August 30, 2021

Faith in Action: The Catholic Church’s Global Education Footprint

A Conversation with Quentin Wodon

Black elementary school students study at their desks

The Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental provider of basic education, but the scope of the services provided, trends, and the challenges and opportunities the Church confronts in providing these services are poorly understood. Quentin Wodon has a long career at the World Bank and has led work on faith-based organizations in different sectors, including recently launching the volunteer-led Global Catholic Education Project and producing global reports on the state of Catholic education.

This conversation between Wodon and Berkley Center Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall will present the latest evidence on the global footprint of the Church in the education sector. It will focus on the diversity of education provided and some challenges and opportunities associated with the fact that increasingly—with the exception of higher education—the Church provides a majority of its services in low and lower-middle income countries. The implications of the COVID-19 crisis for service delivery by the Church and other faith-linked providers will also be discussed.

This event is co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement.

This event will be recorded and a captioned video will be posted to this page after the event date. Please RSVP to receive an email notification once it is posted.


Katherine Marshall is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, 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 at Georgetown University. She helped to create and now serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

Quentin Wodon is a lead economist at the World Bank. Previously, he managed the Bank’s unit on values, faith, and development, and served as lead poverty specialist for Africa and economist/senior economist for Latin America. Before joining the World Bank, he taught with tenure at the University of Namur. He also taught at American University and Georgetown University.