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

  • 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.

  • Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure

    The World Bank is supporting research to examine the impact of climate change on water and energy infrastructure in Africa and suggest robust responses. The study focuses on seven of the most important river basins in Africa, as well as considering project-level case studies of five specific hydropower facilities.

  • 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.

  • 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.