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King Center research initiatives bring together communities of scholars working on sustained global development and poverty alleviation research agendas.

Learn more about the Request for Proposals (RFP) and application process

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African Urbanization and Development Research Initiative

The African Urbanization and Development Research Initiative (AUDRI) is a research program focusing on the determinants of household welfare and firm growth in two of the fastest growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).

Read more about AUDRI
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Data for Development

The Data for Development initiative explores low-cost, unconventional data streams and helps academics, policymakers, and business leaders craft solutions with real-world impacts on global poverty.

Read more about the Data for Development initiative
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Extreme Poverty, Infrastructure, and Climate

The Extreme Poverty, Infrastructure, and Climate (EPIC) initiative seeks to shed light on how infrastructure investments can spur poverty alleviation, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Read more about the EPIC initiative
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Improving Health, Intelligence and Economic Growth by Reducing Lead Exposure

The initiative identifies stakeholders in the acid battery recycling and leaded paint industries and aims to produce long-term, viable solutions to remove lead from the value chain or find ways to ensure it does not contaminate the environment.

Read more about reducing lead exposure
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Policy and Representation Lab

In partnership with a political party in India and a large central government Ministry, the Policy and Representation Lab will focus on improving women’s representation at all levels of the political process. 

Read more about the Policy and Representation Lab
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Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab

Human trafficking for forced labor or sexual exploitation poses unique challenges for policymakers. However, little is known about how the market for trafficked individuals works – and ultimately, how to prevent these crimes.

Read more about the Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab

Request for Proposals

The King Center invites proposals from Stanford faculty for multi-faculty initiatives harnessing and developing the university’s distinctive strengths in research on global development and poverty.

Review the RFP and application process