Research and Policy in International Development (RAPID)

Despite the rapid economic growth in countries like China, India, and Brazil, around 1 billion people around the world still survive on less than $2 per day. Understanding the factors influencing economic growth and development is therefore crucial to enhancing aggregate human welfare. The RAND Corporation established RAPID in 2009 to help advance this objective. Researchers associated with RAPID are dedicated to improving our knowledge of the challenges individuals and countries face in rising out of poverty and to providing decision makers with the information needed for policies to enhance poverty reduction and well-being and increase economic growth.

Selected Projects and Activities in International Development

  • Registry Provides Data on International Development Impact Evaluations

    Developed by RAND for the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), the Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations is a registry of impact evaluations related to development in low and middle income countries. The purpose of the registry is to enhance the transparency and quality of evaluation research as well as to provide a repository of impact evaluation studies for researchers, funders, and others.

  • Testing Mobile Phone-based Sales to Increase Use of Safe Water Filters in Kenya

    A randomized controlled trial of 300 households in rural western Kenya is testing a potentially scalable and sustainable model to increase purchases and use of durable ceramic safe-water filters to prevent diarrheal illness.

  • Integrating Health Products and Behavior Change with Antenatal Services in Kenya

    RAND is partnering with the Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) in Kenya to investigate whether group-based peer networks will facilitate greater engagement with health facilities and strong support for behavior change.

  • Evaluating the Impact of Access to Private Comprehensive Schooling in Mexico

    One promising avenue for delivering high-quality services to poor populations in developing countries is through subsidized private schools. RAND is investigating the impact and cost-effectiveness of a privately provided, affordable comprehensive schooling model for poor families in Mexico City.

  • Improving Infant and Maternal Health in Rural Nigeria

    In Nigeria, more than 250,000 infants die before reaching their first birthday. The Better Obstetrics in Rural Nigeria (BORN) Study examines efforts to improve maternal and infant health through the provision of skilled birth attendants (midwives) in rural areas. The Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) aims to double the proportion of deliveries attended to by skilled birth attendants and to lower maternal and infant mortality in target areas by 60 percent.