NDIGD launches new podcast hosted by director Ray Offenheiser

Author: Luis Ruuska

The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) has launched a new podcast, which is hosted by Ray Offenheiser, director of NDIGD and a distinguished professor of the practice in the Keough School of Global Affairs, NDIGD's parent unit at the University of Notre Dame.

The Global Pathways Podcast with Ray Offenheiser features leading policy-makers, academics, researchers, activists, entrepreneurs, and others working to address today's most pressing global challenges. In one-on-one conversations with Offenheiser, guests discuss current events, public policy, cutting-edge research, and more.

"Through this podcast, we hope to help our listeners go beyond the headlines to explore global development policy and practice with leading experts from the frontlines," explains Offenheiser. "We live in an increasingly complex and interconnected global society where it is essential that we can hear from individuals who are navigating that complexity and can inspire us with the courage and insight that they bring to addressing seemingly intractable questions and realities. We hope that the casual, yet in-depth format of this podcast will be inviting to listeners of all backgrounds and provide a more nuanced window into a variety of key global issues."

The first three episodes of The Global Pathways Podcast with Ray Offenheiser are currently streaming and feature three leading global experts who were on the Notre Dame campus during the 2019 spring semester.

Episode One

Episode one features Scott Paul, the humanitarian policy lead at Oxfam America, who was on campus for an event organized by NDIGD titled: “Hope for Yemen: Ending the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis.” In the episode, Paul and Offenheiser discuss the Saudi Arabian–led intervention in Yemen, which has led to a humanitarian crisis that has been called "the worst in the world" by the United Nations.

Episode Two

Episode two features Admiral Tim Ziemer, the acting assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), who was on campus for an event organized by the Eck Institute for Global Health titled: "The Importance of U.S. Leadership in Global Health.” In the episode, Ziemer and Offenheiser discuss how the U.S. is working to address critical health and humanitarian issues across the globe.

Episode Three

Episode three features Ben Phillips, co-founder of the Fight Inequality Alliance, who was on campus throughout the spring semester as a Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, which is also a part of the Keough School. In the episode, Phillips and Offenheiser discuss a variety of topics related to domestic and global inequality, including the concentration of wealth among a handful of individuals; the relationship between taxes on the wealthy and economic growth; and the links between inequality and poverty.

Future episodes of The Global Pathways Podcast with Ray Offenheiser will be released throughout the fall and spring semesters. Listeners can stream and subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, or PodBean.

Offenheiser's expertise and policy work is focused on food security and agricultural policy; foreign assistance policy; humanitarian response to natural disasters and armed conflict; human rights and activism; and sustainability in corporate supply chains. Prior to joining Notre Dame in August 2017, Offenheiser was the president of Oxfam America—a Boston-based international relief and development agency and the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam International—for over 20 years. He has served on the advisory boards of the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Aspen Institute, among other organizations.

The Global Pathways Podcast with Ray Offenheiser is recorded by Luis Ruuska, the communications program manager at NDIGD, and edited and produced by Resonate Recordings.

The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD)—an integral part of the new Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame—works to address global poverty and inequality through policy, practice, and partnership. 

Contact: Luis Ruuska, communications specialist, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, lruuska@nd.edu