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We want our research to have a profound and far-reaching impact on the world’s poor.

Collaboration among academics, policymakers, development organizations, and business leaders is key to making progress. When research insights reach the people who are shaping policy and practice in the developing world, great things can happen. And when the people who are working on the front lines share their experiences with us, it stimulates new research ideas that can make an even greater impact.

While the impact of our research is often hard to measure in a moment, we are constantly striving to turn insights into action, to make progress, to change lives.

These stories reveal how the King Center’s research is working to make an impact.

Catherine Thomas, a PhD candidate in social psychology and Stanford King Center on Global Development research funding recipient, traveled to Niger to help facilitate community discussions around women’s economic development.
Researchers part of the King Center initiative "Improving Health, Intelligence and Economic Growth by Reducing Lead Exposure" have shown that turmeric is a key contributor to lead levels in the blood of rural Bangladeshis.
With support from the King Center, Stanford PhD candidate Christiana Parreira studies how municipal governments function—or not—in Lebanon.
Stanford researchers involved with the Data for Development initiative harness satellite imagery and AI to help fight poverty in Africa