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Mandela Washington Fellowship Returns to Notre Dame in June

Mandela Washington Fellowship Returns to Notre Dame in June

The Pulte Institute announces its selection as an Institute Partner for the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning in mid-June, Pulte will host its tenth cohort of emerging African business leaders for a six-week Leadership Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Selected through a rigorous application process, the 25 Fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting positive change in their organizations, countries, and communities.

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A Conversation with Estela Rivero

A Conversation with Estela Rivero

Pulte Institute Senior Researcher Estela Rivero’s insatiable inquisitiveness and yearning to dive deep to understand a problem, a concept, or a phenomenon from all perspectives helps her bring new questions and insights to the table. In this Q&A, Estela discusses her experience and journey in the global development sector.

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Unprecedented Partnerships to Combat Global Poverty

Unprecedented Partnerships to Combat Global Poverty

In Notre Dame’s new Poverty Initiative, The Pulte Institute will be at the forefront of developing strategies, researching best practices, and implementing innovative programs. “We are lowering the barriers to conducting global research and increasing discovery, pursuing promising paths forward that only a collective effort can forge,” says William J. Pulte Director Tracy Kijewski-Correa.

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New Tools to Measure Respect for Human Dignity

New Tools to Measure Respect for Human Dignity

Measuring human dignity — assessing various aspects of an individual's well-being, rights, and intrinsic value — is inherently challenging due to its subjective nature. While there isn’t a universally accepted tool for measuring human dignity, the Pulte Institute explores how institutions and individuals demonstrate respect for human dignity.

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FLARE Boosts Forests as Pathways to Prosperity

FLARE Boosts Forests as Pathways to Prosperity

For the past 12 years, FLARE (Forests and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) has catalyzed cutting-edge research to promote the benefits of forests. The collaborative hub of scholars, educators, and practitioners is working across different disciplines to halt the loss of ecosystems and protect biodiversity. FLARE also sees Indigenous People's push for protecting their rights to lands as critical to slowing deforestation.

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'Threats to Democracy are Spreading in the Whole Region'

'Threats to Democracy are Spreading in the Whole Region'

CSIS Americas Program and the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development, in partnership with the Keough School and Pulte Institute, organized "Democracy and the Catholic Church in Nicaragua," an event focusing on democratic backsliding in Nicaragua and the role of the Catholic Church and faith-based society.

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Proximity to Books Enhances Students’ Learning

Proximity to Books Enhances Students’ Learning

Providing textbooks to all students remains a relatively cost-effective way to deliver educational content compared to other resources. A recent SHARE study examined ways to make such learning materials more accessible to educators in Cambodia.

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New Faculty Publication Reviews Studies on Conflicts Between Sub-Saharan African Farmers and Herders

New Faculty Publication Reviews Studies on Conflicts Between Sub-Saharan African Farmers and Herders

For centuries, farmers and herders in West and Central Africa lived a relatively peaceful coexistence. However, climate change in the last few decades, coupled with ethnic, religious, and identity politics, has led to violent clashes that pose a significant threat to the region’s security and stability. Pulte Core Affiliated Faculty Ellis A. Adams and colleagues recently published a peer-reviewed article suggesting effective ways to mitigate and manage conflict.

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Recent Highlights

U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said at the COP28 climate summit in the UAE in November 2023 that the “earth’s vital signs are failing.” Along with world leaders, William J. Pulte Director Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Pulte Institute Core Affiliated Faculty Emily Grubert, Daniel C. Miller, and Paul Winters recently spoke about their research and how the urgency of their work becomes more evident every day as global warming exacerbates existing barriers to opportunities among the most vulnerable.


Water scarcity now threatens the health and development of communities around the globe. And climate change intensifies the problem, pushing governments to find more innovative, collaborative ways to address water stress. That’s why we need new metrics to monitor and assess Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene or WASH interventions, says Pulte Institute Evidence and Learning Associate Director Danice Brown Guzmán.


The Pulte Institute takes a lead role in expanding Notre Dame’s research portfolio with federal agencies. Executive Director Michael Sweikar drew on his expertise in developing well-crafted proposals and offered this webinar hosted by LASER PULSE, with information on processes and procedures, policies and guidelines, and tips and tools to facilitate and support Grant Proposal Development.


As the University kicks off Walk the Walk Week with events designed to help us consider how we can take an active role in making Notre Dame more inclusive, we’re heeding the words of William J. Pulte Director Tracy Kijewski-Correa, who says, “The root of all that’s wrong in the world is that we value some lives less than others.” She explains that everyone, no matter their stature or status, brings something to the table.


On Earth Day 2023, Program Manager and Research Associate Lizzie Dolan says with climate change and historically irresponsible stewardship of water, we are increasingly facing barriers to having accessible, adequate, and acceptable water. One project the Pulte Institute is working on to supply safe water is the Sustainability and Human Rights Initiative, or SHRI, which offers states and corporations a research-based approach to fulfill this fundamental right.


“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of,” the revered Nelson Mandela said. His quote echoes the activities the Mandela Washington Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame tapped into in the summer of 2023. In addition to workshops and coaching sessions that ranged from leadership and wellness to managing non-governmental organizations and developing public-private partnerships, the Fellows also experience Fourth of July celebrations at South Bend’s Four Winds Field and whitewater rafting. Thank you to Pulte Institute student intern Samuel Villagra-Stanton for creating this video that highlights some of the magic of the 2023 program.