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Initiatives

Our research initiatives bring together communities of scholars working on sustained global development and poverty alleviation research agendas. Explore our current faculty-led initiatives and learn more about the Request for Proposals (RFP) and application process.

Cars, buses, and small homes line the sides of a crowded African street.

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).

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A large body of research has shown the substantial role that violent conflict plays in underdevelopment around the world, particularly in the most vulnerable communities.

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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.

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

A middle-aged, South African woman stands behind the counter of her shop, writing on a notepad. Her store is well-stocked with convenience items such as soda cans.

The Firms and Global Productivity initiative seeks to understand the underlying forces that drive productivity and how those forces affect economic growth in developing countries.

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In this early-stage initiative, team members aim to better understand the larger context of violence against women in low- and middle-income countries.

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.

The Migration and Development initiative seeks to address the barriers to making migration a powerful catalyst for development in low-income countries.

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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. 

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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.