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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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Integral Economic Development Approach In Action

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Faculty Who Are Experts In Development and Global Student Body

Our faculty members are pioneers in the field of integral economic development and bring their extensive knowledge and expertise to our programs. Learn more about our:

The Hands-On Applied Research Projects (ARPs)

IEDM and IEDP graduate students utilize impact evaluation as a tool to understand and promote sustainable development. 

For more information Visit Our ARP Page HERE 

News And Events

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Learn more about our trips, events and publications. 


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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."


Please visit our Calendar for details on upcoming agendas.
"Leaders in Development" Seminars
Mary Ngugi -ACDI/VOCA
Damian von Stauffenberg-Microrate
Dr. Thomas Kelly-MCC
Peter Levine- Principal Associate, International Economic Growth- Abt Associates Inc
Ramachandra Jammi, Ph.D - Independent Evaluation Group - The World Bank
Ousmane Badiane, Ph.D - Director for Africa Regions - IFPRI
Dr.Maria Rendon and Dr.Mary Norri- (USAID)
US Agency for International Development
Daniel Runde - Chair in Global Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Bob Matthias Traa - IMF, The IMF Intervention in Developing Economies 
Robert Kaplan - President, Inter-American Foundation
Peggy Ochandarena - Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Practice at Chemonoics International Inc
Dr.David Leege - Director, University Engagement and Reseach Catholic Relief Services
Dr.Albert G.Zeufack - Chief Economist, African Region The World Bank
Juan Jose Garcia - IFC, Head of Syndications Latin America & Caribbean 

These events are open to public and refreshments will be provided.

Time: 5:10 P.M. - 6:25 P.M.

Place: McMahon Hall, Room 200


  • 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.