The Pardee Global Human Progress Initiative

Offering Bold New Ideas for Socioeconomic Development and Developing Countries

The Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress is a new approach to the chronic problems faced by the developing world. We don't think the answer lies in more basic research. Instead, we focus on topics where evidence is available and where there are motivated and active groups working to use that evidence to improve conditions on the ground. We work in areas where what's needed is experimentation, collaboration, and implementation.

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Featured Projects

  • Traditional Grains stakeholder meeting

    Bringing Traditional Grains Back to the African Dinner Table

    Although they are more nutritious and well-adapted to Africa's agro-ecological conditions, traditional grains have been losing market share to new grains—especially maize, rice and wheat. A joint initiative of Pardee RAND and the African Centre for Economic Transformation explored ways to bring sorghum and millet back to the dinner table, including a series of Superfoods cooking contests.

  • Food-Energy-Water Index Aids Understanding of Human Development

    The interactive Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Index allows those interested in improving development to understand the dominant sources of insecurity in a nation and identify cases where many sources of insecurity are interrelated.

  • World Bank staff share their definitions of "A Good Job"

    Pardee Initiative Contributes to S4YE, Solutions for Youth Employment

    Through the Pardee Initiative, students and faculty are working with alum David Robalino, director of the Labor Markets and Youth team with the Social Protection unit of the World Bank, on S4YE, a collaboration looking at issues of youth unemployment in developing nations and worldwide.

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    Economic Experiments for Global Impact

    Implementing effective solutions for global socioeconomic development and poverty alleviation is a daunting challenge. However, RAND has seen over its decades of work in this area that data-based decisions can improve the welfare of the world's most vulnerable populations.