International Development Activities at RAND

The challenge of international development requires thinking beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and RAND excels in providing interdisciplinary expertise and policy-oriented perspectives. RAND has a long history of developing innovative approaches and methodologies and is increasingly asked to apply this expertise to the complex problems facing policymakers working in the field of international development.

Our activities range from an International Development Speaker Series organized by Pardee RAND Graduate School students, with support of several RAND research units, to research conducted by business units such as RAND Europe, RAND Labor and Population, RAND Health, and RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.

The links in this section of the Pardee Initiative will take you offsite to research centers and other sites that RAND supports. Below is a sample of our current and recent research projects on development issues.

RAND Research Projects on International Development

  • The Formal-Informal Labor Nexus and Growth in Bangladesh

    RAND is collaborating with the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) at BRAC University in Dhaka to study the relationship between labor markets in the formal and informal sectors in Bangladesh and the role of the informal sector in stimulating economic growth.

  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Conditional Cash Transfers as a Development Mechanism

    Conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs) are seen as particularly effective in low- and middle-income countries, but relatively little is known about the interface between the supply of services and program administration and specific human development outcomes. RAND Europe assessed the effectiveness of CCTs through a two-year grant from UK Economic Social Research Council and Department for International Development.

  • Evaluation of the Nigerian Midwives Service Scheme: Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation

    The Better Obstetrics in Rural Nigeria (BORN) Study examines the effectiveness of the MSS. A nested qualitative study led by RAND Europe evaluated nine primary care clinics that appeared to be having differing success in terms of recruitment/retention of midwives and uptake of services.

  • The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative's Capacity Building Activities in East Africa

    The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) helps to bridge the gap between scientific and technological potential and the needs of low income populations in low and middle income countries. RAND Europe is evaluating its capacity-building activities — including training, advocacy and broader community engagement activities — in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

  • Transitions to Adulthood: Education, Skills, and Labor Market Outcomes in Madagascar and Senegal

    RAND and its partners are analyzing long-term longitudinal data from Madagascar and Senegal to examine the roles of education, skills, and family background for young men and women who are transitioning into the workforce.

  • The Idle and Unemployed Youth in the Middle East

    This study aims to create a map of youth idleness and unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa region. The results of this study will represent the most comprehensive and up-to-date overview of youth idleness in the region.

  • Evaluating the Wellcome Trust's African Institutions Initiative

    An evaluation of the Wellcome Trust's African Institutions Initiative (AII) indicates several successes while making recommendations for the future. The AII funds consortia to build sustainable, independent health research capacity at African universities and research organisations, to promote research collaboration and to train individuals for research careers in Africa.

  • The Effect of a Ban on Traditional Birth Attendants in Malawi

    RAND is conducting a "natural experiment" in Malawi, where the government banned TBAs in 2007. The study is estimating whether the ban succeeded in shifting women into health facilities, and what impacts the ban had on newborn deaths.

  • Social Networks and Cancer Screening in Nigeria

    Although cervical cancer is largely preventable through regular screening, screening rates in many developing countries remain low—even when screening is readily available and free. RAND is examining how social networks influence the demand for cervical cancer screening in Nigeria.

  • Reforming Indonesia's Policies Towards Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

    This project aims to foster awareness and consensus within the Government of Indonesia for key reforms toward a more comprehensive and coherent development strategy and policies for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) at the national level.