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

  • Pardee Initiative Offers Bold Ideas for Global Human Progress

    Launched in December 2013 with a generous grant from Frederick S. Pardee, the Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress is a new approach to chronic problems faced by the developing world, most notably food insecurity and challenges of urbanization.

  • Testing Mobile Phone-based Sales to Increase Use of Safe Water Filters in Kenya

    A randomized controlled trial of 300 households in rural western Kenya is testing a potentially scalable and sustainable model to increase purchases and use of durable ceramic safe-water filters to prevent diarrheal illness.

  • Integrating Health Products and Behavior Change with Antenatal Services in Kenya

    RAND is partnering with the Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) in Kenya to investigate whether group-based peer networks will facilitate greater engagement with health facilities and strong support for behavior change.

  • Improving Infant and Maternal Health in Rural Nigeria

    The Better Obstetrics in Rural Nigeria (BORN) Study examines the effectiveness of the Nigerian Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) with respect to reducing maternal and infant mortality in rural, underserved areas of the country. BORN's RAND-led research team pairs experts from the RAND Health, RAND Labor and Population, and RAND Europe with those leading the field in Nigeria to evaluate the program.

  • Creating an Innovation System for Knowledge City

    Knowledge City is a planned environmentally and technologically advanced city in China's Guangzhou Development District. This report introduces innovation systems and clusters, describes the factors that led to the successes of Silicon Valley, the life sciences corridor in Maryland, and the Israeli technology cluster, and uses findings from those cases and other research to outline the steps GDD will need to take to make Knowledge City a success.

  • Assessing the Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Excessive Fertilizer Use in China

    This evaluation, based on a randomized control trial in 48 villages in Beijing and Hunan provinces, seeks to estimate the effect of training Chinese farmers in the proper use and application of fertilizers, focusing on the role of farmer cooperative organizations (FCO).

  • Fostering Private-Sector Job Growth in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

    In this study, RAND researchers are providing the Kurdistan Regional Government with strategies to foster private-sector job growth in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq by providing estimates of future changes in both the labor force and the composition of the private sector and facilitating matches between private-sector employers seeking workers and individuals seeking employment. This study is designed to build on recent RAND research on civil-service reform and private-sector development.

  • Improving Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

    To address problem of inadequate skills and job preparation of entrants to the labor force, this study t assessed the skills needed by the rapidly expanding KRI economy, evaluated the current Technical and Vocational Education and Training System, and developed recommendations and a roadmap for reform and expansion of the system.

  • Identifying the Research Landscape for Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership asked RAND Europe and Bairds CMC to examine the current research landscape for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. RAND Europe is conducting desk research to identify active researchers and institutions, national strategies and current public funding commitments in these disease areas. Bairds CMC is responsible for in-country, stakeholder interviews.

  • 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.


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