the most effective approaches for building capacity and promoting human well-being.
We share lessons learned from our investigations into effective community engagement with our partners in the communities in which we work and with the academic and policymaking worlds.
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.
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