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What is Integral Economic Development™?

Integral economic development is an approach that seeks to strengthen the civil and social institutions required for sustainable development, one that takes an integrated view of the person's role in society. It is an approach which development entities increasingly demand. Integral economic development, seen from the perspective of the whole human person, and the whole human community, is at the core of our programs and the mission of The Catholic University of America.

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From the Program Chair

Dear IED Programs faculty, staff, and students,

"Welcome to the most innovative and rigorous graduate program in international development! If you are a prospective student, we invite you to join a select group of students who are becoming leaders in the development field. Our professors are renown experts eager to work with you. In addition to learning the most advanced theories and best practices in international development, you will have a direct opportunity to apply them in your applied research project (ARP) under the guidance of your professors.
Best wishes,"
Dr  Martha Cruz Zuniga

Introducing one of our most distinguished professors, Dr. Maria Sophia Aguirre.

We look forward to working with you in making a real contribution towards achieving a development that is indeed sustainable because it is truly human. At the IEDP we take seriously the fact that it is the person, who is social by nature, who needs to be the agent of change and who is at the center of sustainable development. Thus, we incorporate in their design, implementation, and evaluations immediate and long-term institutional measurable outcomes."



Leaders in Development Seminar- Dr. Nicole Goldin

On Wednesday, April 20th, join us for the last seminar of the semester. Our speaker is Dr. Goldin, a leading economist and expert on inclusive global development and international affiars; especially well-known for her pioneering work and insights on youth, young women, and girls. This event is open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.
Time: 5:10 P.M. - 6:25 P.M.
Place: McMahon Hall, Room 201

Guest Speaker-
Ms. Gladwell Wambui Kahara

On Wednesday, April 20th, join us in welcoming our guest speaker Ms. Gladwell Wambui Kahara. Ms. Gladwell Wambui Kahara was appointed by the Kenyan Government as the first Official Youth Representative to the United Nations. This event is open to the public.
Time: 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Place: McMahon Hall, Room 200
Career Development Workshop - ACDI/VOCA
Growing Professionally in an International Development Organization
On Wednesday, April 20, Hunter Morash, Senior Recruiter, and Seth McDonagh (2006 CUA alum), Deputy Director, Agribusiness Systems International, will meet with students on their career paths at ACDI/VOCA. This event is open to current students in the IEDM and IEDP Graduate Program.
Time: 3:40 - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Gowan Hall, Room 413



  • West Bank Trip

    On May 21, lead by Dr. Maria Aguirre a team of IED students: Estefania Cohn, Andrea Vazquez and Selamawit Bekele traveled to the WestBank region. The field trip was conducted as part of an impact evaluation of a Maternal Health project run by the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem, Palestine.

  • Dr. Cruz's trip to India

    Last month, Dr.Cruz traveled to Chennai, India to participate in discussions with CRS about ongoing research projects and results of assessment, as well as about future cooperation.