Promoting Integral Human Development: Challenges and Opportunities for the Church and Catholic Organizations

Dec 15, 2021
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Katherine MarshallGeorgetown University

Patrizio PirainoUniversity of Notre Dame

Diana FilatovaInternational Catholic Child Bureau


Free and open to the public. This event was held online over Zoom. This event was presented by the Lumen Christi Institute and the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization (CREDO), and was cosponsored by Global Researchers Advancing Catholic Education (GRACE), the International Office of Catholic Education (OIEC), the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), the World Organization of Former Students of Catholic Education (OMAEC), the World Union of Catholic Teachers (UMEC-WUTC), the International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE), the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, America Media, the Collegium Institute, the Harvard Catholic Forum, the Nova Forum, the Saint Anselm Institute, and the Saint Benedict Institute.

The concept of integral human development (IHD) is fundamental for the Catholic Church, and the role played by the Church in promoting IHD is essential to its mission. The term IHD emerged from Populorum Progressio, the encyclical on the development of people in which Pope Paul VI stated that “the development of peoples must be well rounded; it must foster the development of each man and of the whole man.” This webinar will feature a conversation on challenges and opportunities for the Church and Catholic organizations to promote IHD. This event will feature a presentation of the Global Report 2021 on Integral Human Development prepared by Quentin Wodon and soon to be available on the Global Catholic Education website, followed by a discussion with a panel of experts – Katherine Marshall, Patrizio Piraino, and Diana Filatova – and a question and answer session with participants.

Katherine Marshall is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, where she leads the center's work on religion and global development, and a professor of the practice of development, conflict, and religion in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. She also serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue and vice president of the G20 Interfaith Association. Marshall, who worked at the World Bank from 1971 to 2006, has over four decades of experience on development issues in Africa, Latin America, Southeast and South Asia, and the Middle East, focusing on the world’s poorest countries and most vulnerable groups. She led the World Bank’s faith and ethics initiative between 2000 and 2006. She has authored or edited many publications in religion and world affairs, including most recently Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen (United States Institute of Peace, 2015), and Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers (Routledge, 2013). She also blogs for the Huffington Post and previously authored the blog “Faith in Action” for the Newsweek/Washington Post website OnFaith. Marshall has a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. from Princeton University, and an MPA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Patrizio Piraino is Associate Professor of Education, Labor, and Development in the Keogh School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, and Director of the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He is an applied microeconomist with a focus on education, labor, and development, with particular expertise in issues related to global socioeconomic mobility. In recent years Piraino has worked on experimental evaluations, including collaborating with government agencies and the World Bank to perform impact evaluations of alternative public services to promote youth work-readiness and employment. He has widely published on education and labor markets. He is currently working on projects ranging from examination of the impact of innovative post-primary education programs using field experiments, to developing cross-national comparative analyses of socioeconomic mobility.

Diana Filatova is Program Officer for Europe, Central Asia, and Cambodia for the International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE). She is also manages BICE's program addressing Violence Against Children. Filatova graduated from the University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne with a degree in international cooperation and humanitarian action, and has 10 years of experience in the field of children's rights, with a particular interest in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She specializes in issues related to the protection of children from different types of violence and ensuring the rights of children with disabilities, including the right to education and the right to live in a family.