NDIGD to partner with Millennium Challenge Corp. to provide impact evaluation

by Hillary Bengtsson

Gathering water in Nnindye Parish, Uganda

The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) was recently awarded a blanket purchase agreement to partner with the Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC) to provide impact evaluation research for MCC projects.

MCC is a U.S. foreign aid agency created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004 that is committed to providing U.S. foreign assistance by focusing on policies, country ownership and proven results. MCC is working toward improving the lives of people in developing countries by creating the markets of the future, with whom global companies can do business and trade.

NDIGD will draw from multidisciplinary resources at Notre Dame that align with MCC objectives to help foster demand-driven, interdisciplinary approaches to major development challenges.

NDIGD will work to support MCC goals by providing monitoring and evaluation services that will measure the impact of programming on institutions and the impact of reforms on desired outcomes, and by conducting project design and policy analysis for the implementation of global development projects. In addition, the new partnership will support training and capacity building through the integration of multidisciplinary teams and proven approaches to developing training and education programs.

NDIGD embraces a holistic approach in areas that include commerce and economic development, security and peacebuilding, rule of law, global health, infrastructure, human development, energy and the environment, and education. Notre Dame’s strengths will help advance MCC goals via an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach that will combine stringent project monitoring and evaluation, development policy and cooperation, and policy improvement.

“We are very pleased to leverage our University-wide expertise across multiple disciplines to support MCC in monitoring and evaluation, as well as the design of development projects that are well-matched to the University’s expertise, capacity and mission,” said Robert Bernhard, Notre Dame vice president for research.

The new partnership between NDIGD and MCC will help provide a strong framework for the rigorous evaluation of the impact of integrated global development projects that assist in the development of peaceful nations and assist people suffering from extreme poverty.

Contact: Michael Sweikar, NDIGD managing director, msweikar@nd.edu