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About the Collaborative

The university-wide Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues (CGCI) fosters cross-disciplinary research and dialogue on critical and emerging global children's issues, with a particular focus on children in adversity and pathways to resilience.


  1. Establish Georgetown as a thought leader and convener on issues related to global child development, well-being, and protection.
  2. Connect and support faculty working on global children's issues across Georgetown's schools and campuses.
  3. Support research relevant to policy and practice around critical and emerging challenges affecting children globally.
  4. Engage students through teaching, events, research and other learning opportunities to deepen their knowledge and prepare them to effectively consider and serve children worldwide. 

Why Georgetown?

There are a handful of universities in the United States that prioritize a strategic and sustainable focus on global children’s issues. While some include programs on child protection and development, these are often siloed by sector or department. Few offer opportunities to both undergraduates and graduates, or regular occasions to engage with policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders involved in addressing critical issues affecting the world’s most vulnerable children. 

Georgetown is well-positioned to fill this gap. Washington, DC, is an epicenter of global politics and a hotspot for advocacy and public service; the university is a premier training ground for public policy and foreign service; and Georgetown hosts a number of centers and institutes with deep experience and expertise in child-focused policy and practice. 

The Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues seeks to leverage the university’s capacities across disciplines and its convening power to maximize critical thinking and advance solutions-oriented problem-solving on the most pressing issues facing children worldwide. It will engage faculty, students and administrators based at centers and in programs across the university.