International Development Activities at RAND

Women in Burkina Faso

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

  • When the Islamic State Comes to Town: Iraq and Syria from Space

    Using satellite imagery and a novel analytic approach, a team of RAND researchers developed a fine-grained, data-driven assessment of economic life inside ISIL's self-styled caliphate.

  • Evaluating the Sudan Free of Female Genital Cutting Programme

    RAND Europe is part of a consortium tasked with evaluating SFFGC for the UK Department for International Development. The evaluation aims to inform the refinement of SFFGC’s approach and to inform the shape of future programming on female genital mutilation/cutting and related programme initiatives.

  • International Development Programme Takes Interdisciplinary Approach

    The challenge of international development requires thinking beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and RAND Europe excels in providing interdisciplinary expertise and policy-oriented perspectives. We address complex problems with tailored methodologies and appropriate and innovative perspectives.

  • Supporting the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco

    As part of a larger OECD effort, RAND Europe researchers will analyse the strengths and challenges of Morocco's current approach for teacher appraisal and provide actionable policy recommendations and advice for implementing improvements.

  • Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    A research team from RAND Europe and several other organisations are evaluating the role of EU-funded R&D into poverty-related and neglected diseases, in particular examining contributions to achieving universal health coverage and improving population health in low and middle-income countries.

  • Reducing Opium Poppy Cultivation in Southern Afghanistan

    What's driving opium poppy cultivation in southern Afghanistan? And how might rural development, eradication, and other programs affect farmers' decisions to cultivate?

  • A Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Provides the Best Economic Outcomes

    The Israeli economy stands to gain more than $120 billion over the next decade in a two-state solution, a possible resolution of the long-standing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinians would gain $50 billion, with average per-capita income rising by about 36 percent.

  • Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure

    Working with the World Bank, RAND researchers used robust decision methods to provide the first continent-wide evaluation of the potential effects of climate change on such investments. They also examined the potential impacts of climate change on five specific hydropower and irrigation projects.

  • 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.