As an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Pulte Institute addresses global poverty and inequality through policy, practice, and partnership. It designs, implements, monitors, and evaluates projects and programs that promote human dignity, empowering the world’s poorest and vulnerable populations to flourish.

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Annual i-Lab Showcase Spotlights Solutions to Social Challenges

Annual i-Lab Showcase Spotlights Solutions to Social Challenges

The Keough School, in partnership with the Pulte Institute, recently hosted its i-Lab Showcase. The annual event was an opportunity for Master of Global Affairs students to present their summer fieldwork and internships, research and creative activities, conducted in conjunction with partners across the world as part of the i-Lab's Global Partner Experience — a learning-by-doing approach that allows MGA students to work at the front lines of today’s most pressing challenges.

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Areas We Work In


The Earth’s environment and scarce resources must be stewarded with ever-increasing care as the health of the environment is integrally linked to a flourishing global society. At the Pulte Institute, we collaborate with faculty conducting research on climate, energy, water, and sustainable cities and examine how these issues affect global poverty and inequality.


Billions of dollars are spent annually to address the 65+ million refugees and migrants displaced by conflict, natural disaster, or severe lack of economic opportunity. At the Pulte Institute, we work to integrate sustainable development practices into humanitarianism work and policy in order for crisis interventions to be successful and sustainable.

Effective States and Development

Good governance and effective states are integral to the realization of the SDGs. At the Pulte Institute, we focus on aid effectiveness and policy in the poorest of nations by researching existing programs, evaluating donor agency innovations, and designing new approaches and policies to deliver more effective aid; all in order to ensure states and their policies work for the people.

Business in Development

The private sector is increasingly outspending the public sector in global development investment, but is also faced with challenging ethical dilemmas in nations with weak institutions and corruption. At the Pulte Institute, we provide a home for discussions on ethical and sustainable supply chain performance, social entrepreneurship, and public-private partnerships, among other topics.

Global Health

In a globalized world, disease moves quickly across borders and many global and national public health systems are weak and inadequate. At the Pulte Institute, we seek to take the knowledge developed by Notre Dame researchers to field practitioners, who are on the front lines in developing countries and can put these findings to work.

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