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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure

    Students Evan Bloom, Min Mao, and Tobi Oluwatola are helping to develop location-specific case studies on the Orange and Volta River Basins in Africa to help improve understanding of how climate change may affect water and energy infrastructure investments across the entire continent.

  • Mapping the Diversity of Employment Interventions in South Asia

    The World Bank has commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a stocktaking exercise to map the diversity of employment interventions in South Asia. In addition, RAND will conduct a scoping review of international evidence on the impact of interventions.

  • The Costs of Blindness and the Impacts of Cataract Surgery

    The vast majority of the 39 million people in the world who suffer from blindness live in developing countries. Of these cases, half or more are due to curable cataracts. Researchers are measuring the costs of blindness and impacts of cataract surgery in rural Ethiopia, an area with extremely high cataract prevalence.

  • Examining the Mongolian Labor Market

    RAND will provide support to the Mongolian Ministry of Labour to assess the current structure and functioning of the Mongolian labor market. Working closely with the Ministry's Institute for Labour Studies, RAND will examine trends in labor force indicators to identify key structural constraints, conduct a survey on a particular labor-related policy issue of interest, and develop policy recommendations to improve the functioning of the labor market.

  • Pakistan Urban Sector Assessment

    RAND is examining the trends and implications of rapid urbanization in Pakistan. The analysis leads to recommendations for policies to enhance productivity and economic growth in urban areas.

  • South Asia Regional Trade and Investment Policy

    RAND identified and assessed the role of political economy and non-tariff factors that have impeded regional integration, and developed policy recommendations to promote regional integration in South Asia.