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About the King Center on Global Development

We are a Stanford University research center working to improve the lives of the world’s poor.

By catalyzing Stanford’s distinctive strengths in global poverty and development research, the Stanford King Center on Global Development is working collaboratively and purposefully to turn path-breaking research into real-world results.

Stimulating and Supporting Research

From support for emerging scholars to large-scale, multi-faculty initiatives, our data- driven research efforts span both the public and private sectors.

Inspiring Students

From hands-on research and experiential learning to events and classes, the Stanford King Center offers resources for students eager to explore the challenges and opportunities of the developing world.

Making a Real-World Impact

Everything we do—from research and awarding student fellowships to convening conferences and events—is motivated by the desire to improve policies that will make people’s lives better.

About Our Benefactors

Bob and Dottie King have a long-standing dedication to global development. Drawing inspiration from relationships built by hosting more than 50 of Stanford’s international students in their home over the last 55 years, Bob and Dottie have made numerous significant philanthropic investments to empower students and entrepreneurs working in emerging economies. At Stanford, in addition to their support for the King Center, the Kings are founding donors of Stanford Seed, an initiative led by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Stanford Seed partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets and provides them with training, coaching, and networking support to build thriving enterprises that transform lives. The Kings also have provided generous support for Knight-Hennessy Scholars, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Athletics, and several other areas across the university.

View the latest annual report

A Stanford University collaboration

The King Center on Global Development is a joint venture between the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, known as Stanford Seed. By encouraging new initiatives and collaboration across the university, the King Center strives to stimulate research to help alleviate global poverty. 


Our 2019 - 2020 Annual Report

In our inaugural annual report, we share highlights from the past year and show how we are adapting our programs to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while remaining committed to supporting research by Stanford faculty and students, as well as providing opportunities for virtual engagement.