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

  • The Effect of a Ban on Traditional Birth Attendants in Malawi

    RAND is conducting a "natural experiment" in Malawi, where the government banned TBAs in 2007. The study is estimating whether the ban succeeded in shifting women into health facilities, and what impacts the ban had on newborn deaths.

  • Social Networks and Cancer Screening in Nigeria

    Although cervical cancer is largely preventable through regular screening, screening rates in many developing countries remain low—even when screening is readily available and free. RAND is examining how social networks influence the demand for cervical cancer screening in Nigeria.

  • Reforming Indonesia's Policies Towards Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

    This project aims to foster awareness and consensus within the Government of Indonesia for key reforms toward a more comprehensive and coherent development strategy and policies for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) at the national level.

  • Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure

    Location-specific case studies on the Orange and Volta River Basins in Africa will help to improve understanding of how climate change may affect water and energy infrastructure investments across the entire continent.

  • Pakistan Urban Sector Assessment

    RAND is examining the trends and implications of rapid urbanization in Pakistan. The analysis leads to recommendations for policies to enhance productivity and economic growth in urban areas.