Economic and Social Development
Poverty reduction is one of the great global success stories of recent decades. But while economic growth has benefited hundreds of millions in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, high unemployment, low incomes, and insufficient social protections have perpetuated dire poverty and deep inequality around the world.
The United States and China bring different histories, interests, and values to common challenges of global economic and social development. Their capacity to work together and with the wider world community will shape the evolution of those challenges.
The initiative addresses these issues through research, teaching, and dialogue among Chinese and U.S. leaders from government, business, and the academy.
For an overview of Georgetown’s engagement with development issues across schools and programs, visit the Global Georgetown website or follow the links below.
Select Academic Programs
- Master of Global Human Development (GHD)This practitioner-focused program, offered through the School of Foreign Service, prepares students for a wide range of careers in the development field.
- Master of International Development Policy (MIDP)This McCourt School of Public Policy program emphasizes evidence-based policymaking and program evaluation for development professionals.
- MSFS Concentration in International DevelopmentStudents in the Master of Science 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 Bachelor of Science 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, this initiative supports field-based research that promotes effective policy interventions in developing countries.
- Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM)This 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 Security (GIWPS)This institute, located in the School of Foreign Service, examines the role of women in issues of peace, conflict, political transitions, and humanitarian emergencies.