Dignity & Development

Dignity & Development

In-depth analysis of global challenges through the lens of integral human development.

Pinot Noir and dignity needs

April 9, 2021

In a memorable scene from the 2004 movie Sideways, one of the main characters describes his love for Pinot Noir, emphasizing its delicacy as a […]

Handwashing without WASH and lockdowns without toilets: critical contradictions amid COVID-19

March 22, 2021

When COVID-19 became a global pandemic, frequent handwashing, lockdowns, and social distancing were quickly prescribed to control spread and limit new infections. Among these measures, […]

Their deaths shame us all: neoliberalism, COVID-19, and the banality of evil

March 16, 2021

In late March 2020, as the potential scale of the COVID-19 epidemic became clear, a televised conversation unfolded between Fox News host Tucker Carlson and […]

The image and failure of white feminism

March 9, 2021

When you work as a writer in various media, you learn to develop your content with a visual element in mind: you hire an illustrator […]

Integral human development: A brief history

March 5, 2021

Sometimes documents and phrases need to find their moment. When the Declaration of Independence was published in 1776, it made few ripples. Copies were lost; […]

Development, dispossession and authoritarian reversal in Southeast Asia

March 1, 2021

The February 1 military coup in Myanmar is only the latest in a series of authoritarian reversals across the region. It follows a controversial declaration […]

The US national budget is a theft from the poor

February 23, 2021

Budgets are moral documents. They reflect ethical judgments about priorities and what we consider most valuable. By this standard, the US national budget fails the […]

Peace is another name for violence, sometimes

February 17, 2021

Like many of my friends, I rejoiced upon learning about the 2021 nominations of Stacey Abrams and the Movement for Black Lives for the prestigious, […]

A relational understanding of human development

February 11, 2021

Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs has taken the promotion of integral human development as the framework that shapes its research and education programs. […]

The power of presence

February 5, 2021

In the cascade of canceled flights, rescheduled events, and transitions from physical to virtual interactions over the past year, one polite demurral caught my attention: […]

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